Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Terry is no dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants but a giant herself, towering over the misperceptions of past medical dwarfs with their insidious visions of homosexuality."
paper 0-226-79367-2 An encyclopedic history of how the American medical and scientific communities' perceptions of homosexuality constructed it as "abnormal" rather than as part and parcel of "the normal." Read full book review >
CULTURE JAM by Kalle Lasn
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Organized, like Walden, by season, this is the best call to simplify and renew natural life since Thoreau and the American Renaissance."
An eloquent manifesto of anti-commercialism worthy of predecessors like Thoreau and Huxley. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A heartfelt plea for further progress, which raises as many questions as it answers."
Both experts in government and history, Klinkner (Hamilton Coll.; The Losing Parties, not reviewed) and Smith (Yale; Civic Ideals, not reviewed ) mean to "sound an alarm" about the still poor state of race relations in the US. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Quinn is the sociological equivalent of Ross Perot—all vision and anecdote, with neither depth of thought nor workable solutions. (Author tour)"
A cultish recipe for the salvation of the human race, which is being poisoned by the "genetic" structure of its own civilization. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A missed opportunity for critical self-reflection."
Art critic and novelist Weisgall (Still Point, 1990), whose father and grandfather were distinguished Czech-Jewish composers, writes a sentimental memoir of her upbringing in an emotionally overcharged artistic family. Read full book review >

Released: April 13, 1999

"Still, a wake-up call that a mother's mother may be more influential in forming who we are than many women suspect. (Author tour)"
A celebration of grandmothers as both safety net and symbol of the ties that connect woman to woman over generations. Read full book review >
THE BONE LADY by Mary H. Manhein
Released: April 1, 1999

"Despite the morbid nature of her work, she loves what she does and communicates that enthusiasm in her absorbing harrative. (illustrations)"
A subtly creepy collection of stories culled from the experiences of a leading forensic anthropologist. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2000

"An outstanding portrait of the painful postwar waltz of Germans, their victims, and their victims' victims. (Author tour)"
An engaging memoir by the daughter of a Holocaust escapee who returns to Germany with her mother to revisit the scene of the crime. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2000

"Her study of shifting human patterns is fit for a new millennium."
The daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson celebrates our new life of variety and choice among the strange relatives and familiar strangers with whom we live. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"At long last an intimate and full vision of queer lives in America that did not unfold in San Francisco's discos. (22 b&w photos)"
With a scrupulous eye for detail, Howard traces the evolution of homosexual identities in Mississippi from 1945 to 1985 and, in the process, offers a perceptive look into queer lives away from America's urban centers. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A mosaic that is less colorful and titillating than one might imagine, but rewarding in its reminder of the deep roots of the sexual revolution. (32 pages color photos, not seen)"
LUCY'S LEGACY by Alison Jolly
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Jolly is an enthusiastic guide; she has fun with all this, and readers will too. (30 illustrations)"
A primatologist's musings on evolution, with special attention to the myriad changing roles of the sexes and to the development of intelligence and human interdependence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >