Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Starkman's self-focus diminishes the struggles of thousands of other families trying to reconcile responsibilities to aging parents and growing children without strangling the creativity of the middle years."
A curious compendium of self-oriented reflections on the four years Starkman helped care for her mother-in-law. Read full book review >
GAY COPS by Stephen Leinen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"AIDS from sharing a glass) might be part of the problem. (First printing of 5,000)"
Though significant as the first study of gay cops and informative by virtue of the author's diligent approach, Leinen's naive and often plodding report on homosexuals in the NYPD manages to reveal only a few insights along with the obvious. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

Powerful testimony from 29 German women survivors of the Third Reich that provides not only a stunning portrait of life on the home front but also insights into a society that spawned both Hitler and the Holocaust. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"It will hit the fast track fast, and keep on running and running and running."
Megawriter Peck, whose The Road Less Traveled continues as a smash bestseller more than a decade after publication, weighs in with additional down-to-earth counsel on psychological and religious matters, based this time on his talks and lectures. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Full of adventure, suspense, and obstacles overcome—an octogenarian version of Thelma and Louise triumphant. (Illustrations)"
Enchanting retelling—and a 1993 Western States Book Award winner—of a tribal legend about two old women, left behind to die, who instead went on to survive and thrive. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"A lucid do-it-yourself guide to managing conflict that will be most useful for couples with the motivation and determination to follow a structured program."
An upbeat, well-organized how-to-make-your-marriage-work manual by two psychologists who've been studying marital conflict for 20 years. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"But her real purpose here isn't to prescribe or analyze deeply—it's just to hold the mirror up to marriage, which she does with good nature and her trademark wit. (Thirty-fived b&w photographs; ten line drawings)"
A sassy gazetteer by Barreca (English and Feminist Theory/Univ. of Connecticut; They Used To Call Me Snow White, 1991) that explores the modern matrimonial state from all angles, kicking up plenty of facts, fictions, and jokes along the way. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"The very fact that she and others have enriched the record by their scholarly exposÇs, however, offers hope for the future."
Much has been written about discrimination against women in science, including assertions that brain size and temperament precluded their ability to study and succeed. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"A harsh critique of masculinity ostensibly written for men but likely to find its warmest reception among women."
A mixed bag of essays, fables, musings, and skits in which a radical feminist plays havoc with the concept of manhood. Read full book review >
QUARRY by Noel T. Boaz
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Peppery, informative bones of contention."
``Have they found it?'' will be the query of most readers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Bland conversations informed largely by the author's profeminist bias."
A pastiche of interviews with daughters of women who struggled individually and collectively as part of the women's movement of the 60's and 70's. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Some heavy going in the inevitable discussions of the scientific evidence—but, on the whole, compelling and readable."
Sarasohn, a Washington-based journalist for Legal Times, turns her attention to the notorious case in which a team led by Nobel laureate David Baltimore (Physiology, 1975) published a scientific paper later exposed as being built on fabricated data. 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 >