Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 628)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Good feelings galore, but next time, hold those maxims."
A Conservative rabbi (The Healer of Shattered Hearts, 1990) ponders the ways by which words link God and humans. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Too often, though, Gelman's self-absorbed approach gets in the way of the terrific stories he has to tell; for the real moxie, read Buchanan."
A tumultuous year (1989) in the life of a cub crime-reporter for New York Newsday. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A somber cautionary tale, well told, of human ambition, arrogance, and ignorance unchecked. (Forty illustrations—not seen.)"
An affecting story of an ugly instance of Western hubris, as told to writer Blume by the grandson of the man responsible for bringing Ota Benga, a pygmy eventually placed in a zoo, to America. Read full book review >
HOT AND BOTHERED by Wendy Dennis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Move over, Nancy Friday."
Canadian journalist Dennis surveys the contemporary sexual landscape and finds it mostly a hostile desert with a few oases and many mirages. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Lively, intelligent, clarifying—a well-timed response that may catch the eye of Susan Faludi's, if not Bly's, readers."
Twenty stimulating, often passionate essays by feminists whose styles vary remarkably but whose message remains the same—that most forms of the current 'men's movement' reinforce patriarchy and widen the gap between men and women just when, for the sake of our children, ourselves, and the environment, we most need to work together. 'Make no mistake about it,' Gloria Steinem writes in her foreword, 'women want a men's movement. Read full book review >

COMING OUT CONSERVATIVE by Marvin Liebman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An absorbing, occasionally awkward book given resonance by the author's struggle with—and final acceptance of—his homosexuality. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An eventful, stylish, sometimes painful memoir by right-wing agitator Liebman. Read full book review >
HUDDLE by Andrew H. Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Well written and at times astute, but not what you'd expect from a writer nominated five times for a Pulitzer."
An odd entry from talented and usually trenchant New York Times reporter and columnist Malcolm (Someday, 1991, etc.)—a paean to high-school football and those who coach it, with nary a negative word for either. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Familiar examples and few new insights, but, still, a cogent and evenhanded summary of generally available information about the influence of TV on politicking. (Forty halftones, ten graphs—not seen.)"
An attempt to determine the extent to which TV has contributed to the manipulation of political campaigns—and what can be done about it; by Jamieson (Communication/Univ. of Penn.; Eloquence in an Electronic Age, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Lively capsule histories lend zest to each writer's empowering Paris years. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs- -not seen.)"
Lively survey of American writers in Paris from the liberation in 1944 through 1960, ending with the invasion of the Beats. Read full book review >
WITHIN TUSCANY by Matthew Spender
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

An expatriate British sculptor's eccentric view of his adopted home of Siena, Italy. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Readers may prefer to wait for Randy Shilts's upcoming book on the same general subject. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
A controversial subject—the Defense Department ban on homosexuals in the armed forces—viewed from a highly personal perspective by a young man forced to resign from the US Naval Academy when he revealed his sexual orientation. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A curious but irresistible mix of soulful sincerity and glitter-sleaze that could sell through the roof."
Somers continues the campaign against child abuse that she began with her forceful autobiography, Keeping Secrets (1987). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >