Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 28, 1992

"An informative and useful contribution to mutual understanding—but marred by less than scintillating prose."
A somewhat dry yet comprehensive report on Japanese women— from a professor of psychology (at Tokyo's Keio Univ.) and adviser on women's issues. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"A most rewarding remembrance. (Illustrations.)"
Admirably modest, intimate, and compelling dual bio/memoir of Malcolm X and his assistant minister Benjamin Goodman, now Benjamin Karim. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"AIDS''—but, overall, this vital and original study goes a long way toward restoring the dignity of a much-maligned group of outcasts. (Photographs.)"
`` 'Tis Pity She's a Whore,'' wrote playwright John Ford in 1633, summing up society's general attitude toward prostitutes. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 14, 1992

"Coinciding with an election year that's focused on these myths, Mount's argument acquires a particularly ironic twist- -for one way demagogues control the family, he shows, is to claim they are in favor of it."
From TLS editor Mount (The Selkirk Strip, 1988, etc.): a controversial history of love and marriage in Europe that reveals how threatening private relationships have been to both church and state—and how those institutions have unsuccessfully attempted to suppress private relationships by perpetuating myths about how modern or unstable or unnatural such relationships are. Read full book review >
THE GONNE-YEATS LETTERS 1893-1938 by Anna MacBride White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 1992

"Too lopsided to be of general interest, but Yeatsians will lap it up. (Photographs.)"
With only 29 Yeats letters to Maud Gonne extant (the others were destroyed in the Irish Civil War), and 373 of hers to him, this is hardly a two-way exhibition—and you have to have a great taste for either Celtic myth, occultism, progressive Irish politics, or the plight of a gorgeous, plucky woman to stay fully involved here. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Gratifying reading for women of all ages—and would that men would read it as well. (Twelve pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Add to the genre of books on the sociology of women in science this first-rate compendium of bios of women who got the Big One— and a few who came close. Read full book review >
CREATING LOVE by John Bradshaw
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Soon to be a PBS series—during the afternoon soap hour, one hopes."
From the man who brought us the ``inner child'' (Homecoming, 1990—not reviewed), here's a new serving of psychobabble aimed at the maladjusted: an exploration of the ``mysterious power of love'' and how to attain it. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Not a critical study—the merits of Olmsted's causes are taken as given—but an engrossing introduction to an interesting woman living in interesting times. (Twenty-nine illustrations—not seen.)"
From Bacon, veteran historian of feminism and the Quakers (The Quiet Rebels, 1985, etc.): a history of suffragist and peace- activist Mildred Scott Olmsted (1890-1990) that's as much mirror to a turbulent age as an account of a remarkable woman. Read full book review >
THE JUDAS FACTOR by Karl Evanzz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Vastly convincing, ending in a bloodbath of assassinations. (First printing of 40,000)"
Timely look at the death of Malcolm X—in a book set for publication three days after Spike Lee's film Malcolm X opens. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"At best, a sophisticated analysis of a very real crisis, and an earnest plea for America to face some home truths; at worst, an experience akin to suffering from the blur of a 350-page Op-Ed piece."
A heartfelt and perceptive analysis of what Guinness (Visiting Fellow/The Brookings Institute; The Gravedigger File, 1983, etc.- -not reviewed) sees as the cultural crisis facing America today. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 25, 1992

"Though strongest in its earlier chapters, when Jackson's raw material is at its most dramatic, this wonderful self-portrait of emotional life in the mother zone provides solace and surprises from start to finish."
An account of becoming and being a mother that reads like a novel and is as intimate as a poem. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"But Reingold admires where Crichton bashes; as such, essential for all Japan-watchers. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
The former Tokyo Bureau chief of Time magazine, now a senior correspondent, on ``one of the most complex tales of modern twentieth-century history'': the astonishing rise and contradictory nature of postwar Japan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >