Upon its initial publication in 1998, Trevor Bryce's The Kingdom of the Hittites was acclaimed as the best English-language history of the Hittite empire yet, but it was mostly a fairly dry listing of which king succeeded which. As a follow-up, Bryce offered something that focuses more on the Hittite little guy, or at least little guys important enough to leave traces in cuneiform texts.
LIFE AND SOCIETY IN THE HITTITE WORLD consists of thirteen chapters that each focus on some particular demographic. Sure, chapter one concerns only that kingly sphere that Bryce's earlier book did, but then we get depictions of what life might have been like for scribes, farmers, merchants, warriors and healers, as well as descriptions of marriage, religious observance, funeral rites and popular mythology.
This is an entertaining book, and a necessary complement to Bryce's earlier history. It could be improved, however. One weakness is that although Bryce is clearly indulging in a lot of speculation (the phrasing "X may have Y" is seemingly on every page), there is no chapter describing the sources used so we can get some feel for how firm his vision of Hittite life might be. Sources are briefly described, but only in footnote citations that will be help more to specialists than the wide audience this book is directed at. Also, the last chapter, which muses on what debt Greek mythology and poetics might have to links with Bronze Age Anatolia, feels somewhat out of place here.