Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

Spurr, a former Cruising World editor, sets sail aboard a 33- foot fiberglass boat on a yearlong cruise of the Intercoastal Waterway that becomes a voyage of self-discovery. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1997

"But these were exciting times, and for those who care about the early days of the feminist movement and about magazine publishing, hearts will beat faster in reliving them. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vibrant recollection of the first quarter-century of the magazine that both energized the feminist movement and became a target for its tribulations. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1997

"But the author's alternative to such confusion, an adaptation of Native American initiation rituals, seems unpersuasive and insufficient. (Author tour)"
This luminous personal memoir of a young girl's discovery and embrace of her own sexual desire is somewhat dimmed by the author's intrusive, familiar analysis of this culture's misrepresentation of female sexuality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Of interest for the Alcott material alone, but the light-handed, nontechnical accounts of the uncommon duo's experiences as women antiquarians also make pleasurable reading for anyone immersed in the world of books. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This breezy dual autobiography of two writers and antiquarian- book dealers points up their extraordinary accomplishment in spheres of endeavor long dominated by men. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"He weaves a vibrant, detailed tapestry of character and experience; his discoveries are manifold. (map, not seen)"
In this affecting travel memoir, Simon (The River Stops Here, 1994) pursues both a component of his own history and a vision of post-Soviet eastern Europe circa 1994. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Powerful arguments from a passionate, articulate, sometimes strident spokesman. (Author tour)"
An anti-euthanasia activist blasts the right-to-die forces, calling their goal ``a social experiment that will lead to cultural and ethical catastrophe.'' As the attorney for the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force, Smith appears frequently on radio and television to argue against what he calls ``the death culture.'' Opponents of assisted suicide—Smith uses the terms ``assisted suicide'' and ``euthanasia'' interchangeably—will find this a valuable debating manual, for it presents the most common pro-euthanasia arguments and then provides considered responses to them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

More pithy reductionism from Gray (What Your Mother Couldn't Tell You and Your Father Didn't Know, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Anything Mallon turns out is good—but he can do better than this."
A smartly stitched quilt of Americana that could use a bit more color, by a talented essayist (Stolen Words, 1989, etc.) and novelist (Aurora 7, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WORST OF TIMES by Patricia G. Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Wade."
Being published on the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion: a heartrending compilation of personal tales of abortion prior to Roe v. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Too long by far, but an engrossing, multilayered portrait—as well as a touching personal odyssey. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magisterial investigation of black America by a white reporter for The Washington Post; portions have appeared in Life magazine and the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"A detailed report that provides much-needed context to the Arab-Israeli debate."
Incisive, often wrenching history of the Palestinians, by Kimmerling (Sociology/Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) and Migdal (International Studies/Univ. of Washington). 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 >