Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Bloom's basic thesis is thought-provoking and often full of valuable insight; it is unfortunate that the implications he derives from it are so likely to encourage the worst aspects of human nature to come to the fore."
This exploration of the roots of violence in human society finds a villain in biology: not in the genetic urge that drives each organism to reproduce, but in the forces that create larger "superorganisms" that seek to perpetuate themselves. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 20, 1994

"A revealing analysis that shows how maps sometimes deserve a place in the unholy triumvirate of lies, damned lies, and statistics. (30 b&w drawings and 15 half-tones)"
An intriguing dissection of how maps, with their pictorial clarity and aura of scientific objectivity, have exerted the power to persuade—and often mislead. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1994

"Welcome and generally useful information for the growing number of men and women contemplating partnerships after 60. (Author tour)"
An informal exploration of romantic love and marriage among those usually considered old enough to know better. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"One of the best books ever written about biography, psycho- or otherwise."
Psychologist Elms wants to transform bestselling, warts-and- all biographers (``pathographers,'' as Joyce Carol Oates has labeled them) into sensitive, thoughtful chroniclers of textured lives. Read full book review >
LESBIAN CHOICES by Claudia Card
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A learned inquiry into lesbianism, more useful to Card's colleagues in academia than to popular readers."
A dense examination of the complexity of lesbian identity. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"A work that reveals a disturbing fascination with the rottenness at the core of some literature and delivers it with the relish of a tabloid."
DeSalvo (Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work, 1989) demonstrates that when the act of creation is also one of revenge, the primal ooze of literature can be extremely foul. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"A lackluster contribution to the literature of female empowerment. (40 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This concise overview and defense of women's fury and its constructive potential is a rehash of feminist writings of the past two decades. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A challenging examination of a central problem of modern philosophy, with no final answers but plenty of food for thought. (76 line drawings) (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo)"
A leading critic of artificial intelligence research returns to the attack, attempting to lay the groundwork for an analysis of the true nature of intelligence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not his grand claims are justified, as a primer for problem-solvers, this book has great merit."
To exorcise the demons of irrationality, turn to this rigorous—if overzealous—study of everyday logic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"All the same, his case studies, autobiographical anecdotes, and guidance on how to deal with sleep problems without drugs will intrigue many readers and possibly provide relief to others."
A prominent neurophysiologist explains his theories about the brain's chemistry and how it affects our conscious (and unconscious) activities. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Worth the price of admission all the same for the 15 crack nature essays gathered under one roof. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A hunt-and-peck collection of 30 pieces assembled to benefit Share Our Strength, a group dedicated to feeding the hungry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Twenty-five years after its author's death, this is by no means a cutting-edge work—but this great thinker's ruminations on his predecessors have a timeless quality to them."
Rigorous yet readable notes, sketches, and articles that round out a four-volume panorama of the philosophical pantheon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >