Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 15, 2000

"A sharp study that raises troubling questions about the integrity of the research underlying much current educational polemic—and the policies that these polemics have inspired."
A repudiation of the fashionable claims of "girl advocates" by controversial social critic Sommers (Who Stole Feminism?, 1994). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2000

"A wake-up call for anyone who cares about the future of American cities."
Another contemporary classic of urban studies from Davis (Ecology of Fear, not reviewed), herald of the good and bad—but mostly bad—times ahead. Read full book review >

YOU CAN’T CATCH DEATH by Ianthe Brautigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A moving and revealing portrait of a daughter's love and an important writer's life."
A daughter remembers her father—the writer Richard Brautigan (, p. 733)—and tells the story of the insuperably cruel legacy left her by his suicide when she was 24. Read full book review >
ROSA PARKS by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"No collection of African-American history should miss this bus."
A graceful, informative biography of the mother of the Civil Rights movement, who wouldn't stand for Jim Crow on her bus. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 26, 2000

"Reportage of the highest order."
A year in an English class in an inner-city public high school. Read full book review >

AMERICA DAY BY DAY by Simone de Beauvoir
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Brainy and imaginative, critical and rhapsodic—and not to be missed."
Originally published in France in 1948, and here translated for the first time into English, this captivating journal records American culture as seen by the young, fiercely intelligent Beauvoir. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN by David Halberstam
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 18, 1998

"A powerful account of a critical time in American history, related in both close-up and wide view."
Another sprawling book from a master journalist and historian (The Fifties, 1993, etc.), this one focusing on the early years of the civil-rights movement and some of its unlikely heroes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"With a third volume to come, this history is taking pride of place among the dozens of fine chronicles of this time of tumult and moral witness in American history."
In this stirring follow-up to his Pulitzer Prizewinning Parting the Waters (1988), Branch recalls the terror, dissension, and courage of the civil-rights movement at its zenith: the mid- 1960s agitation leading to landmark integration and voting-rights legislation. Read full book review >
NEWS OF A KIDNAPPING by Gabriel García Márquez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 4, 1997

"Garcia Marquez's consummate rendering of this hostage-taking looms as the symbol of an entire country held hostage to invisible yet violently ever-present drug lords."
In the same straightforward tone with which he relates the fabulous events of his fiction, Colombia's premier novelist presents the chillingly extraordinary events surrounding the 1992 abduction of ten prominent people by the Medellin drug cartel. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"These interviews pay stirring tribute to 'living repositories of our past, our history."
Chicago radio legend and oral historian Terkel (Race, 1992, etc.), himself an active octogenarian, leads a chorus of 68 senior citizens who vow not to go gentle into that good night. Read full book review >
THE BLUE JAY'S DANCE by Louise Erdrich
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 18, 1995

"Occasionally too self-conscious about the importance of Erdrich's role as Writer, but the bond between mother and infant has rarely been captured so well."
Astute, poetic reflections on the powerful mother-daughter relationship from conception through the baby's first year. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 20, 1995

"Darting, fresh, sensuous, pleasingly elliptical at times, these letters also serve to tether the increasingly deified Carson firmly to earth — just where she'd want to be."
A profusion of artful letters, the greater part from the mellifluous pen of Carson, detailing everyday life while writing The Edge of the Sea and Silent Spring. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >