Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"An important, vindicatory contribution to music history, restoring Morton to the high station he deserves in American jazz. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
Aided by a trove of uncovered historical documents, two veteran Chicago Tribune journalists sweep aside demeaning caricatures regarding the great jazz composer and pianist. Read full book review >
ALWAYS WEAR JOY by Fales-Hill. Susan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"A distinguished memoir as well as an important contribution to black cultural history."
Television writer/producer Fales-Hill recalls her mother, a Haitian-American musical legend who gave up her career for marriage, in one of those rare tributes that capture exactly what made someone widely loved and admired. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 21, 2003

"Of tremendous importance to parents, educational reformers, and anyone concerned with the myriad failings of the present culture."
Johnny and Janie can't read, can't find the Pacific on a map, can't even think—all thanks to official censorship that "represents a systemic breakdown of our ability to educate the next generation." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2003

"An invaluable contribution to the history of an unspeakably brutal century."
Newcomer Ansky takes us on a harrowing tour of blood-soaked ground: the Russian-Polish borderlands during the worst years of WWI. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 8, 2003

"The adventure and peril of everyday living captured in language that's light, beautiful, and razor-sharp."
Lyrical, gripping tale of the year Cohen's life went to hell. Read full book review >

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2003

"A spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression."
So you want a revolution? If your foe is an ayatollah, try reading Jane Austen. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Rigorously researched, intelligent, compassionate. A tour de force. (2 maps, 50 illustrations, not seen)"
Masterfully demonstrating that truth can trump fiction, English travel writer Dalrymple (From the Holy Mountain, 1998, etc.) relates a wrenching tale of love's labors lost on the Indian subcontinent. Read full book review >
STIFF by Mary Roach
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely. (11 illustrations)"
Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living. Read full book review >
STONE VOICES by Neal Ascherson
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 2003

"Greatly accessible compendium of scholarly passion."
A British journalist and historian examines Scotland's movements for home rule and independence—not necessarily conjoined—and illuminates their tangled roots. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF MY FATHER by Sue Miller
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 19, 2003

"A loving and eloquent tribute from a talented daughter."
In a perfectly pitched memoir, novelist Miller (The World Below, 2001, etc.) movingly depicts the bittersweet emotions provoked by the toll Alzheimer's exacted on her father. Read full book review >
RETURN TO PARIS by Colette Rossant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2003

"Never was the kitchen a more welcome port in the storm, or more nurturing, than for the buffeted Rossant, who is a sympathetic character, and all the more so for her measure of pride. (Photographs)"
In a memoir fully deserving of its moodiness, food writer Rossant (Memoirs of a Lost Egypt, not reviewed) tells of her fitful, melancholy life before she married her husband of 47 years. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 4, 2003

"First-rate report from a land even environmentalists forgot."
Travel journalist Tidwell (Amazon Stranger, 1996, etc.) takes a lingering, eye-opening look at the bayous and marshlands of West Louisiana. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >