Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 29, 1993

"A thoughtful, well-documented addition to the often high- pitched debates on this emotional subject."
A persuasive argument for giving the severely ill, and those facing a lingering death, options about levels of care, as well as the right to a dignified death. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 29, 1993

"Wonderfully authentic: an admirably lighthearted supplement to W.J. Cash's classic The Mind of the South. (Maps.)"
Where exactly is the South? Read full book review >

THE FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE by Barbara Goulter
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 24, 1993

"The authors push all the right buttons, but the concepts aren't really new nor the insights very fresh."
Coming to terms with dysfunctional father-daughter relationships. Read full book review >
ONE BOY AT WAR by Paul A. Sergios
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 24, 1993

"Impressive and meticulously documented: an essential chronicle for all who would understand the bitter reality of AIDS in America today."
An insider's detailed view of the desperate measures taken by those suffering from AIDS to find an effective treatment; by ex- Hollywood whiz-kid Sergios, who became a driving force in the AIDS underground after testing HIV-positive. Read full book review >
THE VILLAGE by Alice Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 1993

"Sentimental but entertainingly so: the story of a village well kept and a life well lived."
Taylor's third volume of Irish reminiscences (Quench the Lamp, 1991; To School Through the Fields, 1990) continues in a sunny vein as it evokes the history, landscape, and sometimes dotty citizenry of tiny 1960's Innishannon, where the author raised five kids, opened a guest house, and manned the local post office and grocery store. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >