Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"The writing—polished, clever, and aptly targeted to GQ—is stylish nibble more than sustaining substance."
Food, sex, and other thoughts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"These interviews, though, which skirt uncomfortably close to a flurry of feminist mea culpa, unfortunately do little either to illuminate or sort out that mess."
An unsatisfying collection of interviews with 22 women about the men's side of the feminist revolution. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 1994

"Powerful evidence that girls give up their intellectual potential as gender bias is perpetuated in the classroom. (Charts; illustrations—not seen.)"
A telling investigation by the Sadkers (Education/American University) of why girls metamorphose from intellectually eager first-graders into socially compliant high-school and college students who score 60 points below their male peers on SATs and achievement tests. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Sympathetic, but superficial."
A sketchy portrait of married women with long-term lovers—and if that sounds like the subject of a TV talk-show, don't be surprised: Pop psychologist Friedman (On a Clear Day You Can See Yourself, 1990, etc.) hosts CNN's Sonya Live!. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"Strong stuff: not for those who prefer to cling to comforting illusions about life's end."
A sobering look at the clinical reality of death by a physician who wants it known that ``we rarely go gentle into that good night.'' Nuland (Yale Medical School; Doctors, 1988) takes the position that if we know the truth about the physical process of dying, we can rid ourselves of both our fears and our false expectations. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"Perhaps too close to the situation, the authors fail to capture what in other hands might have been a unique and inspiring story. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
About one of the NBA's ``bad boys'': an uninspired, sometimes sketchy account of Rodman's relationship with a rural family during his college days in Oklahoma. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Reading through it is immensely rewarding—like having an hourlong, tell-all phone conversation with a close friend."
A moving, eloquent assortment of personal writings from the diaries of contemporary black women, collected by Bell-Scott (coeditor: Doublestitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, 1991—not reviewed) and including excerpts from Alice Walker, Audrey Lorde, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, and others, as well as selections from lesser-known, unpublished writers. Read full book review >
ANONYMITY by Susan Bergman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Written in a densely poetic style with shifting chronology, Bergman's story sometimes seems overly elliptical—but, by its stunning end, it achieves a brilliant and cutting clarity."
An impressionistic memoir by Bergman, a poet, in which she ``outs'' her secretly gay father, dead of AIDS, and makes her own brave and painful decision to stop living a lie. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Clearly presented theory, amply illustrated with lengthy case histories."
An elaborate presentation of the idea that people can get locked into fictional roles by their families. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Mathematics and science aside, there's plenty of old- fashioned, helpful, and worthwhile advice here about gender differences, realistic expectations, love, and respect—advice that may appeal especially to those who enjoy taking quizzes and analyzing relationships."
From psychology professor (Univ. of Washington) and marriage researcher Gottman: an upbeat, easy-to-follow manual based on research into the dynamics of married couples. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"One can't help wishing that Massengill had reduced the personal detail here, allowing more emphasis on the great questions of politics and justice woven into Beckwith's, Evers's—and our—social understanding. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Biography of Byron De La Beckwith, the presumed killer of civil-rights martyr Medgar Evers: in spite of its flaws, a grim reminder of the hate groups that have plagued the movement for racial justice. Read full book review >
INNOCENTS IN AFRICA by Drury Pifer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A book of so many good things—love, wisdom, and luminous prose—that's also a unique record of an American childhood in pre- 1948 South Africa. (B&w photographs)"
A beautifully rendered, bittersweet memoir of an American family abroad in an alien place—the bleak mining towns of southern Africa in the 1930's and 40's—that limns exactly childhood's enviable ability to live for the moment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >