Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

Released: April 15, 1992

"There is much that is stimulating in Rosenfield's rereading of history and case studies, but his synthesis may swing the pendulum too far in the direction of an all-encompassing explanatory principle that reverses Descartes's dictum: For Rosenfield, it is I am (have a body), therefore I think."
City University's Rosenfield has been described as one ``trained as a mathematician, a physician, a philosopher, and a historian of ideas.'' Aspects of all four are reflected in this short and provocative work, with perhaps the lion's share being that of the philosopher. Read full book review >
Released: April 13, 1992

"Still, overall, rewarding- -if demanding."
A deep, wide-ranging, and scholarly exploration of emotion by two psychologists who assert that this area of human nature is much more subject to our control and creative transformation than is commonly believed. Read full book review >

Released: April 8, 1992

"Replete with anecdotal material, this offers few new insights but does lay out issues of development that only adoptees face over the course of life."
A rather thin volume that nevertheless will reassure adoptees that it is usual for questions about adoption and birth parents to persist throughout life. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Those close to people with mental illness should find insight and gentle guidance here."
The younger sister of a woman with lifelong disabling mental illness describes her struggles to oversee her sister's care after their mother's death, and to acknowledge the deeply pervasive effects of the illness on her own self-image and outlook. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Every quote from Tocqueville makes you wish that he were still here to speak for himself."
Here, Derber (Sociology/Boston College; coauthor, Power in the Highest Degree, 1990) blames America's ethical, social, and economic collapse on ``wilding''—the same term used for the brutal 1989 attack by a gang of youths on a Central Park jogger. ``Wilding'' is an epidemic, Derber argues, ``seeping into America mainly from the top.'' Why use the term ``wilding''? ``Wilding includes a vast spectrum of self-centered and self- aggrandizing behavior that harms others.'' Its cause? Read full book review >

Released: March 23, 1992

"With economic troubles all around and fortunes gone sour overnight, Brim forsakes the quick fix for thoughtful observations about how we drive ourselves and measure results."
Succinct and finely tuned thoughts on why happiness has little to do with money, youth, or even education, by the director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Mid-Life Development. Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 1992

"Pines capably provides a reassuring message—that jealousy is normal and even potentially beneficial—for those who suffer its pangs."
A remarkably eclectic approach to understanding and coping with jealousy, by Berkeley psychologist Pines (Keeping the Spark Alive; coauthor, Career Burnout—both 1988). Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 1992

A Berkeley psychotherapist urges women to explore their deepest connections with their mothers, daughters, and female ancestors to arrive at a full and productive sense of self—and, as inspiration, offers a captivating account of her own search for her female roots. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 1992

Calling itself ``an operator's manual to the psyche'' of men (and a guide to their ``hard-wiring'' for women), this is also a firm if rather theoretical response to critics who charge that men's movement gatherings and exhortations are silly, reactive, and shallow. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 1992

"Here the details are sketchy but fit the cases—which are unforgettable."
Strangely enough, this is not a book about schizophrenia— where the defining characteristic is to experience hallucinations. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 1992

Rubin (American Studies/SUNY at Brockport) offers a thorough, thoughtful history and critique of ``middlebrow culture'' during the 1920's-40's, profiling Will Durant and other ``apostles of a shattered faith'' who promoted it. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1992

"Thoughtful and balanced, despite its volatile subject, and deserving a place on the same postfeminist shelf as Deborah Tannen's You Just Don't Understand, Myriam Miedzian's Boys Will Be Boys, or Susan Faludi's Backlash."
Here, a contributing editor to New York Woman convincingly argues that some degree of man-hating (``misandry'') is practically universal among American women today. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >