Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A tour de force."
Carey's debut is at once an Irish home-reconstruction comedy, a requiem for Fire Island friends, and a treasury of Broadway gossip, all for the love of Mammie. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS ON EXILE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch."
A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF SUCCESS by Robert B. Reich
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"A work that should inspire citizens and policy makers to reflect on where we are going and if we really want to go there."
Former Secretary of Labor Reich (Locked in the Cabinet, not reviewed) considers the promise and problems of the new economy. Read full book review >
THE ADVERSARY by Emmanuel Carrère
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"True-life crime, bald and sordid, told with the quality of a weightless incantation."
A grim recounting—almost a slice of living theater—of a loathsome crime committed in France nearly ten years ago, from French novelist Carrère (Class Trip, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Despite a few missteps (e.g., a poke at Yale for having students read the clichéd 'dead, white European males'), a raw and searing remembrance of negotiating the remaining American fault lines of race and class."
The daughter of novelist Alice Walker delivers a stunning memoir about the confusion, uncertainty, and anger she felt straddling her mother's African-American culture and her father's Jewish one. Read full book review >
MATTERS OF STATE by Philip Hamburger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Marvelous, gentle, uncynical, lyrical—everything that American politics itself is not."
More than 50 years' worth of reminiscences from a longtime political observer. Read full book review >
TO KILL A NATION by Michael Parenti
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Extremely disturbing, but, for the brave, jolting and necessary reading."
Prominent social critic Parenti (History as Mystery, 1999, etc.) pens a fierce, elegantly constructed elegy not just for the lives sacrificed in the Balkan wars, but for concepts of national sovereignty and constitutionality, which appear to be lost to a corporate-sanctioned new world order. Read full book review >
PINOCHET AND ME by Marc Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A powerful page-turner—its only flaw is its brevity."
A thrilling yet heartrending account of an American journalist's experiences in Chile from the rise of Allende to the trial of Pinochet. Read full book review >
A GENTLEMAN OF COLOR by Julie Winch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Indefatigable research and lucid prose combine to produce a book whose importance cannot be overstated. (16 halftones, not seen)"
Rigorously researched and creatively imagined biography of an African-American who fought in the American Revolution, amassed a small fortune, and fought slavery and racial discrimination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A love story of rare quality: intelligent, wise, and, above all, generous in spirit and understanding."
In a perfectly pitched and insightful account, physician David Gurewitsch's widow lovingly recalls her husband's abiding friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >
ANTHONY BLUNT by Miranda Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many books recount Blunt's espionage; this one is a complete biography that does him justice. (16 illustrations)"
British journalist Carter limns the complex life and fascinating times of the eminent art historian best known for being exposed in 1979 as a former Soviet spy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >