Psychology Book Reviews (page 178)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1992

"A grim and gripping report."
Life within a ``hell and heaven, dungeon and sanctuary'' for the mentally ill, here given the fictitious name of Bedloe State Hospital. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Extraordinary in so many ways, Sartre's 1924-39 letters illuminate his evolving thought and his groundbreaking relationship with Beauvoir—perhaps at its finest in their exchange of written words."
Only three months after Simone de Beauvoir's Letters to Sartre appeared in English, we now have a fine translation of the other side of this rightfully legendary correspondence. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 20, 1992

"We can not yet, and perhaps never will, eliminate philosophy or psychology from the discussion."
``Strenuous'' is how Nobelist (Physiology or Medicine, 1972) Edelman describes the difficulties readers will encounter as they ply their way through yet another texty analysis of what it means to be a mind. Read full book review >
HISTORY
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 >
PSYCHOLOGY
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 >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
PSYCHOLOGY
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 >
PSYCHOLOGY
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >