Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 619)

DANCING SPIRIT by Judith Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"An interesting chronicle of Jamison's development and philosophy—but the woman remains an enigma. (Forty-five b&w photographs—not seen)"
Jamison, a major figure on the American dance scene, is best known as an Alvin Ailey leading lady and muse; she has lesser credits as a choreographer and teacher—and is now cause for excitement as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"A disappointingly inconclusive postmortem on a worthy cause's fall from grace."
A longtime senior aide at United Way America offers an earnest but diffuse appreciation of the improprieties whose disclosure early last year convulsed the high-profile charity as well as other pillars of the philanthropic establishment. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1993

"Challenging ideas, expressed clearly and forcefully, that go provocatively against the grain of mainstream feminist thinking."
A radical feminist's angry call for an end to reproductive technologies and contracts that she views as violence against women. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"Should be of keen interest to men, too."
What 150 women answered in response to a questionnaire that Bouris (coauthor, Random Acts of Kindness—not reviewed) distributed nationwide, asking about women's first experiences of sexual intercourse—or, in the case of lesbians, first sexual encounters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"Still, cheaper than a power suit—and probably more effective."
Corporate insiders Driscoll and Goldberg (president of Driscoll Associates and the Avcar Group Ltd., respectively) assess the obstacles that women face in business and, based on interviews with women executives, recommend the best techniques for overcoming them. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"A radical proposal, as polemical as it is utopian, but useful in isolating a severe, festering problem in American society, one that will require strong medicine to heal."
In no uncertain terms, social-welfare specialists Specht (UC- Berkeley) and Courtney (Univ. of Wisconsin) decry the trend toward private practice in their field over the last 50 years, demanding instead a return to community-based social programs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"Strong in discussing Earhart as an advocate for women's equality, weaker in establishing her as an icon of popular culture. (Photographs—not seen)"
A well-argued case that gives feminist substance to Amelia Earhart's firm place in the national pantheon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"Thoughtful personal reflection and nitty-gritty political scheming: an important contribution to the always fascinating story of the scramble for power. (B&w illustrations)"
A gripping exploration of women as politicians—and a primer for those befuddled by what the ``women's vote'' really is. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

``You're not in Kansas anymore,'' proclaims a popular Brooklyn T-shirt, the words emblazoned above an illustration of a smoking gun. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1993

"Without Beauvoir's responses, the letters reveal the trivial and commonplace preoccupations of even the most heroic of intellects in the most trying of times."
A sequel to Witness to My Life (1992), which collected Sartre's letters to Simone de Beauvoir from 1926 to 1939. Read full book review >
EXTRA INNINGS by Doris Grumbach
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Written with polish and erudition, here are some budding insights into—but no answers to—the questions of old age."
A meandering journal of novelist Grumbach's 74th year that chronicles a final move from Washington, D.C., to the coast of Maine, and that includes brief, often charming, reflections on such diverse topics as mayflies, oxymorons, authors, and death. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Exemplary scholarship that blends traditional, painstaking research with contemporary approaches and understandings. (Ten halftones)"
In a densely informative, fluid, and often charming study, Hanawalt (History/University of Minnesota) dashes the widely accepted notions that medieval society lacked the concepts of childhood and adolescence as we understand them, and that it disallowed the cultural space for the expression of these states of development. 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 >