Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 1, 1999

"The only winner of the debate is the reader, who learns from this valuable book that truths lie in the middle."
The author of Out of Weakness (1988) and several other books about society and power, war and peace, here explores and moderates the major points of long-standing disagreements between pessimistic conservatives and optimistic liberals. Read full book review >
MOTHERS WHO THINK by Camille Peri
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 1, 1999

"Though some of the essays here are too 'cutesy' and come off too much like self-indulgent exercises in prose, many brim with intelligence and excitement. (illustrations, not seen)"
An intermittently provocative and entertaining collection of essays, most reprinted from othe online magazine Salon, on many aspects of motherhood. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This biography of barrier-smashing cellist du PrÇ (1945—87) is the literary equivalent of an Çtude: important for the lessons it teaches, but dry and decidedly lacking in musicality. Read full book review >
ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD by Janisse Ray
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"Own it she does, with a gutsy, wholly original memoir of ragged grace and raw beauty."
Ray's redemptive story of an impoverished childhood brings to mind the novels of Dorothy Allison and the nature writing of Amy Blackmarr, but the stunning voice and vision are hers alone. Read full book review >
SHE CAPTAINS by Joan Druett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2000

"Still, likely to get the wind up for modern she-farers or armchair sailors. (B&w illustrations)"
A m‚lange of tales of sea-going, or at least sea-connected, women, where the often fragmentary information can still pique a yen to sign on for the voyage. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"Rather heavy on political details, but Johnson's appealing voice and youthful humor will earn readers' admiration."
The oral history of 94-year-old Nellie Stone Johnson, an African-American who spent her life advocating equal rights, organizing labor, and heralding education. Read full book review >
BOY WITH LOADED GUN by Lewis Nordan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2000

"Some painful truth telling, and an eye-opening explanation of how one writer's complicated psyche came to be, in a worthy piece of personal history that's also a helpful gloss on Nordan's distinctive novels and stories. (First serial to Harper's and Oxford American)"
A bittersweet memoir of growing up absurd in rural Mississippi, then suffering the slings and arrows of marriage and fatherhood, from the popular author of such vivid fiction as Music of the Swamp (1991) and Lightning Song (1997). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Despite often prolix prose, Dyson succeeds in recasting King's message from a comfortingly unexamined myth to an enduring challenge by a great American provocateur. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A bracing attack on sanitized and tendentious misperceptions of Dr. Martin Luther King. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A timely, persuasive primer on how best to punish, and perhaps prevent, gross violations of human rights. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A judicious appraisal of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"In essence, a predictably superficial superstar bio—Cher at the turn of the century, as it were. (42 b&w, 8 color illustrations)"
She strolled Venice's Piazza San Marco clad only in a fur cloak, escorted by pet cheetahs on jeweled leashes; she adorned herself with snakes, live and stuffed, and accessorized an evening costume with chicken blood. Read full book review >
MILOSEVIC by Dusko Doder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A clear, well-crafted guide to a volatile region; a devastating analysis of the depravity of a despot. (1 map, not seen)"
Two experienced international reporters examine the life and political career of the Yugoslav president. Read full book review >
UNDER THE ROSE by Flavia Alaya
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1999

"In this memoir, as in opera, it's the powerful feeling, not the melodramatic plot, that will capture the reader. (b&w photos)"
A torrid tale of illicit love between an Italian-American woman and an Irish-American Roman Catholic priest that lasted for 20 years and produced three children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >