Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

THE VILLAGE by Alice Taylor
Released: March 24, 1993

"Sentimental but entertainingly so: the story of a village well kept and a life well lived."
Taylor's third volume of Irish reminiscences (Quench the Lamp, 1991; To School Through the Fields, 1990) continues in a sunny vein as it evokes the history, landscape, and sometimes dotty citizenry of tiny 1960's Innishannon, where the author raised five kids, opened a guest house, and manned the local post office and grocery store. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 1993

"Smartly written and compelling."
Superbly well-balanced and thoughtful reconstruction of a family life in the Anchorage underworld; based on Rich's series of articles that appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. ``Family life'' may be too loose a phrase to bind the fragments of existence excavated by Rich while digging up the bones of her murdered father and mad mother. Read full book review >

Released: March 22, 1993

"This is a book that drives at its point so narrowly as to cut it off from a wider reality."
In a vivid, pointed, disturbing analysis, Magnet (Senior Fellow/Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; editorial board/Fortune magazine) attributes current economic problems to the cultural revolution of the 60's, to the social policies devised by the ``Haves'' (rich, liberal, professional) for the ``Have-nots'' (poor, black, underclass). Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 1993

"For the woman who wasn't born yesterday and won't stop thinking about tomorrow's lover, these lubricated sentiments can offer humorous support—but for many, Brown's lifelong pursuit of happiness will seem no more uplifting than flimsy lingerie."
Thirty years after her Sex and the Single Girl assured women that acting smart and feeling sexy aren't incompatible, Brown (Having It All, 1982, etc.) returns to explain how aging also fits right into the formula. Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 1993

"Not much new, but smartly joined together. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
With a rich idea satisfyingly carried out, novelist/biographer Feinstein (All You Need, 1990, etc.) focuses on the erotic life of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Read full book review >

Released: March 17, 1993

"John Stalker controversy). (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A massive, often turgid history that shows how talks without resolution and the shadow of the gunman have become fixtures in Northern Ireland during the past 25 years. Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 1993

"A thought-provoking study, bringing together many social, biological, and political theories into a well-reasoned volume."
A stimulating and tightly argued treatise on how American and Western culture defines gender and uses that definition to make the ``equality of women'' an oxymoron. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 1993

"Diffuse and disappointing, as Browning overburdens his evidence with an unproven, perhaps unprovable, thesis."
A scattershot study that seeks to discern an American ``gay culture.'' By investigating such phenomena as the gay community's reactions to the AIDS epidemic, radical gay-rights organizations, changing sexual practices, and homosexuals' burgeoning economic clout, former NPR reporter Browning (coauthor, The American Way of Crime, 1980) attempts to discover whether or not a gay culture exists in today's America. Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 1993

Brunvand's fifth collection/analysis of ``urban legends'' (Curses! Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 1993

"Essential reading. (Drawings—not seen.)"
An anecdotal, wry, clever—and deeply disturbing—critique of the way Americans use and abuse time. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 1993

"A serious effort that commands attention when the poor speak for themselves but that loses its power when the professor lectures."
What life is like for single mothers and their children living in poverty in America today—and why it need not be that way. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"Many of the contributors are right or left of center but none are so conservative as to suggest that America is now colorblind."
Ninety years after W.E.B. DuBois posited the ``double- consciousness'' of African-Americans (``always measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity'' in a constant experience of ``twoness—an American, a Negro...two unreconciled strivings''), 18 African-American intellectuals offer thoughtful responses. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >