Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 1994

"Worthwhile if only for Phebe Davis's pungent observations, but also for framing historic patterns of abuse of the mentally ill."
A hundred years of first-person reports from women committed to mental institutions that seem no less distressing in the 20th century than in the 19th. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 1994

"This compelling memoir reveals much about a particular expatriate and the people he has left behind."
An absorbing, provocative memoir by an unorthodox Palestinian poet and essayist. Read full book review >

TELLING WOMEN'S LIVES by Linda Wagner-Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 1994

"A significant and provocative contribution to postfeminist literary criticism. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-researched, engrossing history and critique of biographies about women. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 1994

"Avoiding romantic calls to return to the wilderness and arguments about women's inherent alliance with nature, Diamond directs attention to the cyclical nature of life and death, and provides a stepping stone for future ecofeminist efforts."
Diamond parallels the abuse of nature and the abuse of women to challenge ecological and feminist assumptions about population control and fertility. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Perhaps most helpful is the state-by-state resource directory."
Donnelly (Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling, 1987, etc.) combines personal testimonies with the observations of professionals to examine the unique ways in which AIDS affects surviving friends, siblings, parents, lovers, children, and spouses. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

A thoughtful and provocative look at scientific racism from the rise of the theory of evolution to the present. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

What better event than a newspaper strike to show the gulf between the assumptions of the American labor movement and the realities of the information economy? Read full book review >
SAME-SEX UNIONS IN PREMODERN EUROPE by John Boswell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Well worth the attention of anyone with a serious interest in the social and spiritual history of love and marriage."
Boswell (History/Yale; Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, not reviewed) convincingly establishes that, from ancient times to the 18th century, throughout Christian Europe, same-sex union rituals honored a form of ``gay marriage.'' Working from church manuscripts, mainly in ancient Greek, that describe the ceremonies, Boswell carefully traces the historical context in which these practices occurred, exploring premodern beliefs about love and marriage, both gay and heterosexual. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"Even without the footnotes, the narration is probably too dense to sustain the interest of the general reader."
An account, based on interviews conducted by ethnographer Caillet, of the life of a Japanese businesswoman who overcame severe cultural barriers to become a great ``master of beauty.'' Yamazaki Inkue was born into a rich family in the rural town of Asaka, where every stream, rock, and cave was said to be inhabited by some spirit or demon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"With access to previously unattainable archives in Moscow and using extensive interviews and written material, Carroll tells a magnificent tale of hope, idealism, heroism, honor, death, and betrayal."
Tapping new sources for the first time, this must surely be considered the definitive work on Americans who fought and died for the Spanish Republic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

This collection is all over the place—as any honest anthology claiming to represent feminism must be. Read full book review >
PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS by Jean Sasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"In spite of the breathless tone, a fascinating look at the lifestyles of the rich and Saudi. (Author tour)"
Sasson (Princess, 1992) again teams up with a Saudi Arabian princess, alias ``Sultana,'' to bring us more tales from behind the veil. 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 >