Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 4, 1994

"With rich allusions to myth, superstition, religion, anthropology, a challenging and rewarding book, well worth the stretch it requires."
In this challenging, provocative, and original multi- disciplinary study, Mengham (English/Cambridge) goes beyond linguistics, semantics, and philology, to consider language in the evolution of social life, from its mystical role in religion to its historical one in culture and its material one in economics. Read full book review >
INTIMACY AND SOLITUDE by Stephanie Dowrick
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Learned, sensitive, and compassionate: self-help fare at its best."
Co-founder of the Women's Press in England and practicing psychotherapist Dowrick reflects on the interdependent nature of intimacy and solitude. Read full book review >

OUT OF SILENCE by Russell Martin
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Crucial reading for parents and professionals."
Juxtaposing the pain of childhood autism with theories of how language develops and functions, Martin (A Story That Stands Like a Dam, 1989, etc.) evokes the miracle of speech and the tragedy of its loss—in a loving tribute to his nephew, Ian, and his family. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"However, had the authors avoided cutesy neologisms, visits to another planet, and other textural distractions, their many useful examples and well-taken points might have been even better taken."
Riding the wave of popularizations of chaos and complexity theory is this new contender by a pair of English science writers, Cohen, a biologist, and Stewart, a mathematician. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A popular but intelligent approach to a continuing concern."
Is there such a thing as a universal code of ethics? Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A terrifying story, brilliantly told, as well as a commentary on American culture during the 1970's."
How psychotherapy led to control and ultimate disaster in a West Coast community, narrated by journalist Mithers (author of the much ballyhooed 1982 Village Voice article ``My Life as a Man''). Read full book review >
CYBERIA by Douglas Rushkoff
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1994

"A provocative, wide-ranging survey of the current state of the interface between the longings of youth and the wild potentials of computer technology."
Rushkoff, a New York-based journalist, goes west to Berkeley for a look inside Cyberia—the emerging countercultural terrain of computer hackers, ``smart'' drugs, house music, and a range of alternate ``cyberpunk'' lifestyles and anarchic philosophies. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A well-researched and documented account of the breakdown of one fragile and deeply troubled human being and of the system that failed him. (For another view of this case, sympathetic to Bean-Bayog, see, Chafetz: Obsession, above.)"
A thoughtful examination of the headline-making Bean- Baylog/Lozano case that raises serious questions about psychiatric standards, unorthodox psychotherapeutic techniques, and the ability of the medical community to regulate itself. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Detailed, generous analyses of complex artists, buttressed by lucid cultural speculation."
In the shadow of ``ethnic cleansing'' and rigid nationalism, a noted academic literary critic examines exemplary creations of the ``plural self'' and urges an extension of the private ironies of ``postmodern subjectivity'' into the public sphere. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF PARADOX by Charles Handy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 1994

"Anecdotal antidotes to the discontents and discontinuities of the present fin de siäcle from a lively and open mind. (First printing of 30,000)"
As a graceful and challenging follow-up to The Age of Unreason (1990), Handy makes a pitch for more humanely adaptive responses to the convulsive transformations he says are in store for the industrial West. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 16, 1994

"Satisfyingly upbeat, but with a tendency to weight the evidence toward the author's choice of trends, much like the popular magazines he often cites."
An optimistic look into the future, predicting psychological and social trends that will shape Americans in the next century. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 16, 1994

"First-rate medical detection that lights up a corner of the human mind."
Artfully told stories of the often-astonishing discovery of memories of traumatic childhood events. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >