Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 1996

"Despite a few philosophically dense passages, Abram delivers an original and convincing premise for our dissociation from the natural world."
Philosopher and ecologist Abram writes an absorbing, challenging treatise on the power of written language to separate human beings from their experiential relationship to the nonhuman environment, permitting, in the process, the abuse of nature. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But despite this unwonted secrecy and the book's New Age tinge, this is clearly a labor of love that is both thoughtful and touching."
Memories of and musings on the relationships between women, from novelist Peterson (Duck and Cover, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

SCHLIEMANN OF TROY by David A. Traill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A larger-than-life portrait of Schliemann, who, despite his unattractive personal qualities, remains a remarkable man and a pioneer of archaeology. (16 pages photos and 8 maps, not seen)"
Traill (Classics/Univ. of Calif., Davis) is no hagiographer as he builds a persuasive case that Heinrich Schliemann, the revered 19th-century German who excavated Troy in one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time, was a fraud in both his personal and his professional life, including in the record he left of his achievement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Provocative and timely, this analysis offers a fresh voice of hope for America's troubled youth."
A well-grounded examination of the stresses faced by American children today, and some practical solutions to reduce these stresses. Read full book review >
ON GRIEF AND REASON by Joseph Brodsky
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

In the best of these recent essays, Nobelist Brodsky achieves a unique synthesis of philosophical acumen and literary craftsmanship: considering the exigencies of exile together with those of poetry, reflecting on ethics and aesthetics. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 1995

"A welcome association of sense and sensibility. (27 illustrations)"
Sanity, sanity, sanity, as Steiner squarely addresses a number of contemporary cultural conflicts and teases out their subtler meanings. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1995

"The beautiful music here involves the lives orchestrated, and in many cases rescued, by Turnbull's dedication. (Author tour)"
A straightforward but largely banal account of Turnbull's formative years and his experiences as founder and director of the renowned Boys Choir of Harlem. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1995

"A pioneering work in its field, now interesting primarily as a historical document and the first great work of an unusually literate scientist."
Here is the long-delayed publication of the first summary of the principles of ethology, by the man most responsible for the growth of that science. Read full book review >
NEGOTIATIONS, 1972-1990 by Gilles Deleuze
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1995

"After all, it is so much easier to turn on a television set than to wade through outdated, obscure, and unexceptional philosophy from a B-side thinker."
Fellow philosopher Michel Foucault once opined that ``maybe one day we'll see the century as Deleuzian.'' This awkward collection of interviews, letters, and the occasional essay does its best to prove him wrong. Read full book review >
MEN IN BLACK by John Harvey
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"This patchwork of social theory, literary criticism, and art history has an initially eye-catching thesis, but it ends up fading and clashing with itself. (85 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Harvey (English/Cambridge Univ.) unravels the meanings behind black as a fashion statement from the medieval to the modern, concentrating on funereal Victorian England as viewed through Dickens's novels. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"Well written, provocative, and full of interesting portraits of the leading thinkers of our age. (34 illustrations, not seen)"
Readers who enjoy a vicarious look at genius will find plenty of food for thought in Brian's conversations with some of the top scientists of our era. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"An extraordinary tale of man-animal interaction related with bemusement, wonder, and ultimately, reverence for the complexity of nature. (color photos, not seen)"
In his first book, naturalist and wildlife artist Hutto beautifully chronicles an audacious, inventive experiment in ethologythe imprinting and subsequent rearing of two broods of wild turkeys in the flatwoods of north Florida. 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 >