Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Definitely worth reading, even though it's not always clear whether this is powerful introspection or self-indulgence."
A personal meditation in the guise of a search for the essential nature of the black community in America. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Aug. 25, 1998

"Perhaps Blixen must remain strangely unfathomable: a creature wrought in her own imagination and projected onto the page."
paper 0-9643893-9-8 A thorough if somewhat plodding biography. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"An amazing portrait of a man who was a destructive force with a larger-than-life ego and who was also a man of intense passion, high intellect, and a delicate, artistic sensitivity. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
This moving memoir by the famous poet's son pulls no punches: James Dickey was a hard-drinking, prevaricating braggart whose bad behavior destroyed his family. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 8, 1998

"And yet he makes a thorough and fascinating case, one that will no doubt anger those holding to the orthodoxies laid down by Darwin. (50 b&w illustrations, 15 b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (not reviewed) again confronts the notion that the presence of humankind is a random event in a random universe, asserting that "the cosmos is uniquely fit for the specific type of life that exists on Earth." Read full book review >
CHILD OF MINE by Christina Baker Kline
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 2, 1997

"Think of it as you sneak your two-month-old into the cineplex."
A refreshing essay collection on the two years that flank a baby's birth, from 28 well-known writers, edited by novelist Kline (Sweet Water, 1993). Read full book review >

DOORS TO MADAME MARIE by Odette Meyers
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Meyers's failure to confront her ambivalence about religion directly makes her story feel incomplete."
The episodic and deeply conflicted memories of a Jewish woman's childhood in France during WW II. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Toth tells it like it is. (Author tour)"
Remarkable documentary reports of five tortured individuals who suffered most or all of their lives in America's foster-care system. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 1997

"An attempt at a fair hearing for the headline heiress that is negated by trivia and hearsay. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Another go at the story of billionaire heiress Doris Duke that raises more questions than it answers about her life, her death, and her last will and testament. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN by Valerie Grosvenor Myer
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 1997

"While those made curious by the large (and small) screen versions of Austen's works could do worse, true Austen fanatics will not be satisfied. (16 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
This gossipy sketch by a poet and critic accurately outlines the life of the beloved novelist, without however fully sounding the depths of her character. Read full book review >
THE MOON IS BROKEN by Eleanor Craig
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 19, 1992

"A moving story that will touch many who are grappling with the bitter truth that even the strongest devotion can't save an addict who doesn't want to save herself."
A harrowing memoir of how Craig (If We Could Hear the Grass Grow, 1983, etc.), a practicing child psychotherapist, finds herself powerless to help her own daughter, who succumbs to depression, anorexia, heroin addiction, and, finally, death from AIDS. Read full book review >
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Elena Bonner
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 13, 1992

"Not a literary success, but worthwhile for its historical value. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A coming-of-age memoir by the widow of Andrei Sakharov— tedious in stretches and haphazardly organized, but ultimately fascinating for its intimate view into the turbulent history of Stalinist Russia. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"A personal and candid account of what it means to break an intransigent taboo—and a heartwarming affirmation of love and commitment."
Never timid about confronting prejudice, Mark Mathabane, the South African-born writer of Kaffir Boy (1986) and Kaffir Boy in America (1989), now tackles with his white wife, Gail, that most enduring of racial taboos—intermarriage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >