Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 619)

THE 100 MILE CITY by Deyan Sudjic
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Sudjic is up on the issues, though, and his text could be useful for its sheer coverage, especially the international. (Photos throughout)"
Face it, the urban center cannot hold: This, in essence, is the message of British architecture-writer Sudjic's sweeping discussion of modern cities, especially those he deems the world's greatest: New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A disturbing report—and especially timely, with American bishops taking a higher profile to counteract abuse. (Photos—not seen)"
A hard-hitting investigation of what the authors term ``the greatest public relations fiasco the Catholic Church has faced in recent memory''—the recent explosion of pedophilia trials and lawsuits involving Catholic clergy. Read full book review >

EFRONIA by Stina Katchadourian
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A bittersweet story of a woman and her enormously gifted people, whose tragic history continues today. (Illustrations)"
A timely reminder of another not-so-distant ethnic cleansing, one that devastated the life of Efronia Katchadourian, subject of this affectionate memoir by her daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF VANESSA BELL by Regina Marler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The real pleasure here is in seeing Bell mature with the century, her fashionable attitudes replaced by authentic experience."
In this selection of 300-plus (from over 2500) surviving letters of Vanessa Bell (1879-1978), Marler adds a warm, modest, humane, and maternal tone to the raucous Bloomsbury chorus—to the ironies, cruelties, and wit of Virginia (Bell's sister) and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Ottoline Morrell, all of whom appear in these casual letters. Read full book review >
ANAIS by Noel Riley Fitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"No substitute for Nin on herself. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Fitch (Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, 1983) draws on Anaãs Nin's voluminous self-revelations (150 volumes of diaries, correspondence, and fiction) to produce what the publisher says is the first biography of the French writer—and what turns out to be a wary and defensive work, the very antithesis of Nin's free spirit. Read full book review >

MAGGIE by John Sanford
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 28, 1993

"A sometimes too personal story—occasionally, conversations obviously meaningful in context sound stiff and dated here—but heartfelt in its affection and gratitude. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A moving testimony to the endurance of love and the human spirit as veteran writer Sanford (View from this Wilderness; A More Goodly Country, etc.) celebrates his 50-year-plus marriage to the beloved late Maggie, screenwriter of the Oscar-winning True Grit. Read full book review >
21ST CENTURY CAPITALISM by Robert Heilbroner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Perceptive analyses of a resilient economic regime whose sociopolitical accountability still leaves much to be desired."
Another elegant inquiry from Heilbroner (The Nature and Logic of Capitalism, 1985, etc.), this based on lectures he gave in Canada last autumn. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"A brilliant young contrarian voice, Ö la Mary McCarthy. (First serial to The New York Times Magazine)"
A gifted young Princeton University graduate student, daughter of novelist Anne Roiphe, defies current campus-based feminist assumptions, questioning the phenomena of date rape, hate speech, ``Take Back the Night'' marches, and the basis for the popularity of feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon (see above). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"There's a definite need for a serious and thorough history of country music, always a poor stepchild in musical scholarship, but this isn't it. (Photographs—192 b&w)"
Attractively produced but flawed history of women in country music from the turn of the century to today, by anthropologist/social-worker Bufwack and Nashville Tennessean music-reporter Oermann. Read full book review >
OLD FRIENDS by Tracy Kidder
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Rich detail and true-to-the-ear dialogue let the brave and determined elderly speak for themselves—and for the continually surprising potential of the human spirit."
An eloquent account, neither bitter nor saccharine, of daily life in a nursing home. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"But even so, it's a dense and weighty read. (Fifty b&w photos, eight pages color photos—not seen)"
This last volume of four (The Magician Within, p. 208, etc.) from Jungian psychoanalyst Moore and mythologist Gillette completes a vision of the mature man as a noble, emotionally generous, artistically expressive soul. Read full book review >
NOT GUILTY by David Thomas
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Less sensational than the Farrell and unlikely to equal its readership; still, Thomas's reasonable voice adds weight and credibility to what looks to be a growing political awareness in the men's movement—with similar books probably not far behind."
If Warren Farrell's The Myth of Male Power (p. 763) was a broadside barrage against perceived political excesses of feminism, then Thomas's first book—urbane, witty (as befits the work of a former Punch editor), low-key—continues the battle on the diplomatic front. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >