Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

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 >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Here, dispensing limited but useful advice, Stern (Expecting Change; The Indispensable Woman—neither reviewed) focuses on the grievances of married women against their husbands, finding the sources of the complaints in false expectations, inappropriate attitudes, and failed communication. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A highly responsible and eye-opening work—and an excellent complement to Susan Faludi's Backlash (reviewed above)."
A startling view of the younger generation's attitude toward feminism, in which the older feminist generation is roundly criticized and a new style of exploration emerges. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Will appeal primarily to men already involved in the men's movement and secondarily to women who want to understand them."
Further exploration of the new masculinity, this time by men's workshop leader Lee. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"It will cause angry, but perhaps fruitful, debate."
Kozol again turns a floodlight on a dark corner of the nation's soul, the classrooms of the minority poor. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 1991

"Informed by court records and extensive personal interviews, a welcome contribution to the growing literature on child abuse."
From an attorney who specializes in defending children who kill parents, case studies that show how years of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse—sometimes all three—always provide the motive for these crimes. Read full book review >
PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK by Melissa Fay Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1991

"Perhaps too discursive for some, with scenes of evocation before and after every piece of action; still, a beautifully written and absolutely authentic picture of the rural South."
In 1971, McIntosh County, N.C., was a tiny hamlet of 1800 souls—half of them black—that the civil-rights movement, played out in cities, had passed by: a hard-scrabble setting for Greene's powerful book debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >