Also of interest
In what divides us
by Amy Chua (Penguin, $28)
“A lot of the interest of Political Tribes comes from the sense it emanates of an author arguing with herself,” said David Frum in The New York Times. Amy Chua, a Yale law professor best known for her popular memoir about being a “tiger mom,” can’t seem to decide if Americans are uniquely equipped to overcome tribal divisions or uniquely blind to how deep they run. While our belief in a melting-pot culture has been a mend-all, Chua is “hardly alone” in her worry about its enduring strength
Ask Me About My Uterus
by Abby Norman (Nation, $27)
Abby Norman’s experience with doctors has been “strikingly and distressingly Victorian,” said Rachel Vorona Cote in NewRepublic.com. In a book that blends memoir and manifesto, Norman details how she endured severe pain for years that no physician took seriously, and she ties that ordeal to medicine’s long history of indifference to or crackpot theories about female suffering. “Too often, a woman’s pain is not merely met with doubt, but suspicion”—and the sufferer tries to just push past it.
Separate and Unequal
by Steven M. Gillon (Basic, $32)
Consider this book “a case study in the futility of leadership by blue-ribbon panel,” said Edward Kosner in The Wall Street Journal. In 1967, in the wake of deadly urban riots, a presidential commission was convened to study the causes of the unrest, and wound up splintering along lines that have divided the country ever since. The final Kerner Commission report was a best-seller that put the blame on white racism and advocated sweeping remedies. Not even President Johnson wanted to hear that.
by Virginia Eubanks (St. Martin’s, $27)
“Automating Inequality should be required reading for every politician, public servant, and software engineer,” said Cordelia Fine in the Financial Times. Though we like to think digital technology is making life more efficient and better for all, Virginia Eubanks’ “chilling” exposé shows that the poor often lose when government services are computerized. More people are wrongfully denied aid, and applying for it can also make them targets of increased police scrutiny. ■