Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

TOWNSHIPS by Michael Martone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Flawlessly intelligent essays, variously nostalgic, angry, and prophetic."
Essays on the Midwest, each grappling well with the idea of townships. Read full book review >
THE DISUNITING OF AMERICA by
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 1992

"A refreshing, outspoken treatment of a phenomenon too often clothed in euphemism."
A passionate criticism of multiculturalism by the two-time Pulitzer-winner. Read full book review >

THE MOON IS BROKEN by Eleanor Craig
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 19, 1992

"A moving story that will touch many who are grappling with the bitter truth that even the strongest devotion can't save an addict who doesn't want to save herself."
A harrowing memoir of how Craig (If We Could Hear the Grass Grow, 1983, etc.), a practicing child psychotherapist, finds herself powerless to help her own daughter, who succumbs to depression, anorexia, heroin addiction, and, finally, death from AIDS. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 18, 1992

According to the husband-and-wife team of scientist Hudson (Nightlife: The Interpretation of Dreams, 1986) and Jacot (a painter and psychological researcher), the psychological differences between men and women arise from a trauma suffered during infancy by men, in differentiating themselves from their mothers. Read full book review >
MARGARET WISE BROWN by Leonard S. Marcus
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"And he does it without the sanctimonious reverence so endemic in his field."
She was, in the words of former Kirkus editor Barbara Bader—whose American Picturebooks Marcus quotes—"the first to make the writing of picturebooks an art." Read full book review >

LETTERS TO SARTRE by Simone de Beauvoir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Essential reading for anyone wanting to fathom this still towering, contradictory, revolutionary feminist, what she wrote, and what she made of her life."
Found in a cupboard and published last year in France, these "lost" love letters follow upon Deirdre Bair's magnificent Simone de Beauvoir (1990) with revelations about the author of The Second Sex and the exact nature of her extraordinary relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. Read full book review >
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Elena Bonner
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 13, 1992

"Not a literary success, but worthwhile for its historical value. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A coming-of-age memoir by the widow of Andrei Sakharov— tedious in stretches and haphazardly organized, but ultimately fascinating for its intimate view into the turbulent history of Stalinist Russia. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"A personal and candid account of what it means to break an intransigent taboo—and a heartwarming affirmation of love and commitment."
Never timid about confronting prejudice, Mark Mathabane, the South African-born writer of Kaffir Boy (1986) and Kaffir Boy in America (1989), now tackles with his white wife, Gail, that most enduring of racial taboos—intermarriage. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF THE WORLD by Nik Cohn
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"Striving like Whitman, not cynical, but at last quite desolate."
Moody, sweet-spirited survey of lowlifes, castoffs, and misfits along Broadway, from Battery Park to Times Square. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"Should be read by every West Indies traveler and even by old Caribbean hands, who will find here page after page of highly original insights. (Black & white photos—not seen.)"
A penetrating analysis of the social, political, sexual, and cultural worlds that exist behind the four-color Caribbean travel posters. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"A frightening and wondrous journey. (Eight pages of magnificent color photographs.)"
Ereira, a London-based TV producer, brings a chilling doomsday message from Colombia's isolated Kogi Tribe in this captivating mix of anthropology and travel writing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"A painful and fascinating tale; film rights sold."
A gripping inside-out view of one woman's psychosis and of her struggle to convince self-involved doctors that its origin is physical. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >