Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 626)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Subjects who deserve at least style, if not substance, get neither in this superficial chronicle. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The story of the glittering trio who exemplified glamour (and shrewd matchmaking) to a captivated public gets a curiously lifeless treatment from biographer Grafton (Red, Hot, and Rich, 1987). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A solidly researched, nonconfrontational analysis that presents the facts and holds up solutions as a challenge to our democratic society."
A sweeping overview of the institutions, programs, and social trends that affect how America's children grow up. Read full book review >

TAKING BACK MY LIFE by Nancy Ziegenmeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Skip Eileen Ross's Savage Shadows (p. 1458) and look to this for insight into a rape victim's experience and the way she courageously used it to raise consciousness about this form of violence. (Film rights sold to CBS-TV.)"
A rape victim's compelling story is combined here with a provocative examination of the issues raised by the crime from the perspectives of the victim, her husband, the counselor who treated her at a rape crisis center, the prosecutor and defense attorney in the case, and the newspaper editor who brought the story to national prominence. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 18, 1991

"Leder has raised an interesting issue, but fails to explore it with true originality or rigor."
A brother's suicide started Leder (Dead Serious, YA, 1987) pondering the role siblings play in defining one another's lives, but an apparent dearth of scientific research and the author's own lack of expertise have left her with few insights and fewer facts to offer. Read full book review >
PORN by Robert J. Stoller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 18, 1991

"Graphic, candid, and bleak, but energized by the nervous vitality of those who work on the wild side, and deeply informative—an honorable capstone to Stoller's career."
For a multimillion-dollar entertainment industry, film porn has elicited precious few books telling its inside story—and those mostly by backbiting porn stars (Linda Lovelace's Ordeal, 1980; Jerry Butler's Raw Talent, 1989—not reviewed). Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"It's not."
Another, more questionable, attempt to defend ``science'' from attack by groups that Nelkin (The Creation Controversy, 1982, etc.) and Jasper (both Sociology/N.Y.U.) describe as ``absolutist,'' ``uncompromising'' ``fundamentalists.'' One problem is that the authors' own attack is couched in a tone of pseudo-objectivity. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A fine, example-filled account of how different times and different mores produce different psychosomatic illnesses."
Like other cultural phenomena, psychosomatic illnesses are subject to changes in fashion; here, Shorter (The Healthy Century, 1987, etc.) has applied his considerable skill in researching medical history to an examination of these trends from the mid-18th century to the present. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Some substance submerged in a flood of format. (Line drawings.)"
Architect, graphic designer, consultant to industry, and purveyor of information packaging, Wurman now attempts to teach us how to teach and how to take teaching. Read full book review >
AN IMMODEST VIOLET by Joan Hardwick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Read the Belford instead. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Published in Great Britain in 1990, this biography of novelist Violet Hunt by rookie book-author Hardwick, a former schoolteacher, lacks the substance and vivid detail of Barbara Belford's Violet of the same year. Read full book review >
WHITEOUT by Ted Conover
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 2, 1991

"A bit scattered and not as smooth as Coyotes—as Conover hops and comments here, there, everywhere—but full of flashes of insight and plenty of fun to read for the many enticing tales of the rich and famous."
Conover, who wrote so well about the low life in Rolling Nowhere (1983: railroad tramps) and Coyotes (1987: migrant workers), now spiritedly chronicles the high life—8000 feet above sea level and worlds above plebeian reality in the glittering ``paradise'' of Aspen. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 1991

"A struggling frankness amid a bonfire of dirty linen."
High-life memoir that smokes like a heat-seeking missile. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Feminists will find Bailey's discussion of the masculine orientation of standard English particularly illuminating. (Twenty illustrations—not seen.)"
Drawing on his vast erudition about the uses of language, Bailey (English Language and Literature/Univ. of Michigan), associate editor of the Oxford Companion to the English Language, describes the history of the cultural, social, political, and even psychological attitudes toward the English language. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >