Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Altogether superb: an accessible, fluent account that advances scholarship while building a worthy memorial to the victims of two and a half centuries past."
Frontier historian Faragher (Daniel Boone, 1992, etc.) sheds new and revealing light on a shameful campaign of 18th-century ethnic cleansing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Accessible, well-written approach to both Galbraith's life and the larger issues to which he has so effectively devoted his thought: an exemplary intellectual biography."
A fittingly oversized life of the eminent economist, philosopher, writer, and diplomat. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Flintier than Paul Goldberger's Up from Zero (p. 724), unsparingly showing New York City's power brokers taking a nation-bending hole in the ground and mixing into it a witch's brew of ego, politics, greed, and amnesia."
Architectural writer Nobel takes a gimlet-eyed view of the reconstruction process, analyzing how various characters went about filling the multifaceted void left by the erasure of the World Trade Center. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"It's no great revelation that 'all of us could use a good laugh these days,' but this author delivers more than just one, and that makes her special."
A deliriously, levitatingly funny memoir. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF KEHLS by Christine Kehl O’Hagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Rarely is a memoir so worth the terrible effort."
Irish-American O'Hagan, born and raised in Queens, takes her heart and squeezes until it purely aches as she relates how her son's life came to a premature close. Read full book review >

BUGATTI QUEEN by Miranda Seymour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2004

"A stunning portrait, intriguing with unanswerable questions. (Photos throughout)"
The colorful, engrossing story of Helle Nice—exotic dancer, race-car driver, accused Nazi collaborator—told with considerable élan by biographer Seymour (Mary Shelley, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A masterful chronicle of dark and dangerous years, and a distinguished addition to the history of totalitarianism."
A journalist's memoir of her grandmothers also paints an eloquent portrait of two totalitarian powers, the havoc they wrought, and the countless burdens they imposed on ordinary families. Read full book review >
TATTOO FOR A SLAVE by Hortense Calisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A masterpiece of memoir: a volume that soars, sings, and sobs."
A dazzling memoir by the nonagenarian novelist who discovers along the way a most damning document among her family's papers. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >