Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 14, 1999

"This effort does not distance Jacoby from those he attacks."
An ill-spirited but perceptive blast at contemporary political action, ideology, and theory. Read full book review >
CLEAR SPRINGS by Bobbie Ann Mason
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 3, 1999

"Lucky is the clan who has a writer of Mason's caliber to preserve and interpret its history. (Author tour)"
An appreciative but often bittersweet meditation on southern family and cultural change by the author In Country (1985) and Feather Crowns (1993). Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Who wouldn't tap any source to be the best father possible, asks an incredulous Masson, then suggests we stop looking after our species uniqueness and start appreciating the interspecies continuities. (Author tour)"
Lessons in fathering - good, bad, and parlous - from the nonhuman world, challengingly and divertingly told by Masson (Dogs Never Lie About Love, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
WANDERING GOD by Morris Berman
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Gilgamesh understood the paradox; it glimmers in works from Alice Miller to Ortega y Gassett to Bernadette Roberts; and Berman lets it loose to humble authority and hierarchy. (illustrations, not seen)"
Promising, vivid speculations on the evolution of mental states and varieties of consciousness from Berman (Coming to Our Senses, not reviewed). Read full book review >
BETWEEN FATHER AND SON by V.S. Naipaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2000

"In a wonderful departure from —today I had for breakfast— collections of letters, Naipaul not only offers intriguing insights into his passage toward artistry, but tells a bittersweet, genuinely rewarding tale."
This spirited, humane collection of letters from Naipaul's (Beyond Belief, 1998; etc.) second decade of life gathers the triangular exchanges between the young Oxford student, his father in Trinidad, and his sister, Kamla, in India—and records the initiations of family death and authorial triumph. Read full book review >

GEORGIANA by Amanda Foreman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Effortlessly written and scrupulously documented, this will be the standard biography of Georgiana for some time. (16 pages illus., not seen)"
An accomplished biography of one of the most important women of 18th- century Britain. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 1999

"For real or armchair New Yorkers, the whole package is a treat. (Over 70 b&w photographs and illustrations, not seen)"
A sober, humane explanation of how and why New York City became a place of continuous rebuilding. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 23, 1999

"Himmelfarb flirts with both sides of the distinction between sincerity and smugness."
This is what happens when a scholar becomes a culture warrior. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Himself a boomer, Roof sometimes embodies, rather than explains, the most flaky and superficial impulses of boomer faith."
Another dose of Baby Boomer religion from Roof (Dept. of Religious Studies/UC-Santa Barbara), once again arguing that boomers are, as the title of one of his earlier books puts it, A Generation of Seekers. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A provocative and most timely report in this era of ethnic cleansing abroad and high-school shootings at home."
A reflective consideration of the dysfunctional thinking that results in acts ranging from verbal abuse on the personal level to mass murder on the societal level, as well as suggestions for remedying these problems. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"In a better world, if teaching the history of sexuality were a politically neutral act rather than a flashpoint issue in the culture wars, this would be an excellent text for high-school and lower-level college history classes."
The Cliff Notes version of America's queer history, offering in their distilled essence the themes, struggles, and stories of 400 years of same-sex desire in the New World. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Part Dante, part Bill Gates, part Jack Kerouac' however you categorize this bizarre book, it's worthy of attention."
A strangely fascinating exploration of the dark side of cyberspace, where virus writers, porno peddlers, and fantasy game fanatics have created an anarchic subculture that blurs reality and imagination. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >