Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Revealing a wide curiosity, Tashjian goes beyond art history, freely zigging and zagging between high and low culture in this lively probe of issues of anxiety and influence. (86 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
DIAGNOSIS FOR DISASTER by Claudette Wassil-Grimm
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Succeeds both as an exposÇ of a dangerous fad and as a survival guide for its victims."
A well-aimed blast at the recovered memory movement that exposes the roots of false memory syndrome and the reasons for the acceptance and persistence of the phenomenon. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"The analyses here too often boil down to conventional wisdom about art's roots in madness, but these diverse case studies of psychological disaster coupled with artistic achievement can't help but make for diverting reading."
Written from a variety of clinical viewpoints, these thumbnail sketches of notoriously unbalanced artists draw links—sometimes tenuous, sometimes provocative—between their personality disorders and their creative productions. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"An unforgettable picture of a soul in torment."
A harrowing first-person, semi-fictionalized memoir of the inner life of a paranoid schizophrenic, written while its young author was in jail, mental hospitals, and halfway houses. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"There are echos of Erica Jong in this book's naive self- absorption, but Chernin's hard-core fans will find it rich with discovery."
Memories of 25 years on the couch make for a curiously compelling recounting of the rewards and shortcomings of psychoanalysis. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Over 20 years in the making, this extraordinary contribution to American intellectual history was well worth waiting for."
A prodigious history of American psychoanalysis from 1917 to 1985, wonderfully lucid and informative. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Howard says is needed to reform our regulatory system."
Attorney Howard makes an obvious but important point by decrying a system of governmental regulations whose complexity and detail often cause more harm than good; but his solutions are vague and quixotic. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Like the dreams that are dissected and explained at length, the connections here are just too unclear. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Although pleasing to read and informative, this exploration of the elements of night ultimately lacks cohesion. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Bloom's basic thesis is thought-provoking and often full of valuable insight; it is unfortunate that the implications he derives from it are so likely to encourage the worst aspects of human nature to come to the fore."
This exploration of the roots of violence in human society finds a villain in biology: not in the genetic urge that drives each organism to reproduce, but in the forces that create larger "superorganisms" that seek to perpetuate themselves. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 20, 1994

"A revealing analysis that shows how maps sometimes deserve a place in the unholy triumvirate of lies, damned lies, and statistics. (30 b&w drawings and 15 half-tones)"
An intriguing dissection of how maps, with their pictorial clarity and aura of scientific objectivity, have exerted the power to persuade—and often mislead. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 1994

"Welcome and generally useful information for the growing number of men and women contemplating partnerships after 60. (Author tour)"
An informal exploration of romantic love and marriage among those usually considered old enough to know better. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"One of the best books ever written about biography, psycho- or otherwise."
Psychologist Elms wants to transform bestselling, warts-and- all biographers (``pathographers,'' as Joyce Carol Oates has labeled them) into sensitive, thoughtful chroniclers of textured lives. 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 >