Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

EVERYDAY MATTERS by Nardi Reeder Campion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"A memoir to savor for its many riches and, most of all, its zest."
Humorous and insightful chronicle of a long life filled with interesting friends and experiences, shared for nearly six decades with an exceptional man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"Perceptive, thoughtful—and thought-provoking—with abundant moments of insight."
Intensely personal essays explore autobiography as a means of creative self-examination. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A Plimptonesque revel, and one of the most entertaining business books to come around in a long while."
A young journalist breaks into the mostly male world of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and learns a life lesson: "It always surprises me how greedy I really am." Read full book review >
THE STORIES OF ENGLISH by David Crystal
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A dense, significant history. Had it been shorter and otherwise more reader-friendly, it could have made waves. Regrettably, only ripples will likely ensue. (9 b&w illustrations; 12 maps)"
A celebrated linguist argues that all versions of English are created equal and that the reign of Emily Post-prescriptivists who insist that Standard English is "right" and all the rest "wrong" is nearing its end. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2004

"A genuine page-turner: the weak-willed will lose sleep."
Captivating compilation of interviews with people in the arts, all first broadcast on Fresh Air. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"The way history should be written. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A murder case in Detroit lies at the heart of labor scholar Boyle's wide-ranging examination of race relations early in the 20th century. Read full book review >
NO MAN’S RIVER by Farley Mowat
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A superior example of Mowat's chronicling powers, illuminating a grand Canadian region that was about to change forever."
Master wilderness storyteller Mowat (High Latitudes, 2003, etc.) spins a rousing tale of travels through the Canadian Far North during 1947, darkened a bit by forebodings about the future. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2004

"An emotional demonstration that Humpty Dumpty can be put together again. (Illustrations)"
Stylistically innovative memoir of the author's father, who killed himself in 1974 when she was five. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"A blissful travel book transfixed on a specially favored geography, and an intriguing chapter in the author's ongoing personal history. (English/Maori glossaries; b&w photos, not seen)"
Masson, seeker of animal wisdom and human truth (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats, 2002, etc.), pens a love letter to New Zealand. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An extraordinary, fascinating set of firsthand accounts from the revolutionary era."
Poignant documents on the collapse of an old world, mixed with learned commentary: an outstanding work of history. Read full book review >
POLITICS by Hendrik Hertzberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2004

"Superb writing, subtle thinking. Just the thing for politics junkies and journalism buffs, especially those wondering who merits wearing Izzy Stone's mantle today."
One of American journalism's brightest intellectual lights shines forth in a fine—and long overdue—selection from four decades of work. Read full book review >
THE CHURCH THAT FORGOT CHRIST by Jimmy Breslin
RELIGION
Released: July 6, 2004

"The authorities will cry foul, but you can bet American Catholics will be reading and discussing Breslin's latest—and justly so."
A searing indictment of the faithful against a church that has failed their faith, with legendary New York newsman Breslin driving the nails into the cathedral door. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >