Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 31, 1993

"Brain candy, then, and none too convincing."
A brief for a new discipline known as ``evolutionary psychology''—as well as a pessimistic assessment of the human condition, based on the alleged biological sources of social customs in lemurs and other primates. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1993

"A Jungian coincidence?"
Shepherd became a biochemist in the 70's, married a fellow graduate student she'd known since high school, pursued a career in biotechnology, and eventually divorced. Read full book review >

A YEAR IN LAPLAND by Hugh Beach
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 27, 1993

"An enthusiastic report by a man in love with his subject, best read on a cold winter's night. (Twelve color, 43 b&w illustrations)"
In a lighthearted homage to a threatened way of life, an American anthropologist recalls his first year among the Saami reindeer herders of Lapland. Read full book review >
MEMPHIS AFTERNOONS by James Conaway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 1993

An affecting memoir that limns the sometimes bumpy journey to acceptance of one's people and the place they called home. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 26, 1993

"A thoughtful and sensitive description that provides a prespective so often lacking from more conventional accounts."
An unusual, engaging, and perceptive look at life in the Soviet Union in its final year of existence, by Hixson (History/University of Akron; George Kennan, 1989—not reviewed). Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 24, 1993

"An affecting memoir that lacks the probing and context to make it the revealing work about America's troubled race relations that it might have been. (Photographs)"
A sincere account of how Bates (The Pulitzer Prize, 1991), who's white, raised two adopted black daughters alongside two biological sons. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 19, 1993

"Consoling and poignant: a Catholic feminist moral inquiry that resists New Age simplifications and shares its message of deep faith with courage and dignity."
This is no ordinary book. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 19, 1993

"Nonetheless: an original contribution to the abortion debate, as well as a stimulating discussion of our contradictory feelings about the meaning of human life."
An eloquent attempt to clarify the abortion and euthanasia debates by seeking to articulate and analyze the unspoken assumptions underlying them. Read full book review >
ABOVE THE CLOUDS by Jonathan Bach
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 18, 1993

"Bach affectingly evokes the anguish of a fatherless childhood- -but less so the reconciliation, as he self-consciously glosses over behavior that, despite high-sounding talk, still seems inexcusable."
An abandoned son comes to terms with a famous father (Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull) in a memoir that mixes a moving account of a child's confused loyalties and sense of loss with a mÇlange of self-help truisms. Read full book review >
MEMORY FEVER by Ray Gonzalez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1993

"A Chicano memoir that should speak affectingly to young poets."
Poet, editor (The Guadalupe Review), anthologist (Mirrors Beneath the Earth, 1992) Gonzalez offers thoughtful, imagistic essays and vignettes about growing up in the desert Southwest and into his literary calling. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 14, 1993

"Despite some strong writing: a muddle that obscures the tragic life that should be, yet never quite is, at its center."
True crime, childhood memories, social criticism, and a personal quest for self-revelation jostle awkwardly in this occasionally impressive, but more often confusing, debut from Imbrie (English/Vassar). Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 14, 1993

Surveying 902 female graduates of Harvard's business, law, and medical schools over a ten-year period, Swiss (an independent consultant) and Walker (a consultant for child care at Harvard) conclude that few have it all—that even wealthy, educated, married women pay professional penalties for having families. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >