Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 625)

Released: April 30, 1992

"An invaluable update that leaves no doubt that the time to effect meaningful change has grown extremely short, but that nevertheless shuns gloom and doom to be boldly pragmatic about the future."
An impressive sequel to the controversial and influential Limits to Growth (1972) prepared by three of the authors of that environmental clarion call and based on worldwide data compiled during the past 20 years. Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 1992

"Some fun as strong folks speak from a moving ice floe of insecurities—but tedium too."
Stale Hollywood-biz gossip. Read full book review >

Released: April 27, 1992

"An informed and informative appreciation of an influential industry."
From a veteran pollster, a thoughtful overview of public- opinion research and of those who helped make it a sociopolitical force in the US. Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 1992

"Somewhat self-conscious and static in spots, but, still, an evocative book written in clean, often startlingly beautiful prose. (Illustrations.)"
A contemplative, ``overeducated'' writer turned small-time farmer tells of his adventures planting and harvesting garlic on a semi-arid plot of land in New Mexico. Read full book review >
Released: April 21, 1992

"Taitz's descriptions of her own children and her feelings for them, however, would play anywhere—they are touching, sincere, endearingly besotted in a way all mothers will recognize."
Taitz, a columnist for Child magazine, offers an uneven collection of short essays loosely linked by the theme of learning both to resist the hype that modern parents are bombarded with and to trust your own instincts in raising your children. Read full book review >

Released: April 20, 1992

In this soft-spoken memoir, Nearing (Simple Food for the Good Life, 1980, etc.), on her own since husband Scott's 1983 death, gives her version of their steadfast life together. Read full book review >
POWER AT PLAY by Michael A. Messner
Released: April 17, 1992

"An ideological document masquerading as a research study, focused solely on the downside of sports and ignoring its benefits."
Fuzzy, argot-driven tract on men and sport. Read full book review >
FANNY FERN by Joyce W. Warren
Released: April 15, 1992

"Fern's experiences, evoked here in lively and engaging prose, should provide inspiration for those who follow. (Twenty-one b&w illustrations.)"
Warren (English/Queens College) performs a true literary service here by re-creating the life of America's first female newspaper columnist—a witty, brave, and defiant writer whose life proves both inspirational and heartening even now. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 1992

"Few colorful anecdotes, but an impressive accumulation of evidence culled from the annals of recorded history: a sobering view of a planet deeply in peril. (Maps and charts.)"
A comprehensive assessment of humanity's assault on the environment across the centuries, by British historian Ponting (University College, Swansea). Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 1992

"Replete with anecdotal material, this offers few new insights but does lay out issues of development that only adoptees face over the course of life."
A rather thin volume that nevertheless will reassure adoptees that it is usual for questions about adoption and birth parents to persist throughout life. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 1992

"A singular voice, detailing rare and fascinating views of the early 20th-century South."
Unique stories of travels about the rural South, livestock trading, and persons famous and obscure. Read full book review >
HADLEY by Gioia Diliberto
Released: April 1, 1992

"Holds Hadley and Hemingway in a clean mirror full of Paris mornings. (Three eight-page photo inserts—not seen.)"
A life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife and a quite moving return to A Moveable Feast; by the author of 1987's well-received Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >