Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A striking, stubbornly idiosyncratic chronicle of a defiantly different life—and a memorable and often spellbinding book debut."
An intense, quirky, and feverishly absorbing account of Leo's journey from urban conformity to a wilderness homestead in Alaska. Read full book review >
HOMETOWNS by John Preston
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Nostalgia and dissociation are the main themes in this not-so- diverse collection of essays by gay men who either had to leave their old communities or have adopted new ones. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Here, dispensing limited but useful advice, Stern (Expecting Change; The Indispensable Woman—neither reviewed) focuses on the grievances of married women against their husbands, finding the sources of the complaints in false expectations, inappropriate attitudes, and failed communication. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A highly responsible and eye-opening work—and an excellent complement to Susan Faludi's Backlash (reviewed above)."
A startling view of the younger generation's attitude toward feminism, in which the older feminist generation is roundly criticized and a new style of exploration emerges. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Will appeal primarily to men already involved in the men's movement and secondarily to women who want to understand them."
Further exploration of the new masculinity, this time by men's workshop leader Lee. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"It will cause angry, but perhaps fruitful, debate."
Kozol again turns a floodlight on a dark corner of the nation's soul, the classrooms of the minority poor. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 1991

"Informed by court records and extensive personal interviews, a welcome contribution to the growing literature on child abuse."
From an attorney who specializes in defending children who kill parents, case studies that show how years of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse—sometimes all three—always provide the motive for these crimes. Read full book review >
PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK by Melissa Fay Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1991

"Perhaps too discursive for some, with scenes of evocation before and after every piece of action; still, a beautifully written and absolutely authentic picture of the rural South."
In 1971, McIntosh County, N.C., was a tiny hamlet of 1800 souls—half of them black—that the civil-rights movement, played out in cities, had passed by: a hard-scrabble setting for Greene's powerful book debut. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A dazzling exposition, intellectually demanding but lightened by lively prose, that goes far to establish Young as the Joseph Campbell of the Nineties. (Line drawings—not seen.)"
Audacious anthropological speculation by Young (Literature/Univ. of Essex, England), who traces humanity's spiritual practices back to the ancients and beyond in an attempt to ``heal the rift that opened in the Western soul some 400 years ago when science and religion went their separate ways.'' Decrying today's scientism, or ``science as religion,'' Young calls for a return to ``foundations''—the mythological roots of our understanding of the universe. Read full book review >
A SPECIAL KIND OF HERO by Chris Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The story of how ordinary people met extraordinary demands and how a special child became an unexpected success, marred in the telling by repetition and overattention to trivia. (Twenty- five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Awkwardly told tale of how one family raised a Down's syndrome child to achieve far beyond expectations. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Withal, a fine, provocative and absorbing account of what makes humans human."
``The modern era, if it can be reduced to any single dimension, is especially characterized by its obsession with symbols and their management.'' So says Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ontario), echoing the philosopher Ernst Cassirer a generation ago—with a difference. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Eight gay figures carve a niche in the American dream in this collection of engaging but often overzealous biographies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >