Shining Stars | The Best Social Sciences Books of the Year (So Far)

Important reads ranging across multiple subjects.


Kellerman, Gabriella Rosen & Martin E.P. Seligman. Tomorrowmind: Thriving at Work—Now and in an Uncertain Future. Atria. Jan. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781982159764. $28.99.


Linton, David E. Crushed: How Student Debt Has Impaired a Generation and What To Do About It. J. Ross. Aug. 2023. 300p. ISBN 9781604271898. pap. $34.95.


Finkel, Michael. The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession. Knopf. Jun. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9780525657323. $28.

Kenneally, Christine. Ghosts of the Orphanage: A Story of Mysterious Deaths, a Conspiracy of Silence, and a Search for Justice. PublicAffairs: Perseus. Mar. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781541758513. $30.


Leach, Samantha. The Elissas: Three Girls, One Fate, and the Deadly Secrets of Suburbia. Legacy Lit. Jun. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780306826917. $29.

Nguyen, Beth. Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir. Scribner. Jul. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781982196349. $27.

Prince Harry. Spare. Random. Jan. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593593806. $36.

Shapiro, Ari. The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening. HarperOne. Mar. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780063221345. $28.99.

Smith, Maggie. You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir. Atria/One Signal. Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781982185855. $28.


Damour, Lisa. The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents. Ballantine. Feb. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780593500019. $28.

Grandin, Temple. Autism and Education, the Way I See It: What Parents and Teachers Need To Know. Future Horizons. Apr. 2023. 112p. ISBN 9781957984070. pap. $17.95.

Tsabary, Shefali. The Parenting Map: Step-by-Step Solutions To Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-Child Relationship. HarperOne. Feb. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780063267954. $29.99.

Zucker, Meg. Born Extraordinary: Empowering Children with Differences and Disabilities. TarcherPerigee. Mar. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780593419380. pap. $18.


Dallek, Matthew. Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right. Basic. Mar. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781541673564. $32.

Neiwert, David. The Age of Insurrection: The Radical Right’s Assault on American Democracy. Melville House. Jun. 2023. 544p. ISBN 9781685890360. $39.99.


Alderson-Day, Ben. Presence: The Strange Science and True Stories of the Unseen Other. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781250278258. $28.99.

Nuwer, Rachel. I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781635579574. $28.99.


Alsultany, Evelyn. Broken: The Failed Promise of Muslim Inclusion. NYU. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781479823963. $30.

Betts, Reginald Dwayne (text) & Titus Kaphar (illus.). Redaction. Norton. Feb. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781324006824. $100.

Gordon, Aubrey. “You Just Need To Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People. Beacon. Jan. 2023. 232p. ISBN 9780807006474. pap. $15.95.

Gross, Neil. Walk the Walk: How Three Police Chiefs Defied the Odds and Changed Cop Culture. Metropolitan: Holt. Mar. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781250777522. $27.99.

Kenway, Emily. Who Cares: The Hidden Crisis of Caregiving, and How We Solve It. Seal. May 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781541601222. $29.

Saraswati, L. Ayu. Scarred: A Feminist Journey Through Pain. NYU. Apr. 2023. 232p. ISBN 9781479817092. pap. $27.

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