Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 628)

RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A very cloudy crystal ball."
Wuthnow (Social Sciences/Princeton), usually an elegant chronicler of social trends (Acts of Compassion, 1991, etc.), stumbles with this dull look at the future of the church. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not every young woman born after the 60's will face motherhood thinking about such daunting questions, but those who do will find that Schwartz articulates their confusion well and with feeling. (First serial to Glamour and New Woman)"
Young women building careers, nurturing relationships, and toying with the idea of having babies will find their conflicts described empathetically and analyzed astutely here. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1993

"Two cheers for chat, one for content."
Novelist/essayist and professional bohemian Gold (Travels in San Francisco, 1989, etc.) surveys the past three or four decades of his wandering years. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER WORKED AND I TURNED OUT OKAY by Katherine Goldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"Celebrating the resilience of children and their parents: a cheerful antidote to those who rail against working mothers."
A lighthearted but not empty-headed look at adult children of working mothers. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1993

"A sobering and much needed call to action."
A compassionate, thoughtful analysis of an alarming and increasingly frequent phenomenon in our rapidly diversifying society. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A powerful salvo in the war over political correctness—and a ringing reaffirmation of the principles of free thought as conceived by Locke, John Stuart Mill, and others."
A compelling defense of free speech against its new enemies, who range from the mosques of Iran to the groves of American academe. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1993

"As in a good novel, these real-life characters elicit cheers and boos, sympathy and disdain—and greater understanding of the emotional minefield walked by new parents."
A remarkably absorbing series of stories about real couples dealing with pregnancy and baby's first year. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1993

"A positive—if too gimmicky—spin for those who think of themselves as victims. (Diagrams—not seen)"
A self-help volume for adult children of dysfunctional families that puts the emphasis on rising above adversity rather than on reliving the pain of abusive relationships. Read full book review >
DAILY FARE by Kathleen Aguero
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1993

Seventeen autobiographical essays of varying quality that address the authors' experiences ``outside''—as editor Aguero (Humanities/Pine Manor College) puts it—the ``dominant tradition'' of ``white, male, heterosexual, upper-class, Eurocentric'' culture. Read full book review >
THE UNMASKING by Kevin Flynn
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 29, 1993

"Overall, then, a torpid chronicle."
Sluggish, standard-model true-crime account of a multiple rapist who concealed his crimes for seven years while married and involved in a fundamentalist church. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >