Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

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 >
Released: June 1, 1993

A breathy memoir of eight Administrations' worth of parties, by a former Washington-society syndicated columnist. Read full book review >
HEROES OF MY TIME by Harrison E. Salisbury
Released: June 1, 1993

"Salisbury alone. (First printing of 25,000)"
Former New York Times reporter Salisbury (The New Emperors, 1992, etc.) profiles 25 individuals who have won his admiration. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Vogel brings light and civility to the conflicting attitudes Americans still have toward the Holy Land, and to the religious and political passions it inspires. (Illustrations)"
Drawing on the experience of American tourists, missionaries, settlers, scholars, and diplomats, Vogel (a senior staff member of the Library of Congress) imaginatively reconstructs how Americans of the last century saw the Holy Land, why they went and what they did there, and their legacy. ``Geopiety,'' a term coined by geographer John Kirtland Wright, explains the motivations of those Protestants who undertook pilgrimages to a neglected part of the declining Ottoman Empire, seeking the sacred associations, the revival of faith, the sense of religious mission that they had absorbed from the Bible and had expressed in the two extraordinary American artifacts with which Vogel begins and ends his text: a reproduction of the Holy Land in Chautauqua, New York, in 1874 and another of the Temple Mount at the 1904 World's Fair, in St. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Funiciello's firsthand knowledge of poverty in America and her common-sense suggestions for dealing with it should open many minds."
A welfare-mother-turned-activist's cri de coeur for ending poverty in America—by changing our attitudes toward the poor and dismantling the welfare system. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Though the prose veers toward scholarly denseness, these essays cover vital ground in the debate over the future of America's cultural soul. (First printing of 10,000)"
Feisty and persuasive essays championing the principle of multiculturalism. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"The West needs a new image, and she's given us many to choose from."
Take the cowboy, please, and send him packing, along with all his mythological baggage—or so argues Russell (Writing/Western New Mexico University) in this provocative and iconoclastic study. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >