Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"A flawed but worthwhile addition, then, to current Middle East reportage."
From Winternitz (East Along the Equator, 1987)—an absorbing, often moving, eyewitness account of a West Bank village's growing involvement with the Intifada. Read full book review >
KEEPER OF THE MOON by Tim McLaurin
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 11, 1991

"A powerful work—and a welcome record of a rapidly fading way of life."
A brush with death causes southern novelist McLaurin (Woodrow's Trumpet, 1989; The Acorn Plan, 1988) to reflect, with unflinching honesty and seductive, unsentimental passion, on what his North Carolina heritage has meant to him. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 4, 1991

"Survival Tactics,'' with explicit suggestions for rape victims on coping with bureaucracy, delays, and harassment."
Violent physical rape is horrifying and the psychic trauma lingers. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 4, 1991

"It won't be, and never was, anything like Ozzie and Harriet."
An enlightening and essentially optimistic look at American families and the seismic cultural shocks that have wrought profound changes in them during the past century. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Brisk, responsible, and wide-ranging work that goes at least part of the way in laying some nuclear secrets bare."
Eye-opening and evenhanded report by two AP journalists on the history of the nuclear-weapons industry in the Southwest and its effects on its employees and neighbors. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Davis's levelheaded analysis of how and why some feminist efforts succeed and some fail should provide an invaluable source of information and inspiration for many."
Susan Faludi's Backlash (p. 1133) and Paula Kamen's Feminist Fatale (p. 1137) sounded the alarm: Feminism in America is in trouble. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Friday project."
Oh, that bathtub faucet. Read full book review >
CELIA, A SLAVE by Melton A. McLaurin
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A straightforward and compelling account of one small historical incident that helps to illustrate the complex issues facing pre-Civil War America."
Both a well-told historical narrative about a slave girl sexually exploited by her master, whom she later kills, and a thoughtful examination of the moral tensions that strained the fabric of the antebellum South. Read full book review >
AND THE BRIDGE IS LOVE by Faye Moskowitz
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A slight book that would have been even more enjoyable without the crocodile tears."
Short-story writer Moskowitz (Whoever Finds This: I Love You, 1988) entertainingly but mawkishly divulges a few secrets from a seemingly endless font of family lore. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Bound for controversy, this study admirably attempts to cross from the academy to popular culture, but theory here acts less as a window onto cultural evolution than as a screen drawing attention its own overwrought, repetitive pattern."
An elaborate theory by Garber (English/Harvard Univ.), insisting that the transvestite is at the elusive heart of Western culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An admirable study of a significant precursor to the Civil War, with specific details providing a springboard to broader treatment of the issues and tensions of the time."
A wide-ranging, fascinating investigation by Slaughter (History/Rutgers) into the social and racial circumstances surrounding the Christiana Riot of 1851, in which runaway slaves stood up to the master who tracked them down and killed him. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A first-rate study that reaches far beyond its ostensible subject to give a textured, gritty profile of New York past and present."
A New York Newsday columnist with a novelist's eye and fine sense of pacing explores the world of the N.Y.C. subway—in a timely account that is not only about the city's transit system but also about its people and its soul. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >