Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 628)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 23, 1991

"As it stands, readers are left to conclude for themselves from these stories how honest to be with their children, and when."
Motivated by her discovery as an adult of significant secrets her mother had kept from her (a previous marriage, her father's serious illness), Webster, a Massachusetts journalist, here collects stories of other ``adult children'' who were shielded or deceived by their parents. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 22, 1991

"Powerful, angry, and maybe influential."
``Being a woman...makes you hungry, weak, and sick,'' says Wolf, a British scholar, journalist, and poet who argues that the contemporary myth (meaning false ideal) of beauty—youthful, slender, flawless—was invented by a male power structure in order to prevent women from fulfilling the feminist ideals of the 70's. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 1991

Following up his 1990 history of First Ladies prior to 1961, Anthony now tracks the Presidents' wives as they flexed their political muscle more openly and encountered more controversy in the age of mass media. Read full book review >
BY HER OWN HAND by Signe Hammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1991

"A harrowing tale of survival in a truly dysfunctional family."
One woman's attempt to comprehend and ultimately learn to live with the fact of her mother's suicide. Read full book review >
HAWKS AND ROSES by Jim Ure
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 13, 1991

"Funny, warm, sad, and informativejust the sort of rich memoir that animal-lovers enjoy."
With deftness, wit, and charm, Ure, a former journalist and Disney animal trainer, writes of the Utah predatory bird rehabilitation project begun in 1973 by him and his wife, Stel. Read full book review >

DEAD CERTAINTIES by Simon Schama
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 1991

"An imaginative, spellbinding work that reminds us that history is more art than science."
Here Schama (Citizens, 1989, etc.; History/Harvard) compellingly re-creates two historic deaths, both linked to the Parkman dynasty of Boston, by these contrasting re-creations and explores "the teasing gap separating a lived event and its subsequent narration." Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 10, 1991

"Okay, but not as appealing as Joan Leonard's Tales from Toddler Hell (reviewed above)."
Yet another humorous, sometimes tear-spattered account of the joys and tribulations of first-time motherhood, this one by the author of How to Honeymoon (1986). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 9, 1991

"Despite some uneven narrative, then, a delightful, weird and invaluable document with the informative and cynical charm of a good Mondo movie. (Eight-page photo insertnot seen.)"
An exhaustive, 479-page foray into Japan's modern sex customs that fluctuates between a scholarly history and a ``nasty travelogue'' of kinky rituals characteristic of the country's ``water trade.'' Bornoff, a British free-lance journalist, lived for 11 years in Tokyo during the late 1970's and 80's. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 8, 1991

"No Whitmanesque sentimentality here, but a jaunty, perceptive, and remarkably assured report on the American Dream today."
Can the US still produce ``some fantastic reversal of fortune, some miraculous transfiguration'' for those who migrate to its shores? Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Back to the Middle Ages with you, Rifkin, and see if you really like the common life."
It's been downhill all the way for 400 years, says Rifkin (co-author, The Green Lifestyle Guide, 1990, Entropy, 1980, etc.), in this latest jeremiad on modern times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1991

"This bland but warm account won't lose him any."
A pleasant account of the pleasant life of an elder statesman of international economics. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Second-drawer Rule, but shocking and juicy nonetheless."
Child abuse, adultery, and murder permeate this potentially gripping but overwritten southern California crime story from the best-selling author of Small Sacrifices, The Stranger Beside Me, etc. David Brown was the consummate Eighties entrepreneur: a computer wizard with his own business, plenty of cash, and a home in Orange County's conservative enclave. 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 >