Search Results: "Marilyn Yalom"


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A HISTORY OF THE WIFE by Marilyn Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"No startling new insights here, but a useful and refreshingly cheerful overview of women's changing roles in marriage and society."
An upbeat history of the evolution of marriage, "wifedom," and women's status through European and American history. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE BREAST by Marilyn Yalom
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"The bibliography, however, is a gem for any starting student. (98 illustrations) (Author tour)"
Sacred, erotic, domestic, even civic incarnations of the breast from Paleolithic times to the present in an ambitious catalogue of necessarily selective cultural history. ``I intend to make you think about women's breasts as you never have before,'' asserts Yalom, senior scholar at Stanford's Institute of Women and Gender (Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIRTH OF THE CHESS QUEEN by Marilyn Yalom
Released: May 1, 2004

"Often enlightening, but approaches daffiness when the epilogue invites us to place the chess queen alongside the Amazon, the Earth Mother, and the Virgin Mary, or to consider Hilary Rodham Clinton as a chess-queen incarnate. (b&w photos throughout; 13 color plates not seen)"
Some tenuous speculations about the co-emergence of powerful political women and the most puissant piece on the chessboard. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1993

"A sound though scattered exposition, then, and a good basis for future research."
Yalom (a researcher at Stanford's Institute for Women and Gender Studies; Maternity, Morality, and the Literature of Madness, 1985, etc.—not reviewed) offers a diffuse literary and feminist perspective on the 138 memoirs of the French Revolution written by women (out of a total of 1,502). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Yalom's prose occasionally seems a bit breathless for an octogenarian author, but her first-person confidences give this an engagingly informal tone that matches the relatively light treatment of its subject."
Cultural historian Yalom (Birth of the Chess Queen, 2004, etc.) explicates Gallic attitudes toward the not-always-so-tender passion. Read full book review >

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THE SOCIAL SEX by Marilyn Yalom
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Such unsupportable assertions, heartfelt though they may be, undermine the authors' considerable research."
How sisterhood has flourished throughout history. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"These six engrossing narratives are very valuable gleanings from a master therapist's professional and personal experience."
Six long psychotherapy narratives—four based on actual cases, two fictional—that comprise a worthy sequel to the author's bestselling Love's Executioner: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy (1989). Read full book review >

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THE SPINOZA PROBLEM by Irvin D. Yalom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

"Imaginative and erudite."
As much intellectual exploration as novel, Yalom's latest (The Schopenhauer Cure, 2005, etc.) fictional foray into philosophy connects Baruch Spinoza and an agent of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT by Irvin D. Yalom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"A delectable fantasy—in which the sole disappointment is that it didn't actually occur."
Freud's mentor, Josef Breuer, attempts to cure Friedrich Nietzsche of suicidal despair in the clinics, cemeteries, and coffeehouses of 19th-century Vienna—in this first novel by the author of the bestselling Love's Executioner: an entertaining and highly original tale of an uncompromising friendship between two brilliant men. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOPENHAUER CURE by Irvin D. Yalom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2005

"Yalom risks occasional prosiness and inflation to present a moving debate about the end of life—a debate doubly rooted in fictional experience and philosophical wisdom."
Yalom continues his fictional traversal of philosophy and psychotherapy (Momma and the Meaning of Life, 1999, etc.) with this beautifully wrought tale of a therapy group's final year. Read full book review >

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CREATURES OF A DAY by Irvin D. Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch."
The doctor is in, and he's ready to listen—and allow us the chance to eavesdrop as he does. Read full book review >

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LYING ON THE COUCH by Irvin D. Yalom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 1996

"A marvelous examination of how psychiatrists actually think, building to a vision of a community healthy and mature enough to confront its deepest and most persistent fears. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The author of the nonfiction Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy (1989) and the novel When Nietzsche Wept (1992) now takes up the most vexing issue facing psychiatry: the boundaries of treatment. Read full book review >