Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Success stories from Marone's students and her own life give this how-to-change-your-life volume a pleasingly upbeat tone."
A self-help book that, although replete with lists, explores somewhat broader reaches than the usual ``eight steps to a new you.'' Women (and men) are heavily burdened already with syndromes and symptoms that have catchy names—the ``Cinderella Complex,'' the ``Child Within,'' etc. Here's another: ``Learned Helplessness,'' or ``LH'' for short—a pattern of behavior first identified in animal experiments. Read full book review >
ANNA FREUD by Robert Coles
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"No more than an introduction to Freud's work, but, because of the light it sheds on Coles's thought, of interest to his many admirers."
A slender but rewarding intellectual portrait and appreciation that ultimately reveals as much about Pulitzer Prize-winner Coles (Psychiatry and Medical Humanities/Harvard; The Spiritual Life of Children, 1990, etc.) as his subject. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"For the reader who might like to entertain this among other cosmological hypotheses, the setting out of one set of bizarre theories after another in a largely uncritical omnium-gatherum is more likely to engender skepticism than conviction."
English astrophysicist-cum-science writer Gribbin (co-author, Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) and mathematical physicist Davies (Univ. of Adelaide, Australia; The Cosmic Blueprint, 1988, etc.) have collectively produced a couple of dozen popular books on the nature of the universe, churning them out as regularly as clockwork. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

Here, Tiger (Anthropology/Rutgers; The Manufacture of Evil, 1987, etc.) offers observations on our seeking of pleasure and its prehistoric roots. ``Pleasure matters,'' Tiger asserts. ``The subject is hot.'' Aiming to catch the drift of the 90's, he contends that ``pleasure is an evolutionary entitlement.'' Food, sex, drugs, power, and, more interestingly, bearing children ``are as much related to our history as a species and products of it as they are products of our invention,'' he convincingly argues. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"A piquant counterpoint to recently revitalized, outer-directed feminist fashion."
In the wake of such feminist calls-to-arms as Susan Faludi's Backlash (p. 1133), Paula Kamen's Feminist Fatale (p. 1137), and Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth (p. 389), Steinem's inwardly turned examination of how men and women sabotage themselves by suppressing the ``child within'' appears decidedly retro. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"The mind's sky indeed—but with clouds."
Ferris, who usually pokes around in outer space (Coming of Age in the Milky Way, The Red Shift, etc.), probes the inner kind as well in these amusing if far-fetched essays on the human mind, the search for extraterrestrial (and thus nonhuman) intelligence (SETI), and their intersection. Read full book review >
SHAME by Michael Lewis
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

"Sensible scholarly analysis of an emotion that has an enormous impact on how individuals relate to each other and to society. (B&w drawings—not seen.)"
To understand shame is to understand human nature, according to Lewis (Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), who here presents his theories about this normal, universal emotion. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"It is impossible to read this without responding personally- -examining one's own losses—and feeling respect for such a compelling and even timeless work."
A profoundly moving meditation on loss and renewal. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Expect the warmest response from a nonprofessional audience."
Again, Dowling (Perfect Woman, 1988, etc.) uses personal experience—her daughter's depression—as the springboard for her writing, this time arguing for the primary role of brain biochemistry in a large number of illnesses frequently considered biological in origin. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A solidly researched, nonconfrontational analysis that presents the facts and holds up solutions as a challenge to our democratic society."
A sweeping overview of the institutions, programs, and social trends that affect how America's children grow up. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A fine, example-filled account of how different times and different mores produce different psychosomatic illnesses."
Like other cultural phenomena, psychosomatic illnesses are subject to changes in fashion; here, Shorter (The Healthy Century, 1987, etc.) has applied his considerable skill in researching medical history to an examination of these trends from the mid-18th century to the present. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"An offbeat treatise that charts a course out of the mainstream and along the varied routes that, perhaps, lead to unconventional wisdom."
A deceptively simple but consistently provocative appeal for perceptual (as opposed to structured) thinking from the author of Six Action Shoes (the trifle reviewed below), Tactics (1984), and several other works dealing with powers of the mind. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >