Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 630)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The most important book on hunger and poverty in America since Michael Harrington's The Other America (1964)."
A magnificent work of engaged scholarship analyzing hunger in modern America and the private and public responses to it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Gives an uncomfortably human face to the debate over assisted suicide, and while arguing for its legalization, unwittingly provides ammunition for both sides."
The grim memoir of a querulous husband anxious to explain his role in his wife's suicide. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1997

``The energy of violence,'' de Becker asserts, ``moves through our culture,'' and ``nobody is untouched.'' A high-profile consultant on the ``prediction and management of violence,'' de Becker offers a sometimes startling mixture of autobiography, anecdote, and detailed, even scholarly, examinations of the various qualities that contribute to violent situations, as well as the escalating stages that violent confrontations (between an abusive spouse and his mate, a criminal and his prey, a stalker and his target) follow. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN WAY OF BIRTH by Jessica Mitford
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 1992

"Indispensable for prospective parents who may discover that they can just say no to doctor-dictated birth practices and can prescribe their own terms for having a baby."
From the author who 29 years ago roasted the funeral industry in The American Way of Death: a witty, pungent, comprehensive look at the frequently unfortunate practices that guide how American babies are born. Read full book review >
LATINOS by Earl Shorris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Wide-ranging, groundbreaking, opinionated, and very important."
Personal, impassioned overview of the fastest growing minority in the US. Read full book review >

CATHOLIC GIRLS by Amber Coverdale Sumrall
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 1992

"Perhaps—but this anthology will provoke more yawns than yelps."
Not, as the title suggests, about Catholic girlhood per se, but rather about girls and young women who rebel against their religious upbringing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Intensively researched, intelligently written, this erudite, literate work—a brilliant philosophical complement to Gail Sheehy's bestselling The Silent Passage (p. 381)—should inspire change in how we think about The Change."
It may be that menopause saw Greer (Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, 1989, etc.) coming and quaked, for surely the subject will never be quite the same again. Read full book review >
THE MALE EGO by Willard Gaylin
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"His tempered commentary here has much of the same positive force as in his Rediscovering Love (1986)."
Like Sam Keen and Robert Bly, Gaylin (Adam and Eve and Pinocchio, 1990, etc.) recognizes a crisis for men, suggesting that ``two hundred years of modern civilization is undoing our evolution.'' Unlike those champions of revised masculinity, however, he rejects the quest for primitive man (``he is only too evident in our behavior''), as well as traditional measures of male success (trophy wives, the corner office), and argues instead for: more meaningful markers and rites of passage; rechanneling aggression into more adaptive patterns; and restoring feelings of pride by acknowledging the historical forces that have undermined them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Weddington preaches to the converted, and inadequately addresses legal objections to Roe, but she gives valuable, passionate insights into the significance of that historic case."
The lawyer who argued Roe v. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wyatt has much to relate, and he does so exceptionally well, yielding a happy (and rare) instance when the reader emerges wishing that a longish book would go on just a bit longer. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A big-picture view of California's history, told with verve and considerable learning. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Consequently, he circles around and then disappointingly evades the critical question: If ethnic separatism threatens America, whose separatism is it anyway, and what do we do about it?"
A contradictory book of social and legal commentary that attempts to embrace so-called New America's increasingly multiracial character and deal with the author's lingering doubts about Americans' real capacity to live with our ethnic differences. Read full book review >
RULES OF THE GAME by Michel Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 1991

"Leiris, here, exports less than well."
Leiris (BrisÇes, 1990), best known to American readers through the remarkable autobiographical meditation Manhood (1963), was one of the great midcentury French phenomenologists of the self, a relentless crusher of experience down to crystals ever more fine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >