Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 628)

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Released: May 15, 1994

"A bloated magazine article heavy on hearsay, light on insight."
Tedious coverage from the front lines of dating by freelance magazine writer Hersey. Read full book review >
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Released: May 13, 1994

"A courageous, eloquent book of great significance to all who care about where we came from."
A world-class linguist demonstrates similarities among the globe's 5,000 languages to argue the case for a single, unifying Mother Tongue. Read full book review >

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Released: May 12, 1994

"A worthwhile entry into current discussions of race relations, though it requires a dollop of skepticism."
A challenging, if not always thorough, reminder that middle- class blacks face accumulated experiences of racism too often ignored by the majority culture and scholars of race relations. Read full book review >
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Released: May 10, 1994

"Rservations aside, a beautifully written and personal story that grapples with questions of identity and tradition that affect us all."
This autobiography vividly describes the author's loss and rediscovery of his cultural and religious heritage. Read full book review >
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Released: May 9, 1994

"But despite these flaws, Unequal Protection is likely to be an eye-opener—both to those who are not aware of discriminatory environmental policies and to those who are."
This anthology explores the history of environmental racism (the locating of an unfair share of toxic hazards in communities of color) and provides case studies from around the country of blatant discrimination. Read full book review >

CERTAIN TRUMPETS by Garry Wills
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Released: May 9, 1994

"1980s."
Wills (History/Northwestern) has written a stunningly literate and thoughtful examination of what makes a leader. Read full book review >
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Released: May 6, 1994

"Despite sometimes simplistic or redundant prose and occasional lapses in clarity and consistency (new money types not covered in the original quiz keep cropping up), this should be a useful aid for both individuals and couples to resolve their money conflicts."
A thoughtful, thorough workbook designed by a psychotherapist who has been leading seminars on the subject since 1982. Read full book review >
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Released: May 6, 1994

"It offers examples of women who have mapped their own roads, who, as Linda Hogan says, lead lives that demonstrate the connection between the love for one's body as it is and the love one feels for the natural earth."
In her foreword to Minding the Body, an impressive collection of writings by women about the female body, Foster recalls her grandmother, a miner's wife in the '30s, telling her, ``When I asked my doctor for some form of birth control after the exhaustion of 12 pregnancies he said impatiently, `You're a woman, Mrs. Baxter. Read full book review >
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Released: May 6, 1994

"Nonetheless, Thurer effectively demonstrates how transient any one view of mothering really is."
Psychologist Thurer offers a historical smorgasbord of societal attitudes toward mothering, from the paleolithic period to the present. Read full book review >
LEADING WITH MY HEART by Virginia Kelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 1994

"What's your son or daughter's job? (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild featured alternate)"
The woman whose son, our president, feels our pain shares some of her own (and her pleasures as well) in an autobiography that offers a folksy, mom's-eye view of the ultimate American success story. Read full book review >
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Released: May 2, 1994

"The goal, presumably, is to enable legions of suited workers to imagine that they're really armored Lancelots, that their workstations are noble mounts, and that the business of making a living—or a widget, or an arrow—is just as heroic as the deeds of Arthurian legend."
Byham and Cox (Zapp!, not reviewed) tell a facile fable about dragon-slaying in order to spread yet another business gospel about quality, teamwork, and empowerment. Read full book review >
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Released: May 2, 1994

"An important contribution, in terms of both historical material and interpretation, to the study of women's work."
Employing diverse, thorough methodologies and research sources, the author of Prehistoric Textiles (not reviewed) traces the roles of women and cloth through 20,000 years of history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >