Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"Should be read by every West Indies traveler and even by old Caribbean hands, who will find here page after page of highly original insights. (Black & white photos—not seen.)"
A penetrating analysis of the social, political, sexual, and cultural worlds that exist behind the four-color Caribbean travel posters. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"A frightening and wondrous journey. (Eight pages of magnificent color photographs.)"
Ereira, a London-based TV producer, brings a chilling doomsday message from Colombia's isolated Kogi Tribe in this captivating mix of anthropology and travel writing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"A painful and fascinating tale; film rights sold."
A gripping inside-out view of one woman's psychosis and of her struggle to convince self-involved doctors that its origin is physical. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Fun for men to check themselves out, and for curious women to have a look—and could soar high on the crest of the men's movement."
One hundred men speak anonymously and candidly about their ``core issues.'' Here, Baker continues his oral-report format of 'Nam (1981), Cops (1985), and Women (1989)—with mixed results. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

An exotic, absorbing, rather odd life saga played out against the volatile politics of Iran. ``Dispossessed of her Persian heritage,'' Farmaian (b. 1921) fondly recalls her harem childhood as the 15th of 36 children, the third-born to her 16-year-old mother, who was the third of her father's eight wives. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The corrective, though, may not be to have more humane architecture or pedestrian pathways that rub middle-class noses in urban filth, poverty, misery, and violence—but to address these miseries directly."
What's in store for American cities? Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A gripping life that rings true. (Sixteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Well-written life of singer-pianist Simone, as notable for its clear, strong voice as for its events, which are pretty strong too. Read full book review >
GERTRUDE AND ALICE by Diana Souhami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Photographs by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton stand out among 45 illustrations that convey Stein and her world."
Here, the odd, legendary, and passionate collaboration between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas is eyed with detailed objectivity by London critic Souhami (Gluck: Her Biography, 1989- -not reviewed). ``Gertrude and Alice made a strange looking pair,'' Souhami begins. Read full book review >
THE TRIAL OF MADAME CAILLAUX by Edward Berenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Freshly researched, elegantly written, always engrossing. (Twelve b&w illustrations.)"
A skillful take on France's belle Çpoque, using the celebrated 1914 trial of Henriette Caillaux for the murder of Le Figaro editor Gaston Calmette as a springboard to examine a wide range of contemporary topics. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Occasionally repetitive and simplistic but nonetheless a warmhearted and genuinely inspiring introduction to compassion as a way of life."
The freewheeling author of the pop spiritual classic Be Here Now teams with fellow Hindu devotee Bush to guide inexperienced Americans on to the path of compassionate action—offering his own spiritual autobiography as testimony to the transforming power of love and social action. Read full book review >
MID-LANDS by Robert Murray Davis
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Leisurely dig through leaf-meal on a southern life-path, best when the compost ripens."
Captivating memoir of life and customs in Boonville, Missouri, during the 1940's-50's. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >