Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1996

"Perkins's 46 years have been a long, hard haul, but the guy's an artful survivor, unafraid to face the demons."
A fragile, dolorous triptych of derangement, exploration, and loss from the Arctic-rambling filmmaker Perkins (Into the Great Solitude, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1996

"Simple but not mundane vignettes of an ordinary life with wife, children, dog, and van, enlarged by a sweetness of spirit that turns floating on an inner tube into the essence of fathering. (Author tour)"
A collection of gentle reflections on important matters like family, friendship, neighborhood, community, and fishing at sunset. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"That conservatives and liberals see the world differently comes as no news to most, but Lakoff's look into just why that should be so makes for interesting reading."
A study, part academic and part popular, of the differences in moral conceptual systems that underlie the conservative-liberal debate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"While there is undeniably much that is thoughtful and useful in this volume, it's often buried in anecdotes about family and friends less interesting to general readers than to the author."
Yet another feminist offers an up-close and personal examination of trekking into middle age. Read full book review >
NO PASSION SPENT by George Steiner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"With such stimulating scope and compelling concerns, it's fitting that Steiner's title reworks a quote from that Puritan Classicist Milton's Samson Agonistes, drawing strength and passion from all the traditions it invokes."
In search of the depths of Homer, the Bible, Shakespeare, and Kafka, and the problematic interplay of Judaism, Classicism, and Christianity, Steiner (Proofs and Three Parables, 1993, etc.) displays his commanding, polymathic erudition. Read full book review >

THE CULTURE OF EDUCATION by Jerome Bruner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

This original consideration of the link between education and culture lives up to the Bruner standard of insightful, provocative, and essentially hopeful discourse. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"A strong indictment of current policies that scapegoat mothers instead of upgrading family services, Motherguilt is both enlightening and disturbing. (Author tour)"
An impassioned plea to stop blaming mothers for the ills of society and to focus, instead, on the real culprits. Read full book review >
HONOR AND SLAVERY by Kenneth S. Greenberg
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Charged with ideas, this is a cheerfully speculative and valuable addition to the library of the Civil War."
A piercing—and decidedly offbeat—look into the mind of the Old South. ``This book,'' writes historian Greenberg, ``is a work of translation. Read full book review >
THE SECONDARY COLORS by Alexander Theroux
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1996

"All in all, a colorless and cumbersome compendium."
More than you ever wanted to know about orange, purple, and green. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 1996

"An enraged, high-minded squeal from an inamorata. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A perversely prudish kiss-and-tell account by a Polish-born French woman who, as a Parisian schoolgirl in 1939, was seduced and abandoned by Sartre and also wooed by his erstwhile mate, her teacher. Read full book review >
EMERSON AMONG THE ECCENTRICS by Carlos Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although this group biography is less than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves remain deeply intriguing."
In his final, unfinished work, literary scholar Baker (Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, 1969, etc.) views an eclectic collection of individuals through the lens of conventional scholarship. Read full book review >
THE CULTURE OF SHAME by Andrew P. Morrison
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Even his case studies are too brief and superficial to make his point."
A ponderous, touchy-feely examination of shame, its causes, and its role in the psychotherapeutic process. 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 >