Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 621)

THE MISMEASURE OF WOMAN by Carol Tavris
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"The author's unusual ability to winnow out such deeply imbedded errors in thinking makes this an especially important, stimulating, and timely work, and an excellent complement to Susan Faludi's Backlash (1991)."
Social psychologist Tavris (Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, 1983) unveils society's systemic and often unconscious definition of the male as the norm against which women must measure up or be found deficient—a provocative and thought-provoking look at how sexism persists today. Read full book review >
LIFE ITSELF by Roger Rosenblatt
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

Life's editor-at-large Rosenblatt (Children of War, 1983) calls for a cease-fire in America's battle over abortion, brilliantly drawing up a resolution that tolerates this ``imponderable, agonizing and fundamentally ambiguous element in our national life.'' Rosenblatt argues that our politicized pro-choice/pro-life schism came about because of Roe v. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Revelatory but regrettably dry work with repercussions for today."
In a thorough and important, if often tiresomely repetitive, study, Solinger (Women's Studies/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) dissects the politics of female fertility in America from 1945-65, when the strikingly different treatments of middle-class white and poor black pregnant teenagers clearly reflected the demands of a racist, family-centered economy. Read full book review >
TOWNSHIPS by Michael Martone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Flawlessly intelligent essays, variously nostalgic, angry, and prophetic."
Essays on the Midwest, each grappling well with the idea of townships. Read full book review >
THE DISUNITING OF AMERICA by
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 1992

"A refreshing, outspoken treatment of a phenomenon too often clothed in euphemism."
A passionate criticism of multiculturalism by the two-time Pulitzer-winner. Read full book review >

THE MOON IS BROKEN by Eleanor Craig
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 19, 1992

"A moving story that will touch many who are grappling with the bitter truth that even the strongest devotion can't save an addict who doesn't want to save herself."
A harrowing memoir of how Craig (If We Could Hear the Grass Grow, 1983, etc.), a practicing child psychotherapist, finds herself powerless to help her own daughter, who succumbs to depression, anorexia, heroin addiction, and, finally, death from AIDS. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 18, 1992

According to the husband-and-wife team of scientist Hudson (Nightlife: The Interpretation of Dreams, 1986) and Jacot (a painter and psychological researcher), the psychological differences between men and women arise from a trauma suffered during infancy by men, in differentiating themselves from their mothers. Read full book review >
MARGARET WISE BROWN by Leonard S. Marcus
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"And he does it without the sanctimonious reverence so endemic in his field."
She was, in the words of former Kirkus editor Barbara Bader—whose American Picturebooks Marcus quotes—"the first to make the writing of picturebooks an art." Read full book review >
LETTERS TO SARTRE by Simone de Beauvoir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Essential reading for anyone wanting to fathom this still towering, contradictory, revolutionary feminist, what she wrote, and what she made of her life."
Found in a cupboard and published last year in France, these "lost" love letters follow upon Deirdre Bair's magnificent Simone de Beauvoir (1990) with revelations about the author of The Second Sex and the exact nature of her extraordinary relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. Read full book review >
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Elena Bonner
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 13, 1992

"Not a literary success, but worthwhile for its historical value. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A coming-of-age memoir by the widow of Andrei Sakharov— tedious in stretches and haphazardly organized, but ultimately fascinating for its intimate view into the turbulent history of Stalinist Russia. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"A personal and candid account of what it means to break an intransigent taboo—and a heartwarming affirmation of love and commitment."
Never timid about confronting prejudice, Mark Mathabane, the South African-born writer of Kaffir Boy (1986) and Kaffir Boy in America (1989), now tackles with his white wife, Gail, that most enduring of racial taboos—intermarriage. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF THE WORLD by Nik Cohn
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"Striving like Whitman, not cynical, but at last quite desolate."
Moody, sweet-spirited survey of lowlifes, castoffs, and misfits along Broadway, from Battery Park to Times Square. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >