Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"We don't find out here, but we may be inspired to expand our own little business in homage."
In case the title fails to warn you, this is a somewhat unfocused inspirational corporate history by the entrepreneurial cult heroine who founded the wildly remunerative ``environmentally conscious'' cosmetics company called The Body Shop. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Slick repackaging of standard advice."
Psychotherapists Barbach (For Each Other, 1982, etc.) and Geisinger team up here to write in praise of monogamy—ever-more appealing as the sexual revolution turns nasty. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Unconvincing infotainment. (Sixteen pages of photographsnot seen.)"
More B-movie journalism from the prolific Thomas (Journey into Madness, Desire and Denial, etc.), who turns a potentially important story on the Chinese democracy movement into serial melodrama. Read full book review >
IN THE REALM OF A DYING EMPEROR by Norma Field
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

A provocative, multileveled ``meditation'' on Emperor Hirohito's 1989 death, raising dark questions about Japan's war guilt in the context of its triumphant prosperity today. Read full book review >
AMERICAN MYTHOLOGIES by Marshall Blonsky
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Now that the car is no longer the center of our technology, ``What is the new order in the making?'' In the style of Roland Barthes, Blonsky (Semiotics/New School for Social Research) sets out ``to decode a series of American myths,'' and the contents of his interviews with assorted celebrities and thinkers are at once astute and entertaining. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Impassioned and eloquent, jazz historian Collier (Duke Ellington, 1987; Louis Armstrong: An American Genius, 1983, etc.) here turns a critical eye to the history of self-interest among Americans and its phenomenal growth in recent times. Read full book review >
LOVE, SEX, DEATH, AND THE MAKING OF THE MALE by Rosalind Miles
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Engaging and fun to read, but for a more subtle study, see Myraim Miedzian's Boys Will Be Boys (p. 587)."
The lurid title suits this swift, wry, anecdotal survey of the pitiful confusion that Miles (The Women's History of the World, 1989; Women and Power, 1986) finds in the lives of adult men: Acculturated largely by women to identify with their penises (which makes them prone to violence), they are, she says, ``dislocated'' by the women's movement, frustrated, angry, and even more violent than historically they have been known to be. Read full book review >
AMERICA AT CENTURY'S END by Alan Wolfe
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Topical, contemporary, anecdotal, and of general appeal, but flawed by its lack of historical context, by its failure to relate properly the past 40 years of change to precedents and movements of earlier times."
Twenty-two clear, winning, and original essays by an eclectic group of distinguished sociologists who provide an ``evaluative portrait,'' limited but provocative, of selected areas of American life in the closing decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Elegant, illuminating, and of significant interest in this decade of need and limits."
Why do Americans collectively devote 20 billion hours of their time each year to helping others? Read full book review >
BAD by Paul Fussell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Domestic—and invaluable—Fussell."
From Fussell, a great crying out at just about everything that's awful about today's America. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Excellent and unusual."
Steering clear of propaganda, Gorkin (Border Kibbutz, 1971), an American psychologist living in Jerusalem, presents a refreshingly balanced portrait of a Palestinian family in Israel. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"In tight, lean prose, Hofvendahl writes evocatively of courage, hope, and the essential decency of ordinary people: in all, a gritty picture of desperate Depression days when uncounted thousands left home to seek a more hopeful life somewhere beyond the horizon."
Absorbing sequel to Hofvendahl's Hard on the Wind (1983), which detailed the author's sea-faring adventures at age 15. 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 >