Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"The Clinton name, though, may supply enough fuel to shoot this book into a wide readership and 15 minutes of fame. (First printing of 30,000)"
Captivating but flawed crime story attempting to link a crooked Arkansas sheriff, a shady prosecutor, and then-Governor Bill Clinton in a criminal conspiracy. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN by Esmeralda Santiago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Cleareyed, quietly powerful, and often lyrical: a story of true grit."
A beguiling record of a tremendous journey, epic in its own way, from childhood in a vibrant Puerto Rican barrio to triumph at Harvard, with a defining pause in a drab Brooklyn along the way. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Practical, caring, and strongly recommended."
Solid, research-based study of how to make the most out of life when faced with death. Read full book review >
THE 100 MILE CITY by Deyan Sudjic
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Sudjic is up on the issues, though, and his text could be useful for its sheer coverage, especially the international. (Photos throughout)"
Face it, the urban center cannot hold: This, in essence, is the message of British architecture-writer Sudjic's sweeping discussion of modern cities, especially those he deems the world's greatest: New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A disturbing report—and especially timely, with American bishops taking a higher profile to counteract abuse. (Photos—not seen)"
A hard-hitting investigation of what the authors term ``the greatest public relations fiasco the Catholic Church has faced in recent memory''—the recent explosion of pedophilia trials and lawsuits involving Catholic clergy. Read full book review >

EFRONIA by Stina Katchadourian
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A bittersweet story of a woman and her enormously gifted people, whose tragic history continues today. (Illustrations)"
A timely reminder of another not-so-distant ethnic cleansing, one that devastated the life of Efronia Katchadourian, subject of this affectionate memoir by her daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF VANESSA BELL by Regina Marler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The real pleasure here is in seeing Bell mature with the century, her fashionable attitudes replaced by authentic experience."
In this selection of 300-plus (from over 2500) surviving letters of Vanessa Bell (1879-1978), Marler adds a warm, modest, humane, and maternal tone to the raucous Bloomsbury chorus—to the ironies, cruelties, and wit of Virginia (Bell's sister) and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Ottoline Morrell, all of whom appear in these casual letters. Read full book review >
ANAIS by Noel Riley Fitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"No substitute for Nin on herself. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Fitch (Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, 1983) draws on Anaãs Nin's voluminous self-revelations (150 volumes of diaries, correspondence, and fiction) to produce what the publisher says is the first biography of the French writer—and what turns out to be a wary and defensive work, the very antithesis of Nin's free spirit. Read full book review >
MAGGIE by John Sanford
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1993

"A sometimes too personal story—occasionally, conversations obviously meaningful in context sound stiff and dated here—but heartfelt in its affection and gratitude. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A moving testimony to the endurance of love and the human spirit as veteran writer Sanford (View from this Wilderness; A More Goodly Country, etc.) celebrates his 50-year-plus marriage to the beloved late Maggie, screenwriter of the Oscar-winning True Grit. Read full book review >
21ST CENTURY CAPITALISM by Robert Heilbroner
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Perceptive analyses of a resilient economic regime whose sociopolitical accountability still leaves much to be desired."
Another elegant inquiry from Heilbroner (The Nature and Logic of Capitalism, 1985, etc.), this based on lectures he gave in Canada last autumn. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"A brilliant young contrarian voice, Ö la Mary McCarthy. (First serial to The New York Times Magazine)"
A gifted young Princeton University graduate student, daughter of novelist Anne Roiphe, defies current campus-based feminist assumptions, questioning the phenomena of date rape, hate speech, ``Take Back the Night'' marches, and the basis for the popularity of feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon (see above). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"There's a definite need for a serious and thorough history of country music, always a poor stepchild in musical scholarship, but this isn't it. (Photographs—192 b&w)"
Attractively produced but flawed history of women in country music from the turn of the century to today, by anthropologist/social-worker Bufwack and Nashville Tennessean music-reporter Oermann. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >