Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

RALPH BUNCHE by Brian Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"But be that as it may, Urquhart's scrupulously documented, wide-angle narrative bids fair to become a standard reference on the man. (Photographs—not seen)"
The first full-dress biography of Bunche—and one that brings to life the many achievements of a remarkable diplomat. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A decidedly challenging book."
The thesis of this most interesting book by a Cambridge University psychologist (Richards) and a sociologist (Reibstein) is that the institution of modern marriage is ``inherently unstable'' because it's based on a set of impossible ideals. Read full book review >

WARRIORS IN EDEN by Mariano Gagnon
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A moderately gripping story of a modern-day hero, despite the warts. (Photos)"
A Franciscan missionary battles drug-runners and Shining Path terrorists on behalf of Peruvian Indians: a story competently told with the help of the Hoffers, specialists in coauthoring tales of Third World trauma (Midnight Express, Not Without My Daughter). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"If the role of literature, as Burgess says, is to challenge the commonplace uses of words—to use language inventively and to exploit it aesthetically—then this remarkable book is a rare contribution to the literature of language: a love affair explained and shared."
Burgess has demonstrated his passion for language in his fiction, his essays and reviews, and his multivolumed autobiography (You've Had Your Time, 1991, etc.)—but now, at age 76, he explains it, sharing in this personable yet encyclopedic survey his intimate and extensive knowledge of the "miracle" of it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"A memorable portrait, by a natural storyteller and scholar, of a wonderfully eloquent and expressive people on the cusp of change."
From Irish-American writer Mahoney (The Early Arrival of Dreams, 1990): a remarkably perceptive and engaging account of contemporary Irish women. Read full book review >

ENCORE by May Sarton
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 1993

"Sarton's energy and focus are inspiring—but readers looking for analysis or fresh literary gossip won't find them here. (Photographs—not seen)"
As Gloria Steinem might say, this is what 80 looks like: a pale paean to flowers, food, and friends. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 1993

"More interesting for its sampling of viewpoints than for its conclusions as an attempted forecast of the American future."
The group of Americans sometimes known as the ``Brady Bunch generation'' comes of age—to find that the real world little resembles the idealized version shown on TV. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"But as a veteran of confrontational TV (Oprah, Donahue, etc.) and other media, he must know that this work will cause far more dissension than dialogue—and that its very provocativeness may well make it the hottest men's book since Iron John. (Illustrations)"
The War Between the Sexes escalates considerably with this broadside attack in which men's-movement leader Farrell (Why Men Are the Way They Are, 1986, etc.) contends that the more subjugated sex is...the male. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 1993

"Well-considered and convincing arguments designed to stimulate private thought and public discussion; of special interest to medical ethicists and health-care policy-makers."
A provocative analysis of how our attitudes toward our own mortality underlie society's health-care policies, especially regarding care of the dying and termination of medical treatment, as well as laws on living wills, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

A compelling, multidimensional look at Judaism and Spain—a land infamous for its medieval anti-Semitism but as yet unheralded as a haven from Hitler. Read full book review >
THE EXILE by David Rieff
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

"A tellingly detailed take on a notably cohesive ethnic minority's slow-motion absorption into the melting pot."
A skilled journalist's affecting and compassionate take on southern Florida's affluent, middle-aged Cubans—whose collective dream of returning to the fondly remembered island paradise of their privileged childhood has become anguishingly chimerical. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Fascinating, detailed, and evangelical: a yellow brick road full of rare adventures, intriguing characters, and surprising vistas. (Twenty-four pages of photos—not seen)"
In an alternate history of modern American life from 1890 to 1927, Leach (History/Columbia; True Love and Perfect Union, 1980) offers an encompassing, learned, and fast-paced account of how entrepreneurs, manufacturers, bankers, clergymen, and government leaders produced a culture of consumers—as well as the rituals, morality, aesthetics, and institutions that identify the good with the goodies, acquisition with virtue. 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 >