Psychology Book Reviews (page 178)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Erudite, intense, and intellectually demanding."
A spirited if scholarly examination of the nature of regret. Read full book review >
THE ROOTS OF THE SELF by Robert Ornstein
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Unusual roots, worth chewing on—but more weeding would have helped. (Illustrated with 40 cartoonish line drawings by Ted Dewan)"
From ebullient popular-science writer Ornstein (The Evolution of Consciousness, 1991, etc.): a theory of human nature, based on recent studies in child development, brain structure, personality, and genetics. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"An almost convincing account of how to make virtue out of a necessity."
Noted psychiatrist and author Lifton (Psychiatry and Psychology/John Jay College) contends that the self is less traumatized by modern rootlessness than we might expect. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 26, 1993

"A clear, convincing demonstration of the shortcomings of pop-behaviorism, written with style, humor, and authority."
A compelling argument that the use of rewards is counterproductive in raising children, teaching students, and managing workers. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"First-rate science for the nonscientist that's certain to reduce stress—at least during the time spent reading it. (Forty- two illustrations—not seen)"
Entertaining explanation of how stress affects the body and what we can do to counteract its effects. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Notes from a reluctant sojourner whose trip through the past yielded remarkably few insights worth sharing. (Eighteen photographs)"
A journalist's self-absorbed and ultimately pointless report on his search for the truth about a celebrated forebear who'd disowned him. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"It will hit the fast track fast, and keep on running and running and running."
Megawriter Peck, whose The Road Less Traveled continues as a smash bestseller more than a decade after publication, weighs in with additional down-to-earth counsel on psychological and religious matters, based this time on his talks and lectures. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Of some initial appeal to those who enjoy taking relationship quizzes—but unlikely to hold the interest of any but the truly—well, committed. (First serial to New Woman)"
A heavy dose of pop advice and sympathetic handholding for those whose anxieties about commitment are messing up their love lives. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As Honderich would have it, whether you read his book is not a matter of choice. Nonetheless, recommended for those with well- muscled brains."
Honderich (Philosophy/University College, London) ponders an age-old question—are we free agents or pawns of unknown forces?—and winds up embracing determinism. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"Today, Erhard, escaping bad publicity, is in exile, his whereabouts apparently unknown to the press, including Pressman: a suitably shadowy stage in the life of a man who remains an enigma despite a dogged telling here of what, surely, is only half the story."
Mud-slinging exposÇ of the notorious pop guru who ``got it''- -and then tried to give it to the rest of the world. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"A paean to perseverance that's rich in personal detail but short on new information or helpful strategies. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Another heart-rending entry in the recent rush of memoirs from autistics and/or their mothers (Catherine Maurice's Let Me Hear Your Voice, p. 576, etc.). Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"But even so, it's a dense and weighty read. (Fifty b&w photos, eight pages color photos—not seen)"
This last volume of four (The Magician Within, p. 208, etc.) from Jungian psychoanalyst Moore and mythologist Gillette completes a vision of the mature man as a noble, emotionally generous, artistically expressive soul. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >