Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

Released: April 13, 1994

"Largely superficial reporting that has the feeling of a pastiche hastily assembled to meet a deadline. (For a more serious examination of the case, see McNamara: Breakdown, below.)"
A Boston Globe reporter's on-the-spot account of the media's—and the public's—rush to judgment when Harvard psychiatrist Margaret Bean-Bayog was suspected of seducing a young male patient and driving him to suicide. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 1994

"With rich allusions to myth, superstition, religion, anthropology, a challenging and rewarding book, well worth the stretch it requires."
In this challenging, provocative, and original multi- disciplinary study, Mengham (English/Cambridge) goes beyond linguistics, semantics, and philology, to consider language in the evolution of social life, from its mystical role in religion to its historical one in culture and its material one in economics. Read full book review >

INTIMACY AND SOLITUDE by Stephanie Dowrick
Released: April 1, 1994

"Learned, sensitive, and compassionate: self-help fare at its best."
Co-founder of the Women's Press in England and practicing psychotherapist Dowrick reflects on the interdependent nature of intimacy and solitude. Read full book review >
OUT OF SILENCE by Russell Martin
Released: April 1, 1994

"Crucial reading for parents and professionals."
Juxtaposing the pain of childhood autism with theories of how language develops and functions, Martin (A Story That Stands Like a Dam, 1989, etc.) evokes the miracle of speech and the tragedy of its loss—in a loving tribute to his nephew, Ian, and his family. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"However, had the authors avoided cutesy neologisms, visits to another planet, and other textural distractions, their many useful examples and well-taken points might have been even better taken."
Riding the wave of popularizations of chaos and complexity theory is this new contender by a pair of English science writers, Cohen, a biologist, and Stewart, a mathematician. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1994

"A popular but intelligent approach to a continuing concern."
Is there such a thing as a universal code of ethics? Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"A terrifying story, brilliantly told, as well as a commentary on American culture during the 1970's."
How psychotherapy led to control and ultimate disaster in a West Coast community, narrated by journalist Mithers (author of the much ballyhooed 1982 Village Voice article ``My Life as a Man''). Read full book review >
CYBERIA by Douglas Rushkoff
Released: April 1, 1994

"A provocative, wide-ranging survey of the current state of the interface between the longings of youth and the wild potentials of computer technology."
Rushkoff, a New York-based journalist, goes west to Berkeley for a look inside Cyberia—the emerging countercultural terrain of computer hackers, ``smart'' drugs, house music, and a range of alternate ``cyberpunk'' lifestyles and anarchic philosophies. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"A well-researched and documented account of the breakdown of one fragile and deeply troubled human being and of the system that failed him. (For another view of this case, sympathetic to Bean-Bayog, see, Chafetz: Obsession, above.)"
A thoughtful examination of the headline-making Bean- Baylog/Lozano case that raises serious questions about psychiatric standards, unorthodox psychotherapeutic techniques, and the ability of the medical community to regulate itself. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Detailed, generous analyses of complex artists, buttressed by lucid cultural speculation."
In the shadow of ``ethnic cleansing'' and rigid nationalism, a noted academic literary critic examines exemplary creations of the ``plural self'' and urges an extension of the private ironies of ``postmodern subjectivity'' into the public sphere. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF PARADOX by Charles Handy
Released: March 31, 1994

"Anecdotal antidotes to the discontents and discontinuities of the present fin de siäcle from a lively and open mind. (First printing of 30,000)"
As a graceful and challenging follow-up to The Age of Unreason (1990), Handy makes a pitch for more humanely adaptive responses to the convulsive transformations he says are in store for the industrial West. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 1994

"Satisfyingly upbeat, but with a tendency to weight the evidence toward the author's choice of trends, much like the popular magazines he often cites."
An optimistic look into the future, predicting psychological and social trends that will shape Americans in the next century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >