Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"A startling look, then, at a country quite different from, and hauntingly similar to, the US. (Forty photographs—not seen.)"
A desanitized view of Australia from a veteran Australian journalist, ranging from its founding as a penal colony in 1788 to the machinations of the ``Old Mates,'' the powerful ``dullards'' who threaten the nation's hard-won status as a working-class society of equals. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Still, victims of sexual assault may find inspiration in Ross's example."
Part true-life drama, part police procedural, this memoir of a blind woman fighting to bring her rapist to justice succeeds as neither one nor the other. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

News accounts of the last few years have depicted the evolution of the man in the gray flannel suit into the 80-hour-per- week yuppie, and of Superwoman into a bundle of frayed nerves who finds she really can't have it all. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"Nevertheless, he makes an intriguing case for an Altaic paradise. (Sixteen illustrations—not seen.)"
A lively, scholarly detective story in which Ashe (The Discovery of King Arthur, 1985, etc.) turns his inquisitive eye on the possible truth of a prehistoric Golden Age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Not quite the grand meditation it sets out to be, but as a portrait of young and old generations finding a way to make the land work in difficult times, this is lovely stuff."
Yuppie angst in a Virginia orchard, with strands of Thoreau, Quaker sternness, and unabashed capitalism. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"And his central argument certainly is au courant—it's the same one used by Daniel Quinn in his Turner Tomorrow Award-winning novel, Ishmael (p. 1308)."
Lawlor, whose professed credentials include ``many years studying the thought forms of ancient civilizations,'' six years of living in grass huts in South India, and some time spent talking with Australian Aborigines and studying their culture, presents a remarkably comprehensive and fascinating account of the Aboriginal world view and its potential usefulness in imagining future directions for our own faltering culture. Read full book review >
TIME DOLLARS by Edgar Cahn
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A potentially life-changing book, then, with an exciting promise well worth checking out."
``A retired secretary types poetry written by a neighbor with multiple sclerosis, and the neighbor repays her by reading the newspaper to the secretary's blind daughter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Subjects who deserve at least style, if not substance, get neither in this superficial chronicle. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The story of the glittering trio who exemplified glamour (and shrewd matchmaking) to a captivated public gets a curiously lifeless treatment from biographer Grafton (Red, Hot, and Rich, 1987). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A solidly researched, nonconfrontational analysis that presents the facts and holds up solutions as a challenge to our democratic society."
A sweeping overview of the institutions, programs, and social trends that affect how America's children grow up. Read full book review >
TAKING BACK MY LIFE by Nancy Ziegenmeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Skip Eileen Ross's Savage Shadows (p. 1458) and look to this for insight into a rape victim's experience and the way she courageously used it to raise consciousness about this form of violence. (Film rights sold to CBS-TV.)"
A rape victim's compelling story is combined here with a provocative examination of the issues raised by the crime from the perspectives of the victim, her husband, the counselor who treated her at a rape crisis center, the prosecutor and defense attorney in the case, and the newspaper editor who brought the story to national prominence. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 18, 1991

"Leder has raised an interesting issue, but fails to explore it with true originality or rigor."
A brother's suicide started Leder (Dead Serious, YA, 1987) pondering the role siblings play in defining one another's lives, but an apparent dearth of scientific research and the author's own lack of expertise have left her with few insights and fewer facts to offer. Read full book review >
PORN by Robert J. Stoller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 18, 1991

"Graphic, candid, and bleak, but energized by the nervous vitality of those who work on the wild side, and deeply informative—an honorable capstone to Stoller's career."
For a multimillion-dollar entertainment industry, film porn has elicited precious few books telling its inside story—and those mostly by backbiting porn stars (Linda Lovelace's Ordeal, 1980; Jerry Butler's Raw Talent, 1989—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >