Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1994

"You've heard all this New Age-speak before, but the individual stories—most of them lively and fresh—save Schultz's rendering from being trite."
Mixing Jungian psychology and New Age physics with the homespun philosophies of successful entrepreneurs, business-writer Schultz (coauthor: Cashing Out, 1991—not reviewed) concludes that if you want to succeed in life, you have to be willing to follow your gut when making decisions. Read full book review >
ESSAYS IN UNDERSTANDING by Hannah Arendt
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 27, 1994

"Largely 'residual reflections,' according to Kohn, these pieces appear to be quaint, irrelevant, and narrowly focused exercises, only faintly foreshadowing the 'bleak pessimism' of the 'terrible century' Arendt was later to dissect."
Compiled, edited, and briefly annotated by Hannah Arendt's longtime assistant Jerome Kohn (Political and Social Science/New School), this first of two projected volumes collecting Arendt's (1906-75) essays, addresses, and reviews up to 1954 contains two previously unpublished essays: "On the Nature of Totalitarianism" (1953) and "The Concern with Politics in Contemporary European Philosophical Thought" (1954). Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"Designed for a popular audience, this is in fact a hefty read full of wonder and wisdom."
Another in a series of books (Joel Davis's Mother Tongue, p. 1303; Ray Jackendorf's Patterns in the Mind, p. 1439) popularizing Chomsky's once controversial theories explaining the biological basis of language. Read full book review >
THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM by Nathaniel Branden
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"Inflated and repetitious."
Yet another rehash of his favorite subject from Branden (How to Raise Your Self-Esteem, 1987, etc.), a monthly columnist for New Woman magazine. Read full book review >
FAMILY MYTHS by Joyce Block
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Clearly presented theory, amply illustrated with lengthy case histories."
An elaborate presentation of the idea that people can get locked into fictional roles by their families. Read full book review >

CAREER CRASH by Barry Glassner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Timely and readable career advice."
An affable, helpful look at the baby boomer generation's seemingly distinctive form of midlife emergency—losing a job and being unable to find another—by Glassner (Sociology/Univ. of Southern California; Bodies, 1988; Drugs in Adolescent Worlds, 1987). Read full book review >
ON FAMILIAR TERMS by Donald Keene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Keene complains of lukewarm or worse reviews of his monumental survey volume World Without Walls (1976)—but the Kirkus reviewer gave it the same high praise this memoir deserves as well."
Charming memoir by prolific specialist in Japanese literature Keene (Travelers of a Hundred Ages, 1989, etc.), who seems to have found a culture that mirrored his character traits of introversion and flight into deep study. Read full book review >
LISTENING by Hannah Merker
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Of interest both to hearing and non-hearing readers."
``I am an archeologist digging for sound, for its origins, its wondrous manifestations.'' Deafened in a skiing accident two decades ago, Merker, in lyrical, intent appreciations, plumbs the relationships between self and sound, and the webs of communication within the world—seeking ``new ways of listening for the hearing and the hearing impaired.'' To the author, deaf and despairing, a friend offered an ``experiment'' of sharing in words a world of sound, until an awareness grew of events and things with sound: a struck match; the thunder that follows lightening. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A poignant sequel to Williams's ongoing adventure, her experiences here more closely shadowing the emotional struggles of non-autistic adults."
A compelling continuation of Williams's determined struggle to break free from autism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

A provocative dual biography that sets out to recast Simone de Beauvoir as the ``true philosopher'' in her legendary relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre; by the Fullbrooks (she: Literary Studies/Univ. of the West of England; he: a freelance writer). Read full book review >
THE LIVES OF MICHEL FOUCAULT by David Macey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"A cautious and respectful study—avoiding luridness and gossip while preserving its subject's dignity—that Foucault himself might have authorized."
Elusive and private, ``the lives'' of Michel Foucault (1926- 84) include the many public roles that he assumed—as philosopher, academic, historian, political activist, and homosexual—roles that both reflected and helped shape the character of postwar France. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

In a challenging, timely, and persuasive argument, Jackendoff (Brandeis; the scholarly Semantics and Cognition, 1983—not reviewed) proposes that language and, by extension, music and visual experience in part culturally engendered—but that, fundamentally, they're expressions of innate, perhaps even genetic, properties of the brain. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >