Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

In an alternately provocative and cranky jeremiad on the decline of individual responsibility, Sykes (The Hollow Men, 1990) sounds like a latter-day Walt Whitman—except that he hears America whining, not singing. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"A worthwhile warning that attempts to hit too many targets, reducing its impact."
Disease-mongering—convincing the healthy that they are sick or the slightly ill that they are very sick—is big business, says Payer (How to Avoid a Hysterectomy, 1987). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

More good-natured memoirs from the king of chat. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Still, despite his lackluster writing, Bell offers insight into the rage, frustration, and yearning of being black in America."
Here, as he did in And We Are Not Saved, Harvard Law School professor Bell offers dramatized accounts of the dilemma of race relations in America. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Initiates will welcome this follow-up work despite the often sluggish prose, and even newcomers will be able to follow the score. (Fifty b&w photos and eight pages of color photos—not seen.)"
Urging men to ``Be Glorious!'' in harnessing the potential of the ``Warrior within,'' this follows fast on the heels of the authors' The King Within (p. 165) and further establishes their place in men's-movement literature. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Weddington preaches to the converted, and inadequately addresses legal objections to Roe, but she gives valuable, passionate insights into the significance of that historic case."
The lawyer who argued Roe v. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Worth paging past the trivial, then, to absorb a chilling and enraging portrait of women's absolute powerlessness in Saudi society. (Fifteen b&w photos, maps—not seen.)"
Sasson (The Rape of Kuwait, 1991—not reviewed) brings us ``Sultana,'' a pseudonymous member of the Saudi royal family whose memoir documents the suffocating sexism that pervades Saudi life. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"As this troubling conclusion indicates, his is a brilliant effort, bubbling with ideas and showing unusual sympathy for outmoded points of view. (Thirty b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
How ``the common sense of one era becomes the superstition of another,'' by Aveni, astronomer-anthropologist at Cornell and author of Empires of Time (1989). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"Resourceful, lucid, sweeping—a true and refining pleasure. (Photos—130—not seen.)"
A historical survey of the idea of gentility as expressed in architecture, furnishings, fashions, manners, and taste from about 1690-1850. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"Given a tolerance for lists and comfort with an approach that precludes subtlety, readers with histories of unhappy relationships may gain insight from this solid, well-organized advice."
The bestselling author of Secrets of Men Every Woman Should Know (1990) and How to Make Love All the Time (1987) now dissects bad love choices. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 7, 1992

"A revealing peek at a Gotham that exceeded our own in anything-goes sexual license and urban misery. (B&w photographs— not seen.)"
An original, impressively researched, and intriguing urban history—winner of the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians—that explores the intersection of sex and the market in the Big Apple of the 19th century. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Good feelings galore, but next time, hold those maxims."
A Conservative rabbi (The Healer of Shattered Hearts, 1990) ponders the ways by which words link God and humans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >