Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Sarno, despite his genuine affection for the Pygmies, is a puzzling figure who unintentionally reveals more about himself than about the Pygmies, whom he seems to see through all-too-Western eyes."
Sarno, an American, heads for the rain forest of the Central African Republic. Read full book review >
DEEP ARE THE ROOTS by Gordon Heath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Caviar. (Twenty-five illustrations—not seen.)"
Superb autobiography of a gay black actor. Read full book review >

NO MORE NICE GIRLS by Ellen Willis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Despite the rhetorical excesses and some padding (two throwaway pieces about Picasso and Warhol): a must-browse for readers interested in feminism and the culture wars."
The former Village Voice writer and editor (Journalism/NYU) collects almost 30 essays and book reviews spanning the 80's. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Anything Mallon turns out is good—but he can do better than this."
A smartly stitched quilt of Americana that could use a bit more color, by a talented essayist (Stolen Words, 1989, etc.) and novelist (Aurora 7, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Sturdy on the whole, with signs of osteoporosis. (Photos and line drawings—not seen.)"
Schwartz (Anthropology/Univ. of Pittsburgh) gives us the bare bones and more about the science of osteological analysis. Read full book review >

THE NEANDERTALS by Erik Trinkaus
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Easily the best book on the subject. (Seventy-five illustrations—five seen.)"
Fine scientific history, as Neandertal specialist Trinkaus (Anthropology/Univ. of New Mexico) and educator Shipman (The Johns Hopkins Univ. Read full book review >
THE WORST OF TIMES by Patricia G. Miller
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Wade."
Being published on the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion: a heartrending compilation of personal tales of abortion prior to Roe v. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"Strong words in support of a woman's right to choose, as well as sharp criticism of government policies hampering the exercise of that right."
Cogent thoughts from a member of what appears to be a vanishing breed—physicians not only trained and willing to perform abortions but also willing to talk about it. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Imperative reading for all concerned with bias crimes and the temptation to fight arson with arson. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The full story of the KKK's bombing of Jewish targets in the late 60's, and of the effective but illegal measures taken by the FBI to stop the violence. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A sympathetic but cleareyed account of a little-known and even less understood society shaped by its desert and Islamic roots but increasingly vulnerable to change."
An unpretentious and heartwarming tale of friendship across a cultural divide. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Dry and overly general, but Cole picks up steam and passion as she goes along, and ends effectively with questions and suggestions aimed at encouraging the sister-reader to use her own mind to address issues raised and to explore her consciousness and her life."
Old-fashioned uplift with contemporary focus on race, gender, and class from the first female president of Spelman, the prestigious, historically black college for women. Read full book review >
MOTHER-INFANT BONDING by Diane E. Eyer
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Useful for doctors, nurses, and parents who question whether there's a biological need for humans to bond instantly with their offspring."
A lengthy polemic attacking the theory that mother and infant must ``bond'' within the hour of birth—or suffer the consequences. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >