Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

ON CLOWNS by Norman Manea
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Romanian-ÇmigrÇ novelist Manea here offers a rambling clutch of essays that effectively reproduce the sense of chaos and insecure self-definition that was (and still must be) the lot of the writer-citizen in the slipperiest, perhaps most psychotic of all the pre-1989 European hell-states, Ceausescu's Romania. Read full book review >
ANNA FREUD by Robert Coles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"No more than an introduction to Freud's work, but, because of the light it sheds on Coles's thought, of interest to his many admirers."
A slender but rewarding intellectual portrait and appreciation that ultimately reveals as much about Pulitzer Prize-winner Coles (Psychiatry and Medical Humanities/Harvard; The Spiritual Life of Children, 1990, etc.) as his subject. Read full book review >

REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN by Gloria Steinem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"A piquant counterpoint to recently revitalized, outer-directed feminist fashion."
In the wake of such feminist calls-to-arms as Susan Faludi's Backlash (p. 1133), Paula Kamen's Feminist Fatale (p. 1137), and Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth (p. 389), Steinem's inwardly turned examination of how men and women sabotage themselves by suppressing the ``child within'' appears decidedly retro. Read full book review >
GAY CULTURE IN AMERICA by Gilbert Herdt
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Miguel: Sexual Life History of a Gay Mexican American'' proves a notable exception)."
Dedicated to ``the gay men and lesbians of American intellectual life''—a collection of generally scholarly essays that examine the status, behavior, and values of some segments of the gay community, emphasizing changes that have occurred since 1969's Stonewall Riot. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"A startling look, then, at a country quite different from, and hauntingly similar to, the US. (Forty photographs—not seen.)"
A desanitized view of Australia from a veteran Australian journalist, ranging from its founding as a penal colony in 1788 to the machinations of the ``Old Mates,'' the powerful ``dullards'' who threaten the nation's hard-won status as a working-class society of equals. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Still, victims of sexual assault may find inspiration in Ross's example."
Part true-life drama, part police procedural, this memoir of a blind woman fighting to bring her rapist to justice succeeds as neither one nor the other. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

News accounts of the last few years have depicted the evolution of the man in the gray flannel suit into the 80-hour-per- week yuppie, and of Superwoman into a bundle of frayed nerves who finds she really can't have it all. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"Nevertheless, he makes an intriguing case for an Altaic paradise. (Sixteen illustrations—not seen.)"
A lively, scholarly detective story in which Ashe (The Discovery of King Arthur, 1985, etc.) turns his inquisitive eye on the possible truth of a prehistoric Golden Age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Not quite the grand meditation it sets out to be, but as a portrait of young and old generations finding a way to make the land work in difficult times, this is lovely stuff."
Yuppie angst in a Virginia orchard, with strands of Thoreau, Quaker sternness, and unabashed capitalism. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"And his central argument certainly is au courant—it's the same one used by Daniel Quinn in his Turner Tomorrow Award-winning novel, Ishmael (p. 1308)."
Lawlor, whose professed credentials include ``many years studying the thought forms of ancient civilizations,'' six years of living in grass huts in South India, and some time spent talking with Australian Aborigines and studying their culture, presents a remarkably comprehensive and fascinating account of the Aboriginal world view and its potential usefulness in imagining future directions for our own faltering culture. Read full book review >
TIME DOLLARS by Edgar Cahn
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A potentially life-changing book, then, with an exciting promise well worth checking out."
``A retired secretary types poetry written by a neighbor with multiple sclerosis, and the neighbor repays her by reading the newspaper to the secretary's blind daughter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Subjects who deserve at least style, if not substance, get neither in this superficial chronicle. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The story of the glittering trio who exemplified glamour (and shrewd matchmaking) to a captivated public gets a curiously lifeless treatment from biographer Grafton (Red, Hot, and Rich, 1987). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >