Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 628)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 1993

"Out of the closet and off the wall."
A wildly idiosyncratic attempt by Koestenbaum (English/Yale), who's gay, to establish opera as a paradigm of homosexuality. ``I hypothesize that opera's hypnotic hold over modern gay audiences has some connection to the erotic interlocking of words and music, two contrary symbolic systems with gendered attributes,'' Koestenbaum says. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"But her singular conversion is memorable, as is her vivid description of Jewish Orthodoxy in all its severity and majesty."
The emotional autobiography of a woman whose religious odyssey begins in Orthodox Judaism and ends in Roman Catholicism. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Like a long but intense TV-movie (with even an extraneous love subplot between Keeney and a fellow lawyer thrown in): stock characters and real thrills. (Photos—not seen.)"
The nail-biting tale of a female serial killer and the lawyer who dogged her to justice. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Despite some nuggets—among them a discussion of the character of the couple as distinct from the characters of its participants- -the discouraging examples and types undermine the authors' messages."
Children have stages, said Erik Erikson; adults have stages, said Daniel Levinson and Gail Sheehy; and now, says this team, couples have stages as well. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 16, 1993

"Priceless firsthand advice on a subject still deep in the shadows."
The touching, instructive memoir of a couple facing the husband's death from cancer. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Lacking the poignant immediacy of its predecessor—the difficult choices, for the most part, are viewed from a less vulnerable distance—but, still, an honorable and thought-provoking companion volume. (First printing of 70,000)"
Often evocative anthology of women's poems, prose, and photographs about choices that helped contour the authors' lives: a follow-up to the popular When I Am an Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple, a collection of poems and stories on women's experience of aging and old age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"An absorbing and sympathetic account of a highhanded spokesman for the downtrodden. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Elegant, energetic biography of controversial Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell (1908-72), by Boston Globe reporter Haygood. Read full book review >
FIRST, DO NO HARM by Lisa Belkin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"A behind-the-scenes account that's hard to put down and difficult to forget."
When should life-support be withdrawn? Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"And so the Mitchells' story is replayed again, and in the retelling begins to take on the dimensions of another uniquely American myth of talent, excess, and tragedy, one to be put alongside those of JFK, Marilyn, and Elvis. (Twenty-five b&w photos—not seen.)"
Sex, drugs, money, death: The saga of the Mitchell brothers has it all—which, no doubt, is why this is the second book about these trend-setting pornographers, one of whom killed the other, to appear in recent months (a third, by Warren Hinckle and Susan Cheever, has been postponed indefinitely). Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 5, 1993

"Behar's self-involved scrutiny of her own career path and privilege ultimately annoy, undercutting the primacy of Esperanza's words and life. (Photos.)"
Drawing on taped interviews, Behar (Anthropology/Univ. of Michigan) lets ``Esperanza''—a Mexican village peddler—tell her life story. Read full book review >
THE SEWING ROOM by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Generic goodwill, in appetizing bites."
Spiritual embroidery on everyday themes, with the accent on love and compassion. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Scary stuff—according to Dees, skinhead violence is on the rise—with a gripping courtroom confrontation between hatred and righteousness. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Exciting tale of a legal battle against neo-Nazi skinhead goons, by the attorney who bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >