Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"Dossey's reflections will please true believers and fans of Bernie S. Siegel or Deepak Chopra, but, though well written, they lack the rigor likely necessary to win many converts."
Highly readable essays exploring the mind-body connection by physician Dossey, who brings to the holistic health movement the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

Kinder (Critical Studies/USC School of Cinema-Television) argues that the ``supersystem'' comprised of TV, video games, and movies aimed at children not only urges them to buy specific products but also indoctrinates them in the ways of post-modern consumer culture. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Yet another Cartesian stage manager, as Dennett might say?"
Writing with the same infectious enthusiasm that invests his much of his other work, Ornstein (coauthor, Healthy Pleasures, 1989; Multimind, 1986, etc.) replays familiar themes, adding some new twists. Read full book review >
ON CHARACTER by James Q. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"But however appealing to readers, it presents no clear guidelines for forming character or public policy."
Elegantly written essays on elevating standards of behavior in today's world. Read full book review >
KEEPING A RENDEZVOUS by John Berger
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A too-mixed bag, unbalanced mostly by political deadweight."
Berger (The Sense of Sight, 1985, etc.) as art critic is a maddening case. Read full book review >

CREATIVE CHARACTERS by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

Author of biographies of Hannah Arendt (1982) and Anna Freud (1988) as well as the novel Virgil (1983), Young-Bruehl hits the ground running in this demanding approach to understanding creativity. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Brilliant reportage, with all the details in place—a stunning debut."
The Pulitzer-winning journalist (The Wall Street Journal, Ms., The Miami Herald) explores the real status of American women in the 90's in this powerful and long-overdue myth-buster—an instant classic and a valuable companion to Paula Kamen's Feminist Fatale (reviewed below). Read full book review >
CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED by Daniel C. Dennett
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Nevertheless, Dennett's analysis is so often brilliant, so witty, and so informed by contemporary culture as to make pleasurable the reading of what is truly a complex and demanding text."
Maybe not explained. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Ambitious and often penetrating, a laudable effort to explain the origins of, and restore balance to, current psychoanalytic debate. (For a complementary study of early male successors to Freud, see Phyllis Grosskurth's The Secret Ring, p. 1134.) (Photographs.)"
A notable, if occasionally impenetrable, attempt to trace the shift of psychoanalysis from a patriarchal to a matriarchal emphasis by analyzing the lives and works of the most prominent female successors to Freud. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

A witty, tightly written, and well-integrated look at our eternal struggles between order and chaos and the need to find a practical medium. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 1991

"Freudians."
Aided by previously undisclosed correspondence, Grosskurth (Havelock Ellis, 1980, etc.; Humanities and Psychoanalytic Thought/Univ. of Toronto) takes the story of the brilliant, wildly neurotic men who contrived to safeguard Freudian thought and turns it into an intriguing psychological saga-cum-tragicomedy of manners. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Sagan knows his ancient history and compellingly elucidates Athenian self-destructive paranoia, but his argument loses force with tentative speculations on the future, only tangential references to modern democracy, and overreliance on Freudian theory."
A fractured psychoanalytical history of democracy focusing mostly on the ancient Athenian city-state, from sociologist Sagan (Freud, Women, and Morality, 1988, etc. Sagan believes that Athenian democracy and our modern American republic share fundamental moral and psychological dilemmas that derive from the ``paranoid position'': a desire to control others and a fear of loss of self. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >