Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 619)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"Designed for a popular audience, this is in fact a hefty read full of wonder and wisdom."
Another in a series of books (Joel Davis's Mother Tongue, p. 1303; Ray Jackendorf's Patterns in the Mind, p. 1439) popularizing Chomsky's once controversial theories explaining the biological basis of language. Read full book review >
RACISM 101 by Nikki Giovanni
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"Unfortunately, though, without the cutting edge consistently applied, these views of society and culture tend to ramble and reminisce more than drive the point home, leaving a favorable—but less than lasting—impression."
From bestselling poet Giovanni, recently appointed professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic: over two dozen short essays, personal and political, on topics ranging from Spike Lee's Malcolm X to matters of family and friends While working primarily in the public realm by writing about various aspects of American life as she has encountered them in the past few years, Giovanni also leaves room for more intimate ruminations: on moving to Virginia; on the vagaries of teaching poetry; or on the significance of buying a candy-red sports car. Read full book review >

PARALLEL TIME by Brent Staples
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"A notable debut."
A provocative coming-of-age memoir that candidly addresses questions of loyalty to family, class, and race. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 1994

"And while she may have wobbled once in physics, she clearly knows how to write."
Exhilarating account of a persevering and undaunted life in science. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 1994

A rambling analysis of why the sexes don't get along and what to do about it, based on dialogues during a wilderness seminar. Read full book review >

ON POWER by Robert L. Dilenschneider
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"In brief, then, informed as well as informative insights that collectively afford a useful primer on clout's uses and abuses."
Dilenschneider (Power and Influence; A Briefing for Leaders) here continues his series on the fine arts of wielding power and exercising influence. Read full book review >
WOMEN, PASSION AND CELIBACY by Sally Cline
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"An angry little book, full of ammunition for the war between the sexes."
A modern-day (and humorless) Lysistrata, in which celibacy is not a means for forcing men to end a war but for women to achieve political power and independence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

A close, challenging look at what—according to numerous philosophers and social thinkers—prompts individuals and societies to converge or separate, from respected New York University sociologist Wrong (Power, 1988). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

The author (Two Acre Eden, 1971) has written a good deal about farming in books and articles, and these essays (1980-92) were written, by Logsdon's own admission, ``out of anger'' at the decline of rural society, the result, he believes, of ``a nation's greed.'' Here he targets some root causes—from educational, media and governmental malfeasances. Read full book review >
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART by Bob Jackson-Paris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"A fireside favorite for lovers of real-life fairy tales. (Sixty-five photos—not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to Out magazine)"
Relentlessly upbeat memoir, coauthored by Eric Marcus (Making History, 1992), by married gay bodybuilders. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"The writing—polished, clever, and aptly targeted to GQ—is stylish nibble more than sustaining substance."
Food, sex, and other thoughts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"These interviews, though, which skirt uncomfortably close to a flurry of feminist mea culpa, unfortunately do little either to illuminate or sort out that mess."
An unsatisfying collection of interviews with 22 women about the men's side of the feminist revolution. 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 >