Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 623)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

What better event than a newspaper strike to show the gulf between the assumptions of the American labor movement and the realities of the information economy? Read full book review >
SAME-SEX UNIONS IN PREMODERN EUROPE by John Boswell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Well worth the attention of anyone with a serious interest in the social and spiritual history of love and marriage."
Boswell (History/Yale; Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, not reviewed) convincingly establishes that, from ancient times to the 18th century, throughout Christian Europe, same-sex union rituals honored a form of ``gay marriage.'' Working from church manuscripts, mainly in ancient Greek, that describe the ceremonies, Boswell carefully traces the historical context in which these practices occurred, exploring premodern beliefs about love and marriage, both gay and heterosexual. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"Even without the footnotes, the narration is probably too dense to sustain the interest of the general reader."
An account, based on interviews conducted by ethnographer Caillet, of the life of a Japanese businesswoman who overcame severe cultural barriers to become a great ``master of beauty.'' Yamazaki Inkue was born into a rich family in the rural town of Asaka, where every stream, rock, and cave was said to be inhabited by some spirit or demon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"With access to previously unattainable archives in Moscow and using extensive interviews and written material, Carroll tells a magnificent tale of hope, idealism, heroism, honor, death, and betrayal."
Tapping new sources for the first time, this must surely be considered the definitive work on Americans who fought and died for the Spanish Republic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

This collection is all over the place—as any honest anthology claiming to represent feminism must be. Read full book review >

PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS by Jean Sasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"In spite of the breathless tone, a fascinating look at the lifestyles of the rich and Saudi. (Author tour)"
Sasson (Princess, 1992) again teams up with a Saudi Arabian princess, alias ``Sultana,'' to bring us more tales from behind the veil. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"EWSLUGAN Wilson's Tolstoy isn't challenged here by Shirer; it remains the best portrait of the man and the work and the marriage, the troika without any one part of which nothing seems to really move forward."
Given the Tolstoys' voluminous, unsparing, often shared, and ultimately rather deranged diaries, writing about this prizefight of a union is not much harder than simply showing up at ringside. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1994

"Still, a solid account of one woman's remarkable physical and moral endurance."
Ross (Journalism/Northwestern; Escape to Shanghai, not reviewed) tells the story of Wen Zangde (1900-88), whose extraordinary life mirrored the vicissitudes of 20th-century Chinese history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 29, 1994

"A valuable contribution to family studies, this is also a sensible and creative survival manual for parents of adolescents as well as mental health professionals who counsel families."
A soundly researched and lucidly written survey of the daily emotional experience of mothers, fathers, and adolescents in 55 European-American working- and middle-class families. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 22, 1994

"A less than extraordinary exploration of a woman who still puts everyone else's needs before her own, offering little hope of genuine fulfillment for her generation."
Cheever (Elizabeth Cole, 1989) tried to use her own life as fodder for previous books; this time around she uses somebody else's. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1994

"Norton's often humorless style of reporting less visceral events is likely to have readers looking elsewhere in boredom, rather than looking away in horror."
Readers will sentence investigative journalist Norton's (Perfect Victim, not reviewed) dull true-crime tale to life on the shelf, without parole. Read full book review >
ROOMMATES by Max Apple
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1994

"Disney will be releasing it as a movie (starring Peter Falk as Rocky)."
One grumpy old man and his grandson—rated N for nostalgic and, finally, T for tragic. 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 >