Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"One long kvetch that health care reformers can safely ignore."
A collection of doctor-bashing stories and gripes about medical care compiled by a father-son team in the health care industry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"They are not likely to be forgotten soon by readers."
The conviction earlier this year of Byron de la Beckwith for the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers provides a timeliness to this well- researched, fluidly written, and thoughtful book. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Nevertheless, by simply dropping in on these perfect strangers and talking with them, the author has in a real sense claimed the Tonellis, and claimed America, too."
A native of South Philadelphia's Little Italy takes a tour of the Americans who share his last name—an ingenuous travel tale by turns entertaining and just plain silly. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Gardening in Clay has moments of insight, but its sentimentality and lack of subtlety hinder it from a more profound engagement with its subject."
A sometimes moving but often frustratingly evasive collection of meditations on AIDS by a physician who has lost his twin brother to the disease. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Verghese, who has written for the New Yorker and other publications, offers a powerful testimony to the courage of those who live and die with AIDS and of those who care for them. (Book- of-the-Month Club alternate selection; Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A grim reproof to all who want to deny that AIDS has arrived in America's heartland. Read full book review >

APOCALYPSE POSTPONED by Umberto Eco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1994

"Eco is a true original—substantial, lucid, humane, and a great deal of fun."
Teacher (Semiotics/Univ. of Bologna), editor, cultural commentator, and novelist (Foucault's Pendulum, 1989), Eco offers refreshing commentary on cultural life, primarily in Italy, from the mid-1960s to the late '80s, when intellectuals were especially alarmed by the emergence of a mass or pop culture. Read full book review >
AFRICAN WOMEN by Mark Mathabane
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1994

"A worthy subject, but its treatment is marred by the author's suspect style. (25 b&w photographs—not seen)"
The South African-born Mathabane strains to tell the stories of his sister, mother, and grandmother, illuminating some lesser- known facets of black life under apartheid. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1994

"Don't take ours''), he is not so conscience- stricken as to refrain from peddling what he has learned."
An interesting but nonetheless weak follow-up to Arden's (Wisdomkeepers, not reviewed) work on American Indian spirituality and values. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1994

"Ultimately, though, the book is imbalanced and unconvincing, despite its passion."
An useful though biased and histrionic account of the adopted person's struggle to form ``an authentic sense of self.'' Lifton (Lost and Found, 1979; Twice Born, 1975) continues to explore the struggles and journeys of adopted people. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 1994

"Pool captures the resourcefulness of the researchers, the voices of those who made the discoveries and tested them in their own lives."
Through shrewdly selected examples and engaging interviews with researchers, science journalist Pool (Science, Discover, Nature, etc.) assembles a convincing argument to explain the biological basis of sexual differences. Read full book review >
STALIN AGAINST THE JEWS by Arkady Vaksberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 1994

"One hopes that a more comprehensive and comprehensible retelling of this story will become available soon."
Given the importance of its subject, relatively unexplored, and the talents of its author (The Prosecutor, 1991), this must be judged a major disappointment. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 1994

"Post-conference editing would have given the collection some badly needed coherence ."
This collection of essays addresses the evolving goals, functions, values, and even definitions of museums since the end of WW II. 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 >