Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Has the feel of a magazine article padded out with term-paper material into a book."
How prejudices based on skin color (as well as hair texture and facial structure) affect the daily lives and life opportunities of blacks in their dealings with whites and—above all—with each other: A compilation of anecdotes with a familiar historical overview and mostly obvious conclusions. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"In the end, Taylor resembles a physician who uses the most sophisticated equipment to diagnose a patient's condition—and then prescribes bloodletting as the cure."
A stinging, but ultimately one-dimensional, polemic that calls for dismantling race-conscious government, educational, and business policies that, in this conservative's view, worsen the white-black relations they sought to better. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A thoughtful, expansive appraisal of what market values may or may not be worth in the great ends of—and real business of living in—latter-day America."
A scholar's bold and brilliant, albeit detached, effort to determine the degree to which Americans can achieve self- realization (or secular redemption) in a nation whose primary values are economic. Read full book review >
TRIALS OF THE EARTH by Helen Dick Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"A splendid and long overdue addition to the pioneering canon."
Life at the turn of the century in the lumber camps of the Mississippi Delta, as recalled by a woman pioneer who cooked for hundreds; raised a family; and, with humor and courage, overcame a host of daunting obstacles. Read full book review >
CATHOLIC GIRLS by Amber Coverdale Sumrall
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 29, 1992

"Perhaps—but this anthology will provoke more yawns than yelps."
Not, as the title suggests, about Catholic girlhood per se, but rather about girls and young women who rebel against their religious upbringing. Read full book review >

THE CHANGE by Germaine Greer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Intensively researched, intelligently written, this erudite, literate work—a brilliant philosophical complement to Gail Sheehy's bestselling The Silent Passage (p. 381)—should inspire change in how we think about The Change."
It may be that menopause saw Greer (Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, 1989, etc.) coming and quaked, for surely the subject will never be quite the same again. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Insightful, poignant, and rife with honest revelations. (Photographs—32 pp.—not seen.)"
The story of a black Russian's life in pre-glasnost Russia, and of her quest to discover and connect with her American and African roots. Read full book review >
SHE'S A REBEL by Gillian G. Gaar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Essential reading for rock fans—particularly those with large record collections and open minds. (Sixty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A first-rate rock-'n'-roll history with enough lively detail and thoughtful analysis to put to shame the marginalization of women rockers decried by Gaar (editor of the music magazine The Rocket). Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

"As such, a joy. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
A vastly enjoyable excursion into American obsessions. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A nice ending, then, for an upbeat, reassuring tale."
In explaining the circumstances of her daughter's conception, birth, and adoption, British actress Collins (the Upstairs, Downstairs series; star of Shirley Valentine) provides a warm, appealing account of her own English childhood—and of her experiences with acting companies in Ireland, and at the convent she took refuge in while hiding her pregnancy from her family. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Clairs—one sure to interest any serious student of the Middle Ages. (Thirty- two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In a highly eclectic approach to medieval history, the prolific Sinclair (Spiegel, 1987, etc.) explores links between his ancestors—the St. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nonetheless, those seeking a clear and consistent analysis of the meaning of free speech will be disappointed."
In a sometimes confused, sometimes admirable polemic, Hentoff (John Cardinal O'Connor, 1988, etc.) argues against restraints on free expression in a wide variety of contemporary contexts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >