Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

BECOMING BROTHERS by Howard Waskow
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 1, 1993

"Despite enduring differences, the Waskows offer an appealing human drama in writing themselves back to fraternity."
Two brothers—one a family therapist (Howard), the other head of the Center for Jewish Renewal in Philadelphia and author of These Holy Sparks, 1983, etc. (Arthur)—come to terms with their past and present relationship. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"A frank, well-founded assessment not only of personalities but also of agendas and the dynamics of power in the top tier of black America at midcentury."
Scrupulously fair and intellectually astute, Janken's (African-American Studies/Univ. of North Carolina) portrait of a lesser-known member of the black scholarly elite in the mid-20th century provides a valuable look at the man, as well as at his milieu. Read full book review >

IN EXTREMIS by Deborah Baker
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 1, 1993

"She was, Baker says in this first full-length biography, offended by the moral ambiguity of Graves's The White Goddess—which she herself inspired. (Eight page of b&w photographs)"
In her long and eventful life, Laura Riding (1901-91) played, according to Baker (Making a Farm, 1981, etc.—not reviewed), the roles of goddess, witch, poet, editor, critic, mistress, collaborator, inspiration, demon, and recluse. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 30, 1993

"Repetitious and sometimes academic-sounding, but still useful information about a new generation of gays who are coming out in the daylight and not in a closet or a dark and dangerous bar."
A sure-to-be controversial volume on inducting self-professed homosexual teenagers into the gay and lesbian culture of the 1990's. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 30, 1993

"How a happy hippie blew it on blow—finely researched, told with pizzazz. (Illustrations)"
The up-your-nose, in-your-face life of George Jung, the high-school football star from small-town USA who became the American linchpin of the Colombian cocaine connection. Read full book review >

DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP by Allan Bloom
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 22, 1993

"Good in parts, but lacking a whole."
Rambling prognostications on modern manners from the late Chicago curmudgeon whose previous salvos (Giants and Dwarfs, 1990; The Closing of the American Mind, 1987) left nearly every academic dean in the country reaching for his or her revolver. ``This book,'' begins Bloom, ``is an attempt to recover the power, the danger, and the beauty of eros under the tutelage of its proper teachers and knowers, the poets.'' So far, so good. Read full book review >
A SPECIAL AGENT by Frank Buttino
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 22, 1993

"An important story—but a lackluster treatment that will engage only the most resolute of readers. (Photographs—not seen)"
A jumbled account of how Frank Buttino, a 20-year FBI special agent, is fired—and fights back—when the Bureau receives an anonymous letter accusing him of being gay. Read full book review >
FATHERHOOD IN AMERICA by Robert L. Griswold
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 20, 1993

"Provocative, informed, wide-ranging, and full of specific detail without being academic. (Illustrations—not seen)"
Griswold (American History/University of Oklahoma; Family and Divorce in California, 1850-1890, 1983—not reviewed) surveys how, since 1800, fatherhood in America has been shaped by economic necessity, political opportunity, social expectations, and, recently, by the personal needs of fathers themselves. Read full book review >
COMMAGER ON TOCQUEVILLE by Henry Steele Commager
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 15, 1993

"Often lugubrious and polemical but consistently wise, sobering, and profound."
In an eloquent and insightful search for portents and counsel for modern America, the distinguished historian (Emeritus/Amherst; Empire of Reason, 1977, etc.) revisits the classic Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59). Read full book review >
IN MY OWN SWEET TIME by Blanche Cooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"A striking record of unwavering commitment, told without gloss or sentimentality—and, like the best autobiographies, with all the shading and narrative drive of a good novel."
A beguilingly candid love story of the two radicals—the author and her husband, Jim—who founded the Phoenix, the quarterly that first published Henry Miller in the US. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR THE KLONDIKE STONE by Elizabeth Arthur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Like the author's camp memories, better savored than wolfed down: a splendid evocation of wisdom acquired in a demi-Eden by a writer of great grace and sensitivity."
A loving celebration of those special refuges of childhood that are forever the measure of happiness for those fortunate enough to have known them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >