Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Masterly scholarship that unravels the murderous racial, gender, and class resentments underpinning a terrorist organization as American as apple pie."
A well-researched and convincing analysis of the most powerful reactionary movement in American history: the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s. Read full book review >
THE FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK by Jim May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"The particulars of the rural past certainly have intrinsic interest, but those searching for tart or fibrous substance should look elsewhere; this is Wonder Bread."
The oral tradition suffers in its translation to print in this flawed collection of raconteur May's stories about his upbringing as a Catholic farmboy in Spring Grove, Illinois. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Despite stylistic flaws, a valuable resource on the politics of women's health."
In Unequal Treatment, Nechas and Foley (Women's Encyclopedea of Health and Emotional Healing, not reviewed) argue that bias against women in medical research and practice has had a detrimental, often deadly, effect on women's health. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Surviving Suicide'' would be a more apt, if less sensational, title for this casebook of eight families."
Despite his book's misleading title, Slaby's experiences in counseling grieving parents raise important questions about why so many youths' cries for help go unanswered. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Also, the magazine's excellent cartoonists get somewhat short shrift."
This handsomely produced large-format volume traces over 25 years of the gay and lesbian movement's history through the pages of its foremost newsmagazine, the Advocate. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Still, an outspoken and highly personal account of the difficult task of being a mother."
Family therapist Weingarten digs beneath society's expectations and its image of the perfect mother to examine the question of how a woman can be a parent and still retain her individual ``voice,'' speaking and evolving as the person she really is. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Yapko gives no quarter to child abusers, but offers wise guidance and support to families whose lives have been decimated by false accusations."
Memory can be as malleable as clay, warns a clinical psychologist, and the road to recovering memories of child abuse is strewn with the shards of ``unwitting'' errors by so-called expert therapists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Although the trip chronicled was undoubtedly meaningful for the author and will appeal to New Age seekers, it will leave others cold. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A vivid account of one woman's pilgrimage to the shrines and sacred sites of the New Age quickly degenerates into pop psychology and pseudo-profundities. Read full book review >
GAL by Ruthie Bolton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"An inspiring journey of a contemporary pilgrim who, beset by all the worst demons, learned to love and forgive. (Author tour)"
A young African-American woman born and raised in Charleston, SC, movingly relates in unsparing detail her struggle to overcome a legacy of abuse and neglect. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Despite stylistic lapses and a few bursts of preachiness, a reflective exploration of a mother's struggle with her attitudes toward homosexuality and a family's negotiation of difference."
A moving and honest account by American Book Award-winning novelist Dew of what she learned when her oldest son came out. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"A credible and unsentimental story that illuminates Frost's personality, the quality of his life, the sources of his creativity, and the value of artistic education. (Illustrations and photos)"
The poet's granddaughter refutes the ``crude psychoanalytical'' interpretation of Frost proffered by Lawrance Thompson in his contentious biography and offers instead a picture of a generous, responsible, and playful father-poet. Read full book review >
THE HOLY GRAIL by Malcolm Godwin
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Lavishly illustrated, it will make a fine coffee-table book. (180 color and b&w illustrations)"
An extensive treatment of the various legends of the Holy Grail that ultimately falls apart because of its pursuit of flimsy speculation. 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 >