Books by Marilyn Yalom

THE SOCIAL SEX by Marilyn Yalom
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Such unsupportable assertions, heartfelt though they may be, undermine the authors' considerable research."
How sisterhood has flourished throughout history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Yalom's prose occasionally seems a bit breathless for an octogenarian author, but her first-person confidences give this an engagingly informal tone that matches the relatively light treatment of its subject."
Cultural historian Yalom (Birth of the Chess Queen, 2004, etc.) explicates Gallic attitudes toward the not-always-so-tender passion. Read full book review >
BIRTH OF THE CHESS QUEEN by Marilyn Yalom
Released: May 1, 2004

"Often enlightening, but approaches daffiness when the epilogue invites us to place the chess queen alongside the Amazon, the Earth Mother, and the Virgin Mary, or to consider Hilary Rodham Clinton as a chess-queen incarnate. (b&w photos throughout; 13 color plates not seen)"
Some tenuous speculations about the co-emergence of powerful political women and the most puissant piece on the chessboard. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE WIFE by Marilyn Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"No startling new insights here, but a useful and refreshingly cheerful overview of women's changing roles in marriage and society."
An upbeat history of the evolution of marriage, "wifedom," and women's status through European and American history. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE BREAST by Marilyn Yalom
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"The bibliography, however, is a gem for any starting student. (98 illustrations) (Author tour)"
Sacred, erotic, domestic, even civic incarnations of the breast from Paleolithic times to the present in an ambitious catalogue of necessarily selective cultural history. ``I intend to make you think about women's breasts as you never have before,'' asserts Yalom, senior scholar at Stanford's Institute of Women and Gender (Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1993

"A sound though scattered exposition, then, and a good basis for future research."
Yalom (a researcher at Stanford's Institute for Women and Gender Studies; Maternity, Morality, and the Literature of Madness, 1985, etc.—not reviewed) offers a diffuse literary and feminist perspective on the 138 memoirs of the French Revolution written by women (out of a total of 1,502). Read full book review >