Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

Released: Dec. 26, 2001

"An illuminating, even thrillingly fresh perspective on the continent's much-discussed post-colonial problems."
Fuller's debut is a keen-eyed, sharp-voiced memoir of growing up white in 1970s Africa. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Admirably detailed, stunningly successful, and likely to become the definitive biography of the Kennedy marriage, with all the intimacy and international scope implied."
The famously private Mrs. Kennedy has met her match and is herein revealed—along with her husband and his administration—respectfully but thoroughly, by an author possessed. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A sobering, frightening account of what happens when that foul beast, racism, breaks its fragile leash. (16 pp. b&w photographs, not seen)"
A chilling re-creation of the worst instance of racial violence in US history—the 1921 destruction by rampaging whites of a black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Engaging, intelligent, and likely to be of much interest to general readers, as well as of value in courses in American history, women's studies, and African American studies."
A finely rendered portrait of two Southern abolitionists and civil-rights activists, and of the time in which they lived. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Vintage Carter, with his always-welcome emphasis on family, place, and the way it really was. Perfect for gift-giving."
From the former president, seasonal reminiscences recalling Christmases past, with tempered nostalgia and beguiling frankness. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"Wilkie is a savvy reporter, combining grace with tack-sharpness in this memorable portrait of a slice of the South over the past half-century."
A fluent and fluid memoir of growing up way down south, from Boston Globe reporter Wilkie. Read full book review >
SKY OF STONE by Homer Hickam
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"This concluding volume has the feel of literary durability about it, even more than the much-ballyhooed Rocket Boys (1998)."
Hickam's third installment in his bestselling memoir (The Coalwood Way, 2000, etc.) about coal country West Virginia is, pleasingly, more leathery than the sentimental earlier material as he attains his college years and must return to Coalwood under difficult circumstances. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 2001

"Philip's family history is alarmingly transporting, and her sense of place so rich you can taste it."
An exquisite rendering of a Hudson Valley family farm, as detailed and colored as a Persian miniature, from Philip (English/Colgate Univ.; The Road Through Miyama, 1989). Read full book review >
FIRE by Sebastian Junger
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Deeply affecting stories of a ruthless world, natural and man-made, that will leave you stunned and distraught."
Run-for-cover writing from scary places, by Junger (A Perfect Storm, 1997), a man with an appetite for the ragged edge of life and the ability to write about it with restrained power. Read full book review >
SAVAGE BEAUTY by Nancy Milford
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"An essential biography of a unique and important poet—written with lush detail and delicious language, and displaying enormous care, craft, and compassion. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
After 30 years, Milford (Zelda, 1970) returns with another definitive biography of another significant literary figure. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"A powerful prose-poem whose subject is the language of love—and the poet who sang in no other tongue. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A passionate paean to the writer Epstein calls "America's foremost love poet." Read full book review >
AVA’S MAN by Rick Bragg
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A book that flashes with affection and respect for Charlie and the vanishing culture he represents, one we will be immensely the poorer for losing."
The story of a man who could charm a bird off a wire, beat the tar out of a threat, dandle a baby, tend a still, and smile—no, live—right through the meanest poverty the South could throw at him, from New York Times reporter and Pulitzer-winner Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin', 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >