Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

THE NEANDERTALS by Erik Trinkaus
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Easily the best book on the subject. (Seventy-five illustrations—five seen.)"
Fine scientific history, as Neandertal specialist Trinkaus (Anthropology/Univ. of New Mexico) and educator Shipman (The Johns Hopkins Univ. Read full book review >
THE WORST OF TIMES by Patricia G. Miller
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Wade."
Being published on the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion: a heartrending compilation of personal tales of abortion prior to Roe v. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"Strong words in support of a woman's right to choose, as well as sharp criticism of government policies hampering the exercise of that right."
Cogent thoughts from a member of what appears to be a vanishing breed—physicians not only trained and willing to perform abortions but also willing to talk about it. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Imperative reading for all concerned with bias crimes and the temptation to fight arson with arson. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The full story of the KKK's bombing of Jewish targets in the late 60's, and of the effective but illegal measures taken by the FBI to stop the violence. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A sympathetic but cleareyed account of a little-known and even less understood society shaped by its desert and Islamic roots but increasingly vulnerable to change."
An unpretentious and heartwarming tale of friendship across a cultural divide. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Dry and overly general, but Cole picks up steam and passion as she goes along, and ends effectively with questions and suggestions aimed at encouraging the sister-reader to use her own mind to address issues raised and to explore her consciousness and her life."
Old-fashioned uplift with contemporary focus on race, gender, and class from the first female president of Spelman, the prestigious, historically black college for women. Read full book review >
MOTHER-INFANT BONDING by Diane E. Eyer
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Useful for doctors, nurses, and parents who question whether there's a biological need for humans to bond instantly with their offspring."
A lengthy polemic attacking the theory that mother and infant must ``bond'' within the hour of birth—or suffer the consequences. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Too long by far, but an engrossing, multilayered portrait—as well as a touching personal odyssey. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magisterial investigation of black America by a white reporter for The Washington Post; portions have appeared in Life magazine and the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"A detailed report that provides much-needed context to the Arab-Israeli debate."
Incisive, often wrenching history of the Palestinians, by Kimmerling (Sociology/Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) and Migdal (International Studies/Univ. of Washington). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 8, 1993

"An exemplar of vision and perseverance—and a darn good yarn. (Photos—not seen.)"
Engrossing tale of the unlikely alliance of a tenacious child-worker and a professional gambler that reformed the treatment of abused children in Mississippi. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"Still: a useful reminder of a not-so-distant past, as well as a—perhaps unintentional- -primer on the realities of fame and politics. (Photos—16 pp. b&w- -not seen.)"
From former Los Angeles Times editorial writer Mills (A Place in the News, 1988)—a biography more fulsome than definitive of civil-rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Olympia deserves better and, fortunately, she received it in Otto Friedrich's Olympia (p. 30), which captured her dignity and stature as an icon of her age."
In this confusing and self-serving study, Lipton (formerly, Art History/SUNY-Binghamton; Looking into Degas, 1986—not reviewed) claims to find in Victorine Meurent (Manet's favorite model, known as ``Olympia''): herself; a mother-figure; and a surrogate victim of the patriarchal community of artists and art historians. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >