Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

Released: March 1, 2003

"Comfortable as an old cardigan and more than simple nostalgia: a memoir in turns sagacious and poignant, the way it ought to be."
A recollection of the people, the sights, sounds, smells—the feel—of a boyhood in a harsh and splendid time in America. Read full book review >
ALMOST THERE by Nuala O’Faolain
Released: Feb. 24, 2003

"O'Faolain may be 'almost there'—free of turbulence and waste, out of the wild hills and onto calm water—but she may also be constitutionally incapable of such a condition: there's too much grit in her keen eye to let it rest easy upon the world."
With the same emotional spadework as in her bestselling Are You Somebody? (1998), O'Faolain turns over the past half decade to try understanding how and why they happened. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"'Wait. One more memory . . . ' They come in beautiful profusion, coalescing into a young life in a lyric memoir of the utterly vanished."
Between mercurial and leisurely, lush and thorny, jumbled and crystalline, Yale historian Eire's recollection of his Cuban boyhood is to be savored. Read full book review >
SIX DEGREES by Duncan J. Watts
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Well-done, comprehensive overview of a field that's likely to be an important growth area of science."
One of its young pioneers explains the rudiments of network theory, a science almost too new to have a name. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Respectful of both the old and the new cultures, rich in pro forma details and insider gossip alike, and likely to be required airplane reading in business class."
Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Anders (Health Against Wealth, 1996, etc.) crafts a highly readable account of the clash of cultures, gender, and styles that accompanied the changing of the guard at a leading computer manufacturer. Read full book review >

LOST IN AMERICA by Sherwin B. Nuland
Released: Jan. 17, 2003

"Charring and eloquent."
A dark, distressful, and deeply felt memoir of life with father—and its aftershocks—by National Book Award-winner Nuland (How We Die, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"A gem. The author's enthusiasm for her subject and her lighthearted scholarship make this a pleasure to read or just browse. (80 b&w illustrations, 2 appendices)"
English journalist Young takes an engaging journey around the human heart, exploring the manifold meanings that have been attached to this vital human organ. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 7, 2003

"Brings one of the most pivotal figures in 20th-century literature brilliantly to life. (25 b&w photos, not seen. Published in conjunction with the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville, Florida.)"
From Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor and critic Boyd, a definitive biography of the groundbreaking novelist, playwright, and anthropologist. Read full book review >
COAL by Barbara Freese
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"It's dirty, it's cheap, and its past—in Freese's hands—makes for an intriguing, cautionary tale. (Photo insert)"
The history of coal, that unglamorous substance that environmental attorney Freese manages to buff until it shines like its distant cousin the diamond. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 3, 2002

"The rotting underside of a lovely, fragile leaf. Disturbing. (16 b&w photographs; 14 maps, not seen)"
A journalist repudiates the usual Discovery Channel views of the remarkable islands and examines the lives of the many who call the Galápagos home. Read full book review >
THE RURAL LIFE by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Released: Dec. 2, 2002

"Nonfiction storytelling at its highest: unflaggingly lovely, with scope, profundity, and power achieved through a mastering of the delicate."
From the New York Times writer (The Last Fine Time, 1990) and editorial-board member, a gathering of pieces that have appeared over the years (mainly in the Times) quilted into a single year, a chapter a month. Result: captivating, subtle, and splendid. Read full book review >
WHAT I SAW by Joseph Roth
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Poignant and prescient. (35 b&w photos)"
Evocative pieces about life in interbellum Berlin by a Jewish journalist and fiction writer (The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >