Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Mordecai Richler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A provocative and highly readable exploration of Israel in the mind of a Jew who has chosen not to live there, of interest primarily to other Jews aware that they have made the same decision."
In parts memoir, travelogue, political treatise, and extended essay on the tangled question of what it means to be a Jew living outside of Israel. Read full book review >
BOSNIA by Noel Malcolm
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A very serviceable introduction to a complicated history."
A useful and brief, but comprehensive, history of Bosnia from earliest times to the brutal present. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"The arguments get complicated, but this is challenging history—and a goad to clarify modern-day rhetoric."
A scholarly but resonant analysis of ``the cultural meanings of the welfare system,'' probing the mistaken assumptions behind fundamental policies forged during the 1930s. Read full book review >
PROZAC NATION by Elizabeth Wurtzel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"This most certainly is not an examination of a generation's collective psyche. (First serial to Vogue, Esquire, and Mouth2Mouth)"
A memoir of a depressed, heavily medicated young woman who identifies with Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and other tragic figures—and fantasizes about being profiled as a tragic suicide in New York magazine. Read full book review >
AMAN by Aman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Nonetheless, a unique and rich account of life in a fascinating and troubled land."
A lyrical first-hand account of a complex and charismatic modern-day African heroine. ``Aman'' (a pseudonym meaning ``trustworthy'' in Arabic) is a gifted narrator who recounted her tumultuous life first to anthropologist Barnes, who died in 1990 before the project was completed, and then to Barnes's designated successor, Boddy (Cultural Anthropology/Univ. of Toronto). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

Though dry, a cogent and insistent brief for restricting immigration, from an environmental perspective. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1994

"A sophisticated, tough-minded examination of the newest fault line in late 20th century American culture. (Author tour)"
From New York Times reporter Bernstein (Fragile Glory, 1990), a stinging attack on multiculturalism, a ``messianic political program...[that] does not take kindly to true difference.'' Just as the egalitarian ideals of the French Revolution fell into a dÇrapage (slide) that led to the Reign of Terror, Bernstein avers, so the civil-rights revolution has lurched into a leftist intolerance that is contradictory to its professed pluralistic ideals. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"A rich assemblage of Jewish history, but with the disconcerting organization of a patchwork quilt. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
A compendium of elegy, emotive description, and thorough research capturing past and present Jewish life in East-Central Europe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Colin Powell, Texas govenor Ann Richards, or any of 15 other 'candidates."
Imagine this: The American People (whoever they are) require the assistance and good will of a couple of advertising honchos to tell them how to take back the government. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"No juicy war stories here: just the author's Supreme Court brief annotated and enlarged for the general reader."
An honorable but flat how-I-won-that-case account, by Minnesota defender Cleary. Read full book review >
THE POWER AND PASSION OF M. CAREY THOMAS by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"At times burdened by its unrelenting attention to detail, Horowitz's account personalizes a courageous woman and provides the historical context to balance her complex and contradictory life choices. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen)"
A lengthy biography of educator M. Carey Thomas (18571935). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The authors may not always be quite as skeptical of statistics as one would like, but this is a hard-headed, clear analysis filled with anecdote and vivid reportage."
A vivid and thoughtful portrait of China by a Pulitzer Prize- winning husband-and-wife team of New York Times correspondents formerly in Beijing. 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 >