Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Akin to literary terrorism; those interested in a reasoned critique of the animal-rights movement should look at Vicki Hearne's Animal Happiness (reviewed above)."
An intemperate and ill-considered attack on the animal-rights movement by a founder of Putting People First, ``a national nonprofit organization that promotes human rights, animal welfare, and conservation.'' Marquardt's quarrel with animal-rightists began reasonably enough when, in 1990, her daughter was told by an animal-rights advocate that ``all hunters are murderers'' (`` `Mommy, she said you're a murderer,' cried my daughter Montana'')—a shock that prompted the author to launch PPF. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Individually, the pieces are touching—but repetition robs them of much of their impact."
Inspirational speeches—along with autobiographical material—given from May 1992 through June 1993 by Fisher, former White House staffer in the Ford Administration, AIDS activist, and founder of the Family AIDS Network. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A partially successful exploration of the stereotypical images and overriding themes through which many women live their lives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Such diamonds—though in fairly rough settings—make a passable sparkler for oral history and immigration buffs."
A tapestry of firsthand testimony detailing the 19th and early-20th centuries' great wave of European immigration to the US- -dimmed, but not dulled, by merely serviceable commentary and an oddly self-limiting selection. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Credibly optimistic scenarios on what it will take for the US and wider world to realize the promise of bright tomorrows that lie within their reach."
An exuberantly upbeat and beguilingly plausible guide to the brave new world that sociologist Zey believes could eventuate from what he views as a macroindustrial era, i.e., one in which planet earth's inhabitants have the means and opportunity to gain full control over forces that previously have buffeted them. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"There's enough forceful material here to make this a standard- bearer in what may soon become a major ethical debate."
Look an orangutan straight in the eye and what do you see? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Richard was found guilty and is serving life behind bars—but the evidence in the case, confounding and contradictory, is hardly clarified by Gray's often melodramatic treatment. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
The fatal poisoning in 1991 of Dallas socialite Nancy Lyon has all the ingredients for a solid true-crimer: big money; a philandering husband; incest; ambiguous evidence; courtroom drama. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Some amusing anecdotes and much generous praise for her colleagues—but unfocused and meandering. (Includes a succinct, inspirational foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton) (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A personal but choppy overview of Boxer's 1992 fight for the US Senate—and of the races of other women who preceded or joined her there. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Though couched in well-mannered, even cautious, prose, Murphy's linkages offer a provocative new interpretation of the black American religious experience—one that's likely to inspire Afrocentrics even as it wrinkles the collars of conservative clerics and theologians."
Murphy's Santer°a (1988) was a dramatic firsthand, if scholarly, account of that African-Cuban religion. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Not a major contribution to the debate, then, but a fine introduction, ultimately original and engagingly written throughout."
Pornography, contends anthropologist Arcand (UniversitÇ Laval, QuÇbec), marks a choice in favor of a minimalist, uncommitted life purged as far as possible of appetites: the survivalist lifestyle of the anteater rather than that of the fast-living, pleasure-seeking jaguar. Read full book review >
MOTHER TONGUE by Joel Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A first-rate overview of language from A to Z, and then some."
Comprehensive report by veteran science writer Davis (Mapping the Code, 1990, etc.) on the glories and mysteries of language. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A feisty travelogue informed by admiration for diverse countries and cultures past—but marred by poorly chosen language and a gallery of shallow and vulgar characters."
Miss Manners rewrites a gay Baedeker in a sometimes amusing, sometimes offensive, mix of dress tips and travelogue. 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 >