Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

RELIGION
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >

PAUL ROBESON JR. SPEAKS TO AMERICA by Paul Robeson
SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 >
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 1, 1993

"Still, a somewhat useful introduction to men's issues for those who prefer sloganeering psychologisms to the literary allusions of Bly."
Allen (director of the Texas Men's Institute) and Robinson (a freelance writer) show how the stereotypes men are raised with, as well as the allegedly dysfunctional parents who raise them, produce emotional cripples—and how talk-therapy fails them while the new rituals associated with Robert Bly will free them. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1993

"A collection that raises questions not so much about pairing or even creativity, but rather about how people living such chaotic lives function at all—and about why those who enjoy their art should care about their sexual logistics."
Essentially gossip—in spite of the trendy title—in these 13 essays by various authors on the influence that sexually paired writers or artists have on each other. Read full book review >
LOVE MATCH by Sandra Faulkner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Numerous questions go begging in the emotion-laden, self- serving text—making this hardly the work by which to judge Navratilova, the pair's relationship, or, for that matter, Nelson herself. (Illustrations)"
Former Texas beauty-queen Nelson tells—as written by sociologist Faulkner—of her eight-year affair with tennis great Martina Navratilova, as well as of the pair's litigious breakup and eventual out-of-court settlement. Read full book review >
THE FIFTIES by David Halberstam
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Compulsively readable, with familiar events and people grown fresh in the telling."
In The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, and The Reckoning, Halberstam proved that he can master intimidating subjects with aplomb—and in this massive tome on a convulsive decade in American life, he meets with equal success. Read full book review >
THE WISH FOR KINGS by Lewis H. Lapham
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Eloquent, piercingly intelligent essays crying out against America's Orwellian future."
The editor of Harper's and author of Imperial Masquerade (1990), etc., reaches the top of his form in five distinguished essays arguing that too few Americans any longer care or know enough to protect and nurture democratic institutions. ``[The] habits of liberty have fallen into disuse,'' writes Lapham, ``and the promise of democracy no longer inspires or exalts a majority of the people lucky enough to have been born under its star.'' America has devolved into an oligarchy, the argument begins—an argument buttressed with facts, figures, and observations—and the nation's collective frame of mind has changed as well over the past 30 years from that of ``democrat'' to that of ``courtier'': from a citizenry that understands government to be what the governed make of it to a citizenry that passively and obsequiously seeks favors and dispensations from the high and unresponsive powers that be. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1993

"An important, well-documented study that deserves attention."
A forceful analysis of attempts to deny the Nazi Holocaust. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE IN THE PLAYGROUND by Iona Opie
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 1, 1993

"Unlike the 1992 reissue of Opie's I Saw Esau, written with her late husband, Peter, this has no colorful Maurice Sendak illustrations interpreting the scene—but the text is nonetheless appealing for its heartening picture of children at play. (Two b&w plates)"
Down in the schoolyard, as Opie (The Classic Fairy Tales, 1974, etc.) presents her impressions of exuberant playground life during the English equivalent of recess. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 1, 1993

Best known as the ``pioneer of outing'' (identifying homosexuals in public life), gay activist-journalist Signorile (a columnist for The Advocate) offers no revelations in this angry memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >