Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 1993

"Smartly written and compelling."
Superbly well-balanced and thoughtful reconstruction of a family life in the Anchorage underworld; based on Rich's series of articles that appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. ``Family life'' may be too loose a phrase to bind the fragments of existence excavated by Rich while digging up the bones of her murdered father and mad mother. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 22, 1993

"This is a book that drives at its point so narrowly as to cut it off from a wider reality."
In a vivid, pointed, disturbing analysis, Magnet (Senior Fellow/Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; editorial board/Fortune magazine) attributes current economic problems to the cultural revolution of the 60's, to the social policies devised by the ``Haves'' (rich, liberal, professional) for the ``Have-nots'' (poor, black, underclass). Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 18, 1993

"For the woman who wasn't born yesterday and won't stop thinking about tomorrow's lover, these lubricated sentiments can offer humorous support—but for many, Brown's lifelong pursuit of happiness will seem no more uplifting than flimsy lingerie."
Thirty years after her Sex and the Single Girl assured women that acting smart and feeling sexy aren't incompatible, Brown (Having It All, 1982, etc.) returns to explain how aging also fits right into the formula. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1993

"Not much new, but smartly joined together. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
With a rich idea satisfyingly carried out, novelist/biographer Feinstein (All You Need, 1990, etc.) focuses on the erotic life of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 17, 1993

"John Stalker controversy). (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A massive, often turgid history that shows how talks without resolution and the shadow of the gunman have become fixtures in Northern Ireland during the past 25 years. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 17, 1993

"A thought-provoking study, bringing together many social, biological, and political theories into a well-reasoned volume."
A stimulating and tightly argued treatise on how American and Western culture defines gender and uses that definition to make the ``equality of women'' an oxymoron. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 9, 1993

"Diffuse and disappointing, as Browning overburdens his evidence with an unproven, perhaps unprovable, thesis."
A scattershot study that seeks to discern an American ``gay culture.'' By investigating such phenomena as the gay community's reactions to the AIDS epidemic, radical gay-rights organizations, changing sexual practices, and homosexuals' burgeoning economic clout, former NPR reporter Browning (coauthor, The American Way of Crime, 1980) attempts to discover whether or not a gay culture exists in today's America. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 8, 1993

Brunvand's fifth collection/analysis of ``urban legends'' (Curses! Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 8, 1993

"Essential reading. (Drawings—not seen.)"
An anecdotal, wry, clever—and deeply disturbing—critique of the way Americans use and abuse time. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 5, 1993

"A serious effort that commands attention when the poor speak for themselves but that loses its power when the professor lectures."
What life is like for single mothers and their children living in poverty in America today—and why it need not be that way. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Many of the contributors are right or left of center but none are so conservative as to suggest that America is now colorblind."
Ninety years after W.E.B. DuBois posited the ``double- consciousness'' of African-Americans (``always measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity'' in a constant experience of ``twoness—an American, a Negro...two unreconciled strivings''), 18 African-American intellectuals offer thoughtful responses. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1993

"An important and comprehensive reference for those involved in both gender battles and the fight for comprehensive child care."
A forceful overview of how what's perceived as good for the child changes as the culture and public-policy change—currently, Berry says, to the detriment of women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >