Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

A SCIENTIST IN THE CITY by James Trefil
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 1994

"Laypeople's science from one of the best in the business."
Popular science author Trefil (Reading the Mind of God, 1989, etc.) turns to those technology-driven forces—more important, in his view, than social, political, and economic ones—that affect how cities grow and die. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"A thoughtful analysis of an extraordinarily complex problem, as well as a concise summary of feminist thought over the past four decades: of appeal to anyone interested in understanding the feminist revolution."
A subtle and sensitive exploration of why professional women continue to fail at achieving equality with men in the workplace: a follow-up to Apter's Why Women Don't Have Wives (1985). Read full book review >

LEAVING HOME by Art Buchwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"The rest of the story can't come soon enough. (First serial to Parade)"
Humorist Buchwald turns serious, albeit not wholly so, in this affecting memoir of his painful youth and early manhood. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 1994

"The common thread binding these chapters may be tenuous, but Weatherford is a hugely entertaining, well-traveled writer—one who makes a strong case for a hands-off, learn-from-them approach toward these last ancient ways of life."
A gallimaufry of cultural arcana from indefatigable anthropologist Weatherford (Native Roots, 1991; Indian Givers, 1988). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A comprehensive and commanding profile that's bidding fair to become the standard reference. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations)"
The second installment of Skidelsky's three-volume biography of the 20th century's most influential and controversial economist. Read full book review >

JOSEPHINE by Jean-Claude Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"No whitewash but sympathetic and gripping indeed. (Photos—32 pp.—not seen)"
Latest and perhaps best of several recent bios of Josephine Baker (e.g., Phyllis Rose's Jazz Cleopatra, 1989)—this one by the performer's semiadopted/fully discarded son (owner of a Manhattan restaurant named Chez Josephine) and Chase (The Great American Waistline, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by Joan D. Hedrick
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A splendid, balanced representation of an author in her many roles, and of the way she changed her world."
In this definitive biography, Hedrick (History/Trinity; Solitary Comrade, 1982) applies a feminine perspective to the fascinating life and tumultuous times of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96), author of what's arguably the most influential novel in history and someone who only 50 years ago was described as "A Crusader in Crinoline'' (by Robert F. Wilson in the last full-length Stowe bio, published in 1941). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"More a monograph than a fully realized history but, still, a well-documented revisionist rebuke to those who would isolate Nazism as a unique phenomenon."
Narrowly focused yet chillingly effective indictment of the American scientists and social theorists who inspired and applauded Nazi racist ideology. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Akin to literary terrorism; those interested in a reasoned critique of the animal-rights movement should look at Vicki Hearne's Animal Happiness (reviewed above)."
An intemperate and ill-considered attack on the animal-rights movement by a founder of Putting People First, ``a national nonprofit organization that promotes human rights, animal welfare, and conservation.'' Marquardt's quarrel with animal-rightists began reasonably enough when, in 1990, her daughter was told by an animal-rights advocate that ``all hunters are murderers'' (`` `Mommy, she said you're a murderer,' cried my daughter Montana'')—a shock that prompted the author to launch PPF. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Individually, the pieces are touching—but repetition robs them of much of their impact."
Inspirational speeches—along with autobiographical material—given from May 1992 through June 1993 by Fisher, former White House staffer in the Ford Administration, AIDS activist, and founder of the Family AIDS Network. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A partially successful exploration of the stereotypical images and overriding themes through which many women live their lives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Such diamonds—though in fairly rough settings—make a passable sparkler for oral history and immigration buffs."
A tapestry of firsthand testimony detailing the 19th and early-20th centuries' great wave of European immigration to the US- -dimmed, but not dulled, by merely serviceable commentary and an oddly self-limiting selection. 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 >