Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1999

"This is western history told with twang and flair, and fans of Lonesome Dove and Louis L'Amour should eat it up. (16 pages color, 32 pages b&w photos)"
A wild and woolly history of a cowpoke mecca. Read full book review >
A BORDER PASSAGE by Leila Ahmed
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1999

"A beautiful tale that is a celebration not only of women and the author's native country (with all its flaws), but also of intellectual flowering."
A lucid and luminous evocation of growing up in a whirlpool of cultures and the rewarding struggle of sorting it all out. Read full book review >

TABOO by Boyer Rickel
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1999

"An uninvolving memoir of an uneventful life. (Author tour)"
A sequence of autobiographical essays by poet Rickel (Creative Writing/Univ. of Arizona) kicks off the new series "Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies" with an elliptical whimper. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1999

"Their length also makes them ideal for copying and placement in the mailboxes of unenlightened bosses. (Author tour)"
Practical advice for managers and parents desperately trying to figure out the steps of the work-family dance. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

A revealing retrospect of the pain and embarrassment caused by growing up with a schizophrenic mother. Read full book review >

LANTERNS by Marian Wright Edelman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

"By reminding us of those who had the courage to remake the not-too-distant past, Lanterns seeks to shed some light on the future. (30 b&w photos; not seen) (First printing of 150,000, author tour)"
A book that tells the story of a single life and a larger movement through tributes to the people whose faith, courage, imagination, and idealism made progress possible. Read full book review >
IN MY FATHER'S ARMS by III de Milly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"In an age where such tales have become so commonplace that they have lost some of their ability to shock, the raw power of de Milly's writing ensures that readers will long remember his disturbing story. (Author tour)"
One man's horrific memoir of sexual abuse at the hands of his all-American father. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"But because the author has used her considerable talents to construct an 'anticultural' straw man, this book's parts are greater than its whole."
A flawed yet fascinating look at the changing nature of childhood. Read full book review >
THE LISTENER by Allen Wheelis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, the memoir ends on a note of affirmation of the centrality of love—but it lacks the emotional force of the earlier scenes of yearning."
Now in his 80s, Wheelis offers a sometimes pungent memoir of his boyhood and later life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Without fully lighting the dark corners of an unappealing realm, Singular has produced a balanced, detailed, thoughtful consideration of an incident usually reduced to cultural dissonance. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Veteran crime journalist Singular (Talked to Death, 1987, etc.) offers an original perspective on the sadly epochal killing of JonBenet Ramsey. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"It is time for the pendulum to return to center regarding Hillary'she deserves neither her present sainted status nor her earlier Wicked Witch of the White House characterization—but this story, complex and detailed as it is, is more spiteful than informative."
A biography of the First Lady that evaluates—mostly negatively—her performance as lawyer, politician, policy wonk, presidential advisor, as well as loyal and ambitious spouse. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Learned literary tourism about literary tourism, in one of the best places on earth for it."
Sunny, island-hopping philhellenism as encountered in Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi and Lawrence Durrell's Prospero's Cell and Reflections on a Marine Venus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >