Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Though this collection suffers from a dense academic style and does not significantly build on Chodorow's previous work, it nonetheless provides a provocative reminder that these are complex issues and that humans, with their capacity for individual variation, are complicated subjects."
Feminist theorist Chodorow conducts a complex, uneven, though occasionally intriguing investigation of some of the more controversial aspects of Freud's (and others', from Klein to Lacan) work on sex, gender, and psychoanalysis. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"More such analysis of larger issues would have been welcome, but the book's strength is in the details."
A historian who taught for 12 years in Mississippi presents a thorough and sensitive study of the struggle for civil rights in what was at the time the nation's most racially repressive state. Read full book review >

DAUGHTERS by Gerald Early
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Interesting but rarely illuminating."
Early's mushy, self-conscious essays recounting discussions with his daughters, poems to them, and diary excerpts have the appeal of a stranger's family album. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Langdon's narrative voice sometimes could be smoother as he cobbles together previous writings with new material, but this is a vital contribution to a too-often neglected issue. (104 illustrations, not seen)"
A would-be Jane Jacobs of the suburbs offers some savvy analysis and worthy advice. ``The suburbs we build are fostering an unhealthy way of life,'' declares Langdon (Urban Excellence, not reviewed), as he expands on his Atlantic Monthly articles on the topic, citing examples from around the country as well as his home community in New Haven, Conn. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF VICTORIAN SEXUALITY by Michael Mason
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Hard to imagine why anyone would prefer this volume to Gay's, or even read it afterward."
Of the many books since the 1960s that claim to overturn the clichÇ of Victorian prudery, this is surely the least interesting, persuasive, and readable. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"A mix of the personal and the political with the occasional misstep."
Although novelist, memoirist, and poet Monette (Becoming a Man, 1992, etc.) is sometimes vituperative, his language is always sharp in these essays. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"But her emphasis on journalism, especially women journalists as agents for change, however single- and perhaps simple-minded, is at least tangible and certainly thought- provoking."
To her exploration of violence and sexuality in masculine sports, Nelson (Are We Winning Yet?, 1991) brings formidable journalistic skills, a sharp anecdotal style, and incisive logic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"General readers will certainly be challenged, but this is not a law book for lawyers only."
Rigorous study of the constitutional right to choose reproductive technology, by law professor/legal bioethicist Robertson (Univ. of Texas, Austin). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Though Walzer could show himself more aware of some issues, especially gender and race, this is a well-argued, if not always energetic, set of carefully wrought ideas on the state of public moral debate."
Walzer (The Company of Critics, 1988, etc.) thoughtfully answers objections to his many influential volumes of social criticism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"As fundamentalism grows in the Middle East and more women return to the veil, the repressive lifestyle Mernissi depicts may not be just a sad relic of the past but an ominous sign of the future."
Prominent Middle Eastern scholar Mernissi's (Beyond the Veil, not reviewed) childhood memoir should be titled ``The Making of a Muslim Feminist.'' Readers expecting a narrative about a sultan's harem where voluptuous Venuses loll in silk-draped palaces will be disappointed; Mernissi's subject is the domestic harem of her extended family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

This synthesis of history and biography offers a cautionary corrective to less than candid Black Panther accounts like Elaine Brown's A Taste of Power and David Hilliard's This Side of Glory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"All in all, a thoughtful, patiently assembled book that probes carefully and with moral toughness into precisely those painful truths."
As in God's Dust (1989), Buruma takes a psychological and cultural voyage into nationalism, guilt, and self-delusion — in this case, of two of WW II's defeated Axis powers. 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 >