Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

Released: April 23, 1997

"Coontz's refreshingly grounded perspective encourages the development of a broader social intelligence that would enable us to move beyond, for example, simpleminded scapegoating of the single welfare mother, coming up with social policies that truly assist more of us in improving our lives."
A historian of the American family debunks the myth that a return to the so-called traditional two-parent nuclear family can provide us with an unassailable refuge from the social, economic, and psychological stresses Americans seem to feel so acutely these days. Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 1997

A straightforward chronicle—part memoir, part upbeat how-to- -of how writing and teaching became entwined in the author's life as leader of Zona Rosa, a Savannah, Ga., writers' group. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1997

"Though not without occasional insights about the inadequacies of the adversarial processes of law in resolving conflicts about sex and power, this is ultimately more frustrating than illuminating to read."
A circuitous, speculative essay about an infamous sexual harassment case at an Australian university. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"Striving like Whitman, not cynical, but at last quite desolate."
Moody, sweet-spirited survey of lowlifes, castoffs, and misfits along Broadway, from Battery Park to Times Square. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Fun for men to check themselves out, and for curious women to have a look—and could soar high on the crest of the men's movement."
One hundred men speak anonymously and candidly about their ``core issues.'' Here, Baker continues his oral-report format of 'Nam (1981), Cops (1985), and Women (1989)—with mixed results. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1992

An exotic, absorbing, rather odd life saga played out against the volatile politics of Iran. ``Dispossessed of her Persian heritage,'' Farmaian (b. 1921) fondly recalls her harem childhood as the 15th of 36 children, the third-born to her 16-year-old mother, who was the third of her father's eight wives. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1991

"Despite its flaws, then, an essential reference on how artistic rebels have defied social norms on creative expression— and on how the judiciary has responded in incremental, sometimes contradictory, ways."
A verbose and sprawling, yet well-researched and compelling, narrative history of how literary iconoclasts have run afoul of censors in America. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 11, 1998

"Enlivened by epistolary amours and detective-like research revelations, yet still a sluggish rendition of a resonant tale. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An admirable if not always compelling exploration of a once-sensational murder and trial that recall our recent obsession with the Simpson case. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Readers who identify with intense and troubled mother-daughter relationships may find Chernin's views on women's psychological development plausible and these accounts sympathetic and engrossing; others may find themselves muttering, 'Get a life!'"
A psychoanalyst uses storytelling to explore the complex and, for some women, all-consuming and difficult mother-daughter relationship. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Miguel: Sexual Life History of a Gay Mexican American'' proves a notable exception)."
Dedicated to ``the gay men and lesbians of American intellectual life''—a collection of generally scholarly essays that examine the status, behavior, and values of some segments of the gay community, emphasizing changes that have occurred since 1969's Stonewall Riot. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"A startling look, then, at a country quite different from, and hauntingly similar to, the US. (Forty photographs—not seen.)"
A desanitized view of Australia from a veteran Australian journalist, ranging from its founding as a penal colony in 1788 to the machinations of the ``Old Mates,'' the powerful ``dullards'' who threaten the nation's hard-won status as a working-class society of equals. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

News accounts of the last few years have depicted the evolution of the man in the gray flannel suit into the 80-hour-per- week yuppie, and of Superwoman into a bundle of frayed nerves who finds she really can't have it all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >