Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

VOICE FOR THE MAD by David L. Gollaher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1995

"This thoughtful biography makes real a problematic personality who created a movement as she also created herself."
A compassionate portrait of a complicated 19th-century woman who converted the conventions of genteel ``femininity'' into a substantial public career. Read full book review >
LETTERS OF AYN RAND by Ayn Rand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1995

"Objectivists will find much reinforcement in this volume; more objective readers may find it truly depressing."
These letters by novelist (The Fountainhead, not reviewed, etc.), political thinker, and all-around, self-described ``intellectual egotist'' Rand (190582) prove oddly revealing of their peculiar, indomitable author. Read full book review >

THE LESBIAN FAMILY LIFE CYCLE by Suzanne Slater
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1995

"Tough going for most readers outside the field, but the author raises valuable questions about the impact of social prejudice on lesbian families and relationships."
Therapist Slater explores lesbian family development in a much-needed but stiffly written book. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 1995

"A detailed investigation of some loose words—most not yet entombed (so to speak) in dictionaries—by a pro who talks the talk."
A skilled lexicographer draws on her Atlantic Monthly column about the latest words to present a vocabulary for the fin de siäcle. Read full book review >
DESCARTES by Stephen Gaukroger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Gaukroger's book lives up to its subtitle: It does valuable research in analyzing Descartes's work over his shifting career and in its proper context, but it wholly eclipses the biographic element. (67 figures, 4 halftones)"
This academic analysis of Descartes's (15961650) mathematical and philosophical studies traces the development of his work more than the patterns of his life and times. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"But his mostly successful exploration of their interests, anxieties, hopes, and dreams is certainly worth a look. (17 b&w photos, not seen)"
After a year of hanging out with Dave Bettencourt, a Rhode Island high school senior, Providence-based journalist Miller (The Work of Human Hands, 1992) concludes that, ``yes, it is more difficult to grow up'' in today's violent, media-plagued society. Read full book review >
TALES FROM A TRAVELING COUCH by Robert U. Akeret
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Like Irvin Yalom's Love's Executioner, which it resembles, this book takes readers into the interpersonal nuances and occasional drama of psychotherapy—and into the human comedy—in a colorful, accessible, insightful way."
A fascinating memoir that helps laypeople understand the therapeutic process. Read full book review >
SECRET PATHS by Terri Apter
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"For middle-class women over 40, a sometimes eloquent, always readable mirror of their struggle to come to terms with growing older in a society still oriented to youth and beauty. (Author tour)"
A forceful examination of women who find in their 40s and 50s a psychological growth hormone to replace lost estrogen. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Professional colleagues may persevere, but the stilted, redundant prose may well discourage those less dedicated. (charts and diagrams)"
A dull examination of the idea that a certain set of symptoms commonly afflicts ambitious, talented young women growing up in societies that value males over females. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 1995

"But when he hears of one apparently meditating on a colorful sunset, he's ready to give the brute the benefit of the doubt. (First serial to Cosmopolitan and New Age Journal; Book-of-the- Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; author tour)"
Who says that wolves show no compassion, that ants are clueless when it comes to rage, that crows don't enjoy a good wheeze—in short, that animals other than humans don't have emotions—demands Masson (My Father's Guru, 1992, etc.) in this entertaining, if undefinitive, collection of soulful animal tales. Read full book review >
XY by Elisabeth Badinter
NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 1995

"Disciples of psychoanalytic theory will delight in Badinter's proposed resolution to modernity's lost masculinity, though others will have to wade through jargon to get the meaning of the new masculinity."
A French feminist philosopher and historian radically declares that ``the time of androgyn has come,'' a time for men to reconcile masculine virility with femininity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"This book's most obvious use is as an elaborate detour: Reading it lets writer's-block victims spend hours avoiding their problem while convincing themselves they're grappling with it."
An inflated expansion on an insightful comment from Tom Wolfe (``What's called writer's block is almost always ordinary fear''). 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 >