Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

THE LEAP YEARSWomen Reflect on Change, Loss, and LoveMaier, Mary Anne & Joan Shaddox Isom—Eds. Read full book review >
FIREBIRD by Mark Doty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1999

"A short, effusive, and wisely compassionate backward glance on a life that, while less than the sum of its parts, has healed as much as it has hurt."
A bittersweet portrait of the artist as a young homosexual, coming to terms with his parents and finding that "the thing that harms turns out, sometimes, to be the very thing that restores." Read full book review >

THE BARBIE CHRONICLES by Yona Zeldis McDonough
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

THE BARBIE CHRONICLESA Living Doll Turns FortyMcDonough, Yona Zeldis—Ed. Read full book review >
AN UNDERGROUND LIFE by Gad Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Beck is apparently at work on a sequel that takes him from the end of the war up to the present; it's a book to look forward to."
Beck, director of Berlin's Jewish Adult Education Center, recalls his youth and his work in the anti-Nazi resistance under most unusual circumstances. Read full book review >
FINDING MY VOICE by Diane Rehm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1999

"An articulate and inspirational travelogue of one woman's remarkable journey. (8 pages photos) (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A fetching, straightforward account of the struggles and successes of a respected radio personality. Read full book review >

TERRY McMILLAN by Diane Patrick
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"8 pages b&w photos, unseen)."
A flimsy biography of the phenomenonally successful black author. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

An engrossing character study of the beautiful, brave, but psychologically bent princess who became an icon, by Vanity Fair contriduting editor Smith. Read full book review >
CONCEIVING LUC by Liza Freilicher
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 1, 1999

"Inspiring and provocative. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Told largely through the voice of 34-year old Manhattan restaurateur Freilicher, this volume is a memoir of frustrating infertility, courageous endurance, strong family alliances, and the extraordinary birth of a baby boy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2000

"Colapinto's storytelling, taut and emotive, never plays the grim tale for its sideshow qualities, nor claims the last word on nature versus nurture. (First printing of 125,000; Literary Guild super release; author tour)"
Born a boy, brought up a girl, David Thiessen always knew in his genes that he was a male, despite his eminent doctor's self-serving pronouncements. Read full book review >
``I REMAIN IN DARKNESS'' by Annie Ernaux
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"The impact of this courageous, sometimes unsubtle little book is sure to not pass away quickly."
A small, powerful, and overwritten memoir of a mother's slow deterioration and death in a nursing home. Read full book review >
SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS by John M. Clum
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

Why do gay men so love musical theater? Read full book review >
SAFFRON SKY by Gelareh Asayesh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An especially topical read considering the ongoing tension between the United States and much of the Arab world."
The vibrant, discerning memoir of a young newspaper journalist which depicts her immigration from Iran in 1977, her assimilation into American culture as a teenager, and her return to her native country in October 1990 as war loomed over the Persian Gulf. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >