Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

MAY THE LORD IN HIS MERCY BE KIND TO BELFAST by Tony Parker
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"But it is also a sobering reminder of just how perilous and difficult the peace process will be."
From oral historian Parker (Bird, Kansas, 1989, etc.), riveting interviews that speak to the heart of the ``Troubles'' in Belfast, where even to be neither Protestant nor Catholic is not sufficient: ``what matters is where did you begin?'' Parker learned that everything in Belfast, from your choice of camera shop to which hotel you stay in, is affected by religious affiliation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"The text has helpful charts, maps, and tabular material throughout. (First serial to Cosmopolitan, National Enquirer, and New York Times Magazine)"
At best, census statistics represent single frames in a moving picture. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"A full-length portrait—written with force and feeling—of working-class family life."
A somber and disturbing study—``It's not fair'' is the message here—of what's happening to working-class American families. Read full book review >
CRITTERS by A.B.C. Whipple
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Of particular interest to those with an appreciation—and a soft spot—for backyard fauna. (Eleven lovely line drawings accompany the text)"
Primarily known as the author of numerous naval history books (To the Shores of Tripoli, 1991, etc.), Whipple turns his attention here to an investigation—via both firsthand observation and research—of the local wildlife that live in and about his Greenwich, Connecticut, neighborhood. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE BORDER by Kim Chernin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Spare us."
The author of Sex and Other Sacred Games (1989) and In My Mother's House (1983) gives a breathless account of a series of sexual encounters she experienced on an Israeli kibbutz in the early 1970's—of possible interest only to those who were there. Read full book review >

A FATHER'S STORY by Lionel Dahmer
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Clear, modest, intelligent—and extremely disturbing."
Lionel Dahmer, father of mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, here writes one of the most courageous, unsensational books ever written about serial murder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ribowski's first-rate take on the national pastime brings to vivid life what Paige and his contemporaries accomplished on their Jim Crow field of dreams. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unsentimentally revealing biography of the legendary black pitcher, and a history of the catch-as-catch-can Negro leagues where he first flourished. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Absorbing and sobering illumination of a dark corner of the American psyche."
Fascinating, well-researched account of how immigration and public health have influenced each other in the American experience. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"A triumphant and evocative collection: journalism at its best."
A splendid collection of reports originally from the New Yorker. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >