Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

IN EXTREMIS by Deborah Baker
Released: July 1, 1993

"She was, Baker says in this first full-length biography, offended by the moral ambiguity of Graves's The White Goddess—which she herself inspired. (Eight page of b&w photographs)"
In her long and eventful life, Laura Riding (1901-91) played, according to Baker (Making a Farm, 1981, etc.—not reviewed), the roles of goddess, witch, poet, editor, critic, mistress, collaborator, inspiration, demon, and recluse. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1993

"Repetitious and sometimes academic-sounding, but still useful information about a new generation of gays who are coming out in the daylight and not in a closet or a dark and dangerous bar."
A sure-to-be controversial volume on inducting self-professed homosexual teenagers into the gay and lesbian culture of the 1990's. Read full book review >

Released: June 30, 1993

"How a happy hippie blew it on blow—finely researched, told with pizzazz. (Illustrations)"
The up-your-nose, in-your-face life of George Jung, the high-school football star from small-town USA who became the American linchpin of the Colombian cocaine connection. Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >
Released: June 22, 1993

"Good in parts, but lacking a whole."
Rambling prognostications on modern manners from the late Chicago curmudgeon whose previous salvos (Giants and Dwarfs, 1990; The Closing of the American Mind, 1987) left nearly every academic dean in the country reaching for his or her revolver. ``This book,'' begins Bloom, ``is an attempt to recover the power, the danger, and the beauty of eros under the tutelage of its proper teachers and knowers, the poets.'' So far, so good. Read full book review >

A SPECIAL AGENT by Frank Buttino
Released: June 22, 1993

"An important story—but a lackluster treatment that will engage only the most resolute of readers. (Photographs—not seen)"
A jumbled account of how Frank Buttino, a 20-year FBI special agent, is fired—and fights back—when the Bureau receives an anonymous letter accusing him of being gay. Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 1993

"Provocative, informed, wide-ranging, and full of specific detail without being academic. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Griswold (American History/University of Oklahoma; Family and Divorce in California, 1850-1890, 1983—not reviewed) surveys how, since 1800, fatherhood in America has been shaped by economic necessity, political opportunity, social expectations, and, recently, by the personal needs of fathers themselves. Read full book review >
COMMAGER ON TOCQUEVILLE by Henry Steele Commager
Released: June 15, 1993

"Often lugubrious and polemical but consistently wise, sobering, and profound."
In an eloquent and insightful search for portents and counsel for modern America, the distinguished historian (Emeritus/Amherst; Empire of Reason, 1977, etc.) revisits the classic Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59). Read full book review >
IN MY OWN SWEET TIME by Blanche Cooney
Released: June 15, 1993

"A striking record of unwavering commitment, told without gloss or sentimentality—and, like the best autobiographies, with all the shading and narrative drive of a good novel."
A beguilingly candid love story of the two radicals—the author and her husband, Jim—who founded the Phoenix, the quarterly that first published Henry Miller in the US. Read full book review >
Released: June 9, 1993

"Like the author's camp memories, better savored than wolfed down: a splendid evocation of wisdom acquired in a demi-Eden by a writer of great grace and sensitivity."
A loving celebration of those special refuges of childhood that are forever the measure of happiness for those fortunate enough to have known them. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1993

"Literary queen bee—that's what O'Hara comes off as here (which, granted, at his worst he sometimes took himself to be only as well), not the prince of poetry he would more enduringly become. (Fifty-five photographs—not seen)"
The first biography of one of American poetry's finest lyricists—whose literary grace and authority, musical sense, and headlong (often foolish) way with life bears remarkable resemblance to the much differently circumstanced Boris Pasternak's. Read full book review >
MUSICAL GUMBO by Grace Lichtenstein
Released: June 7, 1993

"Should inspire many new visitors to the Crescent city and hip them to what's been cooking there all these years."
A casual yet palatable guide to the music of New Orleans that serves up its spicy musical and historical matter in high style. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >