Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A compassionate and caring, albeit sometimes simplistic, call for adults and children to take the time to talk—and to listen—to one another."
A tribute to family values—respect, responsibility, and emotional support—from the well-known child psychologist who died this May. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"All the royalties go to the charity Oxfam America."
A who's who of the New Age movement, and guests, prescribes a what's what for global change—and despite the brevity of these short essays by 52 celebrities with a conscience, there's much to chew on. Read full book review >

YONDER by Jim W. Corder
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Subliminal grieving for a life lived in ribs of dust."
Tobacco chaw and human weighings by a professor of English (Texas Christian Univ.) who wonders whether he exists, and who finds the greater public crises of past decades writ small in his own life. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Why not give them a helping hand?"
An exhaustively researched look at the history and political implications of legislating English as our official language. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A valuable contribution."
A writer and former high-school teacher shares her journal descriptions of her own rape and near-murder in a Seattle laundromat, and of the year of emotional chaos and the grueling courtroom trial that followed. Read full book review >

ANTISEMITISM by Robert S. Wistrich
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A few heroes, a little good news to leaven the bad, would have made this a more edifying work. (B&w illustrations—24 pages—not seen.)"
The companion volume to a three-part TV series shown this spring on PBS. Read full book review >
SATI by Sakuntala Narasimhan
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Clearheaded, informed, and persuasive, Narasimhan makes her points with a quiet yet powerful indignation. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
When 250,000 people gathered in 1987 in the Indian town of Deorala to watch an 18-year-old widow immolate herself on her husband's funeral pyre, achieving glory for herself and honor for her family, the Indian government passed yet one more law against the immolation ritual of sati. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Rewires your thinking. (Four halftones by Pulitzer-winning Chicago Tribune photographer Ovie Carter.)"
Essential black study by a young white sociologist/law student. Read full book review >
Released: July 26, 1992

"Revealing glimpses of the Native American experience in the Southwest today, gathered with obvious warmth and affection for both the storytellers and their stories."
Tantalizing stories—more than 250—culled and woven together from interviews with Native Americans, primarily Navajo and Pueblo, conducted by Cunningham (English/Northern Arizona Univ.) and his wife through much of the 1980's as part of a research project into cross-cultural yarn-spinning. Read full book review >
Released: July 20, 1992

"Hortatory, ecstatic, and, ultimately, irritating."
A feminist counterpart to Iron John—or, how ``a healthy woman is much like a wolf.'' EstÇs, a Jungian analyst, believes that a woman's wholeness depends on her returning to the sources of her repressed instinctual nature. Read full book review >
Released: July 20, 1992

"The force and momentum of his major point, moreover, are often mired in the book's signal virtue: a mass of newspaper-style detail."
Parry, a former A.P. and Newsweek reporter, offers a name- naming book on the herd mentality among Washington's opinion-makers and accuses the Reagan Administration of mounting a domestic disinformation campaign. Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 1992

"Might prove of use, though, if you were preparing to play a transvestite in a movie."
A primer on ``Sex Talk Differences'' by Hollywood guru Glass (Say it Right, 1991, etc.—not reviewed), offering practical advice on how to succeed in love and business by overcoming gender traits in conversation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >