Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1999

"The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On."
A rousing and readable history, mammoth in scope yet minute in detail. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1999

"A standout comment on the eternal and contemporary implications of family emerges from this enjoyable story that is far too good not to be true."
A gay father's memoir, stranger and more powerful reading than the author's fictional work. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1999

"Here's a felicitous loose sally concerning common practices that have passed largely without notice."
Using the art of the essay—a form Dr. Johnson called "a loose sally of the mind"—Holland (Endangered Pleasures, 1995) presents miscellaneous reveries of past delights. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 1, 2000

"McClung brings fresh illumination to a stubbornly incomprehensible place in this provocative, if intermittently narrow, addition to Los Angeles literature. (150 b/w illustrations)"
An extended argument that popular Anglo mythologies of Los Angeles, from roughly 1850 to 1985, have contributed to the city's persistent urban dysfunction is supplemented by a generally persuasive analysis of Los Angeles aesthetics, or lack thereof. Read full book review >
LADIES AND NOT-SO-GENTLE WOMEN by Alfred Allan Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Fragmented, but full of titillating tidbits that whet the appetite for fuller portraits of these remarkable women and their work."
This multiple biography illuminates a curious group of four turn-of-the-century American women, their lives intertwined personally and professionally. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

BLONDE LIKE METhe Roots of the Blonde Myth in Our CultureIlyin, Natalia Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A major work on an American political icon.(16 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A persuasive study both of the character of Robert Kennedy and of his persistent hold on the national imagination. Read full book review >
CREEKER by Linda Scott DeRosier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Rich in both language and history, enjoyable, informative, and 'sharper—n ary tack.' (32 b&w photos, unseen)"
A memoir of growing up in, and then living outside of, eastern Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains, by an author proud of her heritage. Read full book review >
ADULTERY by Louise DeSalvo
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Given DeSalvo's unbending belief that adultery is the critical experience in many people's lives, it might resonate most with those who have a personal stake in the subject."
As the nation emerges from its obsession with the Monica Lewinsky affair, DeSalvo reflects on adultery's positive and negative effects on marriage. Read full book review >
SIDEWALK by Mitchell Duneier
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A work that adds much to our understanding of race, poverty, and our reactions to them."
Sociologist Duneier (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Slim's Table: Respectability and Masculinity, 1994) constructs a nuanced study of the lives of impoverished street vendors in New York's Greenwich Village. Read full book review >
PASSIONATE NOMAD by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A worthwhile, stylish, and thoroughly researched biography of a fascinatingly complex, often exasperating woman. (b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
Former New York Times reporter Geniesse offers an excellent, psychologically astute chronicle of the adventurous life of Dame Freya Stark (1893—1993), who became a female Lawrence of Arabia. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

DUTIFUL DAUGHTERSReflecting on Our Parents as They Grow OldGould, Jean—Ed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >