Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 1993

"Long on personal anecdote but short on substantive analysis, and gushing with feel-good fixes from a seemingly bottomless reservoir; still, a witty, well-meaning consideration of a serious social problem."
Atlanta psychiatrist Pittman (Private Lies, 1989) returns with an engaging, if not always convincing, assessment of the causes and cures of masculine inadequacy in America today. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >

NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
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 >