Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 619)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Fluidly written, sexy, probing, personally revealing, and wise."
Tisdale (Stepping Westward, 1991, etc.) leads an enthusiastic amateur's tour through sex in America (with a few brief forays abroad). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not his grand claims are justified, as a primer for problem-solvers, this book has great merit."
To exorcise the demons of irrationality, turn to this rigorous—if overzealous—study of everyday logic. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Much of the data used in the book comes out of the Rosalynn Carter Institute at Georgia Southwestern College. (Author tour)"
The former First Lady (First Lady from Plains, 1984, etc.) offers advice, support, and pats on the back for all those who feed, clothe, bathe, and comfort sick friends and relatives, for those who insert the feeding tubes and empty the bedpans. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"An important, incendiary, unapologetic history written in hopes of rekindling the possibility of radical change—nothing less than a redistribution of gender power."
Armstrong issues a sobering call to repoliticize the issue of incest, which has fallen prey to the mental health field, its cadre of ``experts,'' and an antifeminist backlash. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY WARS by Deborah Blum
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"But she brings the issues into sharp, disturbing focus."
A penetrating look at the bitter controversy between animal rights activists and research scientists over the use of monkeys and chimpanzees in medical research. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Not just for the morbidly curious."
A lively narrative that illuminates the science of forensic anthropology. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"While keeping Stierle's story within the context of the larger AIDS tragedy, Solway's plain, measured prose makes clear the personal and professional magnitude of this individual loss. (Author tour)"
A sensitive biography of a young dancer/choreographer who died of AIDS just two days after his first two dances premiered at the Joffrey Ballet in March 1991. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Although the formal history could be more adeptly integrated, Tillyard generally brings the women and their extraordinary world to life."
This colorful narrative succeeds at bringing four historically distant lives closer to us. Read full book review >
A YEAR IN THE MAINE WOODS by Bernd Heinrich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"More boring than Walden."
Heinrich's tedious personal account of 12 long months holed up in the wilderness of western Maine is so didactic and self-involved that it makes the reader want to hightail it to the nearest strip mall, where people are at least what they seem. Read full book review >
MADAME DU DEFFAND AND HER WORLD by Benedetta Craveri
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This impressive biography and history of French aristocratic intrigue rides more on the vitality of these quoted correspondences than on Craveri's solid, academic writing."
This biography of a lesser Madame de SÇvignÇ proves Laclos's Les Liaisons dangereuses was not merely a fictional study of sexual politics but an accurate portrait of aristocratic behavior in 18th- century France. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Despite this collection's title, Feinberg is no Hunter S. Thompson, but he does have an effective, biting edge."
Feinberg's reflections on AIDS are often annoying and mediocre, frequently witty, and sometimes deeply disturbing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A trifle repetitive in a lawyerly way, but a thorough, often wryly funny, and closely argued work of legal and social history."
A well-wrought cautionary tale about the dangers of trying to impose morality by law. 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 >