Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

HISTORY
Released: June 17, 1991

"But, more, she does for Turkey what only the most accomplished travel writers do: shows why it is a place that must be visited, then makes it seem as if her readers have just come home from there."
Everyone, it seems, wanted a piece of this superior travelogue by the National Book Award-winning author of Blood Tie, The Beulah Quintet, and Celebration—which is why parts of it are slated to run in Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, and Travel and Leisure. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 17, 1991

"Much can be learned from her compelling, well-documented study."
A searing critique of the American family, our corporate leaders and public officials. Read full book review >

THE LAST ITALIAN by William Murray
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 17, 1991

"But despite the lack of a strong unifying shape and occasional weak spots, Murray's thoughtful, well-written essays offer unusual insight into the daily concerns of late-20th-century Italy."
A look at modern-day Italy by a New Yorker writer who spent part of his childhood in the peninsula and has been returning for extended visits ever since. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 17, 1991

"A highly evocative, frightening tale, and all too convincing."
In this chilling and disturbing re-creation, free-lance journalist Petersen (The Boston Globe, The Washington Post) recalls her childhood of sexual abuse. Read full book review >
TOUJOURS PROVENCE by Peter Mayle
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 12, 1991

"Very winish, dinerish—and absolutely gustatory."
Second installment by GQ columnist Mayle of his country life in the Provencal region of southern France, following the delightful A Year in Provence (1990). Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 10, 1991

"The question remains whether grown-up children should be waiting for a parental divorce to launch them on the path to liberation."
A look at the trauma suffered by—and the possible courses of action open to—those whose parents divorce after their children are old enough to vote. Read full book review >
ALVA MYRDAL by Sissela Bok
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1991

"This probing and forgiving book carries on the explanation, exploring those ironic connections and disconnections between the public and private lives that Alva, in searching for herself, could not see."
Internationally acclaimed for her contribution to world peace, Alva Myrdal's personal life (1902-1986) was a series of battles—against her rural Swedish parents, her husband, her children, her reputation, and in her personal quest to find out ``How do I become myself?'' Such ironies abound in this tactful and poignant memoir by her daughter (Philosophy/Brandeis; A Strategy for Peace, 1989, etc.). ``Serving'' her demanding, egocentric, and volatile husband, Gunnar (her ``consort battleship,'' as she called him), who won the Nobel prize in Economics, Alva often left their three children for long periods of time with various surrogates, damaging them but mostly damaging her relationship with them. Read full book review >
HOMICIDE by David Simon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 5, 1991

"Deserves great praise and looks like a big winner."
An incomparable, epic nonfiction police procedural, covering one year with a Baltimore homicide squad—and a dizzying circus of mayhem and stark horror at vast length. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 4, 1991

"Introducing each chapter are poems on parenting from various writers; they alone make the book worthwhile."
A highly personal exploration of how children mold parents and parents mold children, and how together they continually re-create the family. Read full book review >
JEAN RHYS by Carole Angier
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 3, 1991

"Perhaps Angier's exhaustive but unsorted research will be of value to some future biographer who will do justice to Rhys, a fine writer."
This detailed study of the author of Quartet and Wide Sargasso Sea seems not so much a biography as a collection of annotated note cards and unedited lecture notes. Read full book review >
SUBTEXT by Julius Fast
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1991

"This should have been called Sub-par Text."
Fast (What Should We Do About Davey?, 1988; Body Language, 1970, etc.) has little new to offer here, and the repackaged old ideas are padded out with anecdotes that often seem too exactly pertinent to be believable as real happenings. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1991

"A well-written, heartening guide for the parent who needs help in handling anger."
Longtime director of Parent Guidance Workshops, Samalin here offers practical advice on coping with anger when dealing with children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >