Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Uneven, then, but generally solid, shrewd, short on jargon, and long on common sense—with a powerful message: all therapists, even drug-dispensing psychiatrists, need to have as much therapy as possible before practicing on the rest of us."
Don't be put off by the lurid title, the occasionally sensationalistic material, or Myers's clunky prose. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An intense and persuasive call for Israelis to confront their consciences—and for others to consider some of the spiritual questions imbedded in the politics."
An American briefly imprisoned in his adopted Israel—for refusing to serve in the army on the West Bank—ponders the moral and practical implications of Israel's increasingly violent occupation of the territories. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Duncan's distress is evident, but the mazes of her obsession make for a most tortuous read. (Photographs.)"
Snarled saga of a mother searching for her daughter's killer. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 29, 1992

"Shurkin successfully humanizes the Terman study at the same time that he lifts the veil of romance from its subjects."
A revelatory report on the late Lewis Terman's extraordinary study of nearly 1,500 intellectually ``gifted'' children, a study that began in 1921 and continues today. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 29, 1992

"Even with the celebrity gloss, essentially uninspired and uninspiring."
Interviews with numerous individuals, many of them celebrities, on how they have coped with adversity. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 19, 1992

"Not another quick-fix book, but a sober look at what's known about the nature of human happiness. (Twenty-five illustrations- -not seen.)"
Myers, a research-oriented social psychologist whose views, he acknowledges, are colored by his Christian values, offers an ``interim report on a fledgling science''— the study of happiness. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 15, 1992

Here, rescued from out-of-print limbo in an apparent attempt to capitalize on the success of Keen's bestselling A Fire in the Belly, comes a 1980 Keen work, slightly revised and given a new introduction—and a new name, so much more 90's-style than the original: What to Do When You're Bored and Blue. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 15, 1992

"The women's narratives speak eloquently for themselves."
A notable contribution to the understanding of women's development, as leading Jungian analyst Woodman comments on and provides a theoretical framework for personal accounts by three of her clients. Read full book review >
THE SILENT PASSAGE by Gail Sheehy
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 12, 1992

"Sheehy's book will be a bible for them—and hopefully for the doctors who treat them."
A compelling discussion about menopause, packed with facts and anecdotes that are right on target for the baby-boom women about to encounter change of life. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 11, 1992

An impressively researched, authoritative, and absolutely mind-boggling survey of ``the transformative capacities of human nature.'' As to be expected from a co-founder of California's Esalen Institute, the emphasis here is very much on mind-body phenomena, with the focus on individuals who apparently have extended the usual reach of human possibility—saints, mystics, psychics, artists, geniuses, etc. Drawing on an astonishing array of eyewitness accounts, scientific studies, biographies, letters, monographs, etc., Murphy rigorously organizes his vast material into three categories: ``Possibilities for Extraordinary Life''; ``Transformative Practices''; and ``Evidence for Human Transformative Capacity.'' In the last category, for example, he discusses and documents placebo effects, spiritual healing, hypnosis, ``somatic'' disciplines such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, yogic powers, the charismas of saints, etc. All this fascinating if sometimes sensational information does serve a purpose, of course—to illuminate the author's ``central observations and proposals,'' e.g., that ``the evidence for extraordinary human attributes strongly supports some sort of penentheism....the doctrine that Divinity is both immanent and transcendent to the universe.'' Whatever one thinks of Murphy's conclusions, even a casual dipping into his text, which will no doubt become a primary source for future mind-body investigation, will reveal a world of inspiring wonders. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 8, 1992

"Follow your bliss'' prescriptions seem a sure tonic for the times."
How do adults grow? Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 6, 1992

"An original and highly stimulating argument in favor of bringing science and scientists back down to earth."
Former physics professor Schwartz offers a captivating history of the progressive alienation between Western culture and its scientists—an unnatural split that, he says, can be blamed for, among other things, modern technological disasters, cultural malaise, and the physics-propelled cold war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >