Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

ONLY WORDS by Catharine A. MacKinnon
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Although MacKinnon's passionate conviction sometimes causes her ideas to elide and her logic to blur, the ideas are original and gripping, her references are wide-ranging, her legal logic is provocative—and her latest is must reading for anyone interested in either fairness or free speech."
Three passionate, intellectually fascinating essays, each arguing an aspect of the case that sexual words and pictures may by their nature be bannable, even though they may also be Constitutionally protected speech—by University of Michigan law professor and noted feminist legal scholar MacKinnon (Feminism Unmodified, 1987, etc). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A dense, credible, scholarly portrait of a missing piece of Jewish history. (Photographs)"
Fastidiously researched explanation for the emergence of Jewish women as radicals. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A revealing and timely, if partisan, description of the strategies that gay men assume in order to function among heterosexuals in corporate life. Read full book review >
THE LIVES OF BERYL MARKHAM by Errol Trzebinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"Another cult figure bites the dust. (Photos)"
A biography that reluctantly digs the dirt—and there's an awful lot of it—on famed Kenyan-born aviatrix Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly the Atlantic and once the presumed author of the bestselling West with the Night. Read full book review >
RALPH BUNCHE by Brian Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"But be that as it may, Urquhart's scrupulously documented, wide-angle narrative bids fair to become a standard reference on the man. (Photographs—not seen)"
The first full-dress biography of Bunche—and one that brings to life the many achievements of a remarkable diplomat. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A decidedly challenging book."
The thesis of this most interesting book by a Cambridge University psychologist (Richards) and a sociologist (Reibstein) is that the institution of modern marriage is ``inherently unstable'' because it's based on a set of impossible ideals. Read full book review >
WARRIORS IN EDEN by Mariano Gagnon
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A moderately gripping story of a modern-day hero, despite the warts. (Photos)"
A Franciscan missionary battles drug-runners and Shining Path terrorists on behalf of Peruvian Indians: a story competently told with the help of the Hoffers, specialists in coauthoring tales of Third World trauma (Midnight Express, Not Without My Daughter). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"If the role of literature, as Burgess says, is to challenge the commonplace uses of words—to use language inventively and to exploit it aesthetically—then this remarkable book is a rare contribution to the literature of language: a love affair explained and shared."
Burgess has demonstrated his passion for language in his fiction, his essays and reviews, and his multivolumed autobiography (You've Had Your Time, 1991, etc.)—but now, at age 76, he explains it, sharing in this personable yet encyclopedic survey his intimate and extensive knowledge of the "miracle" of it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"A memorable portrait, by a natural storyteller and scholar, of a wonderfully eloquent and expressive people on the cusp of change."
From Irish-American writer Mahoney (The Early Arrival of Dreams, 1990): a remarkably perceptive and engaging account of contemporary Irish women. Read full book review >
ENCORE by May Sarton
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 1993

"Sarton's energy and focus are inspiring—but readers looking for analysis or fresh literary gossip won't find them here. (Photographs—not seen)"
As Gloria Steinem might say, this is what 80 looks like: a pale paean to flowers, food, and friends. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 1993

"More interesting for its sampling of viewpoints than for its conclusions as an attempted forecast of the American future."
The group of Americans sometimes known as the ``Brady Bunch generation'' comes of age—to find that the real world little resembles the idealized version shown on TV. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"But as a veteran of confrontational TV (Oprah, Donahue, etc.) and other media, he must know that this work will cause far more dissension than dialogue—and that its very provocativeness may well make it the hottest men's book since Iron John. (Illustrations)"
The War Between the Sexes escalates considerably with this broadside attack in which men's-movement leader Farrell (Why Men Are the Way They Are, 1986, etc.) contends that the more subjugated sex is...the male. 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 >