Books by Dalton Conley

Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An illuminating look at what the brave new world of the future may hold."
A fresh look at the nature vs. nurture debate and the role of race in shaping intelligence and personality. Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 2014

"Will appeal to parents whose idea of comedy hews closer to Arrested Development than Leave It to Beaver—but do you want parenting advice from the Bluth family?"
A parent's-eye view of recent scientific research into "the job you can never quit," with a lot of winking. Read full book review >
ELSEWHERE, U.S.A. by Dalton Conley
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Bright, readable, overblown view of our hyperactive times."
Provocative analysis of stressed-out, striving upper-income professional couples cast adrift in today's 24/7 market-based information economy. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 2004

"Reveals a much more fascinatingly shaded world than that of those who choose either nature or nurture."
The roles of nature, nurture, and birth order as they relate to socioeconomic success. Read full book review >
HONKY by Dalton Conley
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Not without its charm, Conley's account has the makings of a made-for-television movie."
Conley (Sociology/New York Univ.) recounts his years of growing up poor in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York, where as a white he was a minority amid Latinos, blacks, and Asians. His mother and father were a bohemian couple who abandoned their respectable origins and moved to the inner city. Young Conley went to school first on the Lower East Side first and later in Greenwich Village. The comparison between the poorer schools of the Lower East Side with those of better-off Greenwich Village allows the sociologist in Conley, mercifully gagged until that point, to come gushing through, in the process spilling the jargon of his profession over what had heretofore been a fine first-person narrative. Sociology gets him into trouble in other ways as well. Conley, for example, is inclined to appropriate slang words like "yo" from their present usage back into the late 1960s—when, arguably, it was being used only in some small sectors of the black community. Moreover, the word "honky" is a slightly disingenuous pejorative term, used (by Latinos mostly) more for its shock value than for anything else. More serious still is Conley's portrayal of blacks (and some Latinos, too) as hopeless victims—in contrast to the whites, who emerge triumphantly unscathed to tell the black and Latino stories with all their sympathies in all the right places. Read full book review >