Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 29, 1991

"Though giving short shrift to the secular viewpoint, Hunter still provides an informative look at America's ambiguous spiritual character."
America's ``identity'' is seen as a history of religious strife in this probing yet somewhat slanted study. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Ambitious and often penetrating, a laudable effort to explain the origins of, and restore balance to, current psychoanalytic debate. (For a complementary study of early male successors to Freud, see Phyllis Grosskurth's The Secret Ring, p. 1134.) (Photographs.)"
A notable, if occasionally impenetrable, attempt to trace the shift of psychoanalysis from a patriarchal to a matriarchal emphasis by analyzing the lives and works of the most prominent female successors to Freud. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"A powerful companion to Nicholas Lemann's The Promised Land (p. 32) and Kevin Phillips's The Politics of Rich and Poor (1990) in detailing the racial and class tensions that are rending America's social fabric and poisoning its body politic."
An incisive analysis from Washington Post journalist Edsall (The New Politics of Inequality, 1984) of the political equivalent of a continental drift: the electoral realignment in which Republicans have won the White House five out of the last six times since 1964. Read full book review >
A SMALL COUNTRY LIVING GOES ON by Jeanine McMullen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Even if you don't know a whistle stick from a thistle stick, you'll find this one glows. (Eight pages of full-color illustrations.)"
``It is spring again in the valley,'' and for BBC radio host McMullen, time for further vibrant episodes in her personal and professional quest for the breadth of country lore. ``Little has changed but much has happened'' since My Small Country Living (1984) and Wing in the Ash Tree (1988) were published. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

A witty, tightly written, and well-integrated look at our eternal struggles between order and chaos and the need to find a practical medium. Read full book review >

PRAIRYERTH by William Least Heat-Moon
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Rewarding and restless, evocative in its parts and deeply resonant as a whole, this is a strong successor to Blue Highways, establishing Heat-Moon as a master chronicler in the grand tradition. (Maps and drawings.)"
The long-awaited return of Heat-Moon, whose bestselling Blue Highways (1983) ranged far and wide on the byways of America, offers a memorable view of the American heartland—in the form of a splendid survey/view of a single Kansas county, the location of the last remaining expanse of tall-grass prairie. Read full book review >
ENSLAVED by Gordon Thomas
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 22, 1991

"Luridly gripping sexploitation, second-rate journalism."
Confusing hodgepodge that purports to expose a modern-day global slave trade. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Die-hards on both sides will object, but others will find this a gripping account by a woman who understands women and a writer who knows her subject and her craft."
A skillful report by Hertz (Journalism/Univ. of New Hampshire) on the struggles of Preterm Health Services, an abortion clinic in Brookline, Mass., to continue operating amid repeated efforts by an anti-abortion group, Operation Rescue, to shut it down. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Choppy and disjointed, full of Miller quoting herself, and best saved only for those collecting the complete Alice Miller."
A curiously defensive work, continuing the author's studies on child abuse and how it molds tyrants. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 1991

"Freudians."
Aided by previously undisclosed correspondence, Grosskurth (Havelock Ellis, 1980, etc.; Humanities and Psychoanalytic Thought/Univ. of Toronto) takes the story of the brilliant, wildly neurotic men who contrived to safeguard Freudian thought and turns it into an intriguing psychological saga-cum-tragicomedy of manners. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A striking, stubbornly idiosyncratic chronicle of a defiantly different life—and a memorable and often spellbinding book debut."
An intense, quirky, and feverishly absorbing account of Leo's journey from urban conformity to a wilderness homestead in Alaska. Read full book review >
HOMETOWNS by John Preston
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Nostalgia and dissociation are the main themes in this not-so- diverse collection of essays by gay men who either had to leave their old communities or have adopted new ones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >