Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

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 >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A dazzling exposition, intellectually demanding but lightened by lively prose, that goes far to establish Young as the Joseph Campbell of the Nineties. (Line drawings—not seen.)"
Audacious anthropological speculation by Young (Literature/Univ. of Essex, England), who traces humanity's spiritual practices back to the ancients and beyond in an attempt to ``heal the rift that opened in the Western soul some 400 years ago when science and religion went their separate ways.'' Decrying today's scientism, or ``science as religion,'' Young calls for a return to ``foundations''—the mythological roots of our understanding of the universe. Read full book review >
A SPECIAL KIND OF HERO by Chris Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The story of how ordinary people met extraordinary demands and how a special child became an unexpected success, marred in the telling by repetition and overattention to trivia. (Twenty- five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Awkwardly told tale of how one family raised a Down's syndrome child to achieve far beyond expectations. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Withal, a fine, provocative and absorbing account of what makes humans human."
``The modern era, if it can be reduced to any single dimension, is especially characterized by its obsession with symbols and their management.'' So says Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ontario), echoing the philosopher Ernst Cassirer a generation ago—with a difference. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Eight gay figures carve a niche in the American dream in this collection of engaging but often overzealous biographies. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"We don't find out here, but we may be inspired to expand our own little business in homage."
In case the title fails to warn you, this is a somewhat unfocused inspirational corporate history by the entrepreneurial cult heroine who founded the wildly remunerative ``environmentally conscious'' cosmetics company called The Body Shop. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Slick repackaging of standard advice."
Psychotherapists Barbach (For Each Other, 1982, etc.) and Geisinger team up here to write in praise of monogamy—ever-more appealing as the sexual revolution turns nasty. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >