Psychology Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, the author's skillful interviewing, synthesis, and organization of materialand her subjects' apparent clinical depth and thoughtfulnessmake for a rewarding work."
Based on interviews with 12 articulate and seemingly skillful clinicians, a close study of the craft (first) and science (second) of psychiatry and psychotherapy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, like Foucault's work itself, probably too arcane for a general readership."
A self-described ``worshipper'' of Foucault takes on critics of the philosopher in two interrelated essays dealing with Foucault's sexual politics and his biographers. Read full book review >

THE MYTH OF SCIENTIFIC LITERACY by Morris Shamos
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Shamos's style is dry and didactic, but his points are well reasoned and worth careful consideration."
Scientific literacy has become one of the catchwords of education—so why does a noted educator claim that universal scientific literacy is neither attainable nor desirable? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"Readable and often entertaining, but hardly compelling."
A psychologist attempts to answer some basic questions: Why do certain memories stay with us while others fade? Read full book review >
NEW PASSAGES by Gail Sheehy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"A mix of inventive speculation and solid informationon impotence and menopause among the latterbut its impact is diluted by horoscope-like predictions and (though Sheehy surveyed thousands of people) a penchant for presenting anecdote as evidence. (Author tour)"
Here is Passages II, an upbeat, fact-filled, people-rich, but ultimately unsatisfying sequel to the 1976 bestseller. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"Lacking the clear political purpose or humorous tone of other recent books about this generation, like Revolution X or 13th Gen, Welcome to the Jungle falls flat."
``We're not slackers—we've just had a lifetime of bad luck, so cut us some slack'' is the message of this dry and ultimately unconvincing attempt to account for the passions, problems, and peculiarities of the 75 million Americans born between 1960 and 1980. Read full book review >
METAPATTERNS by Tyler Volk
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"But does it? (photos, not seen, and illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A vision of nature through eyes looking for patterns in space and time. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1995

"Brown has tackled an interesting topic, intrinsically related to current issues in popular culture, but his treatment of it is neither profound nor innovative."
A mundane sociological essay examining the nature of social conventions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1995

"Deci and Flaste thus develop a fairly good case for autonomy's key role in increasing motivation—particularly in helping people persist despite frustrations in trying to reach a goal—but their argument is blandly written, overstated, overgeneralized, and overlong."
A persuasive if belabored dissent from the traditional theory that people are motivated to learn by reward and punishment. Read full book review >
VOICE FOR THE MAD by David L. Gollaher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1995

"This thoughtful biography makes real a problematic personality who created a movement as she also created herself."
A compassionate portrait of a complicated 19th-century woman who converted the conventions of genteel ``femininity'' into a substantial public career. Read full book review >
LETTERS OF AYN RAND by Ayn Rand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1995

"Objectivists will find much reinforcement in this volume; more objective readers may find it truly depressing."
These letters by novelist (The Fountainhead, not reviewed, etc.), political thinker, and all-around, self-described ``intellectual egotist'' Rand (190582) prove oddly revealing of their peculiar, indomitable author. Read full book review >
THE LESBIAN FAMILY LIFE CYCLE by Suzanne Slater
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1995

"Tough going for most readers outside the field, but the author raises valuable questions about the impact of social prejudice on lesbian families and relationships."
Therapist Slater explores lesbian family development in a much-needed but stiffly written book. 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 >