Monthly Archives: February 2006

Revisiting the Kallikaks

Minds Made Feeble: The Myth and Legacy of the Kallikaks — By J. David Smith I first read about the Kallikak family as a child, reading my parents’ copy of “You and Heredity” by Amram Scheinfeld. This was one of … Continue reading

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The Ape Within

Our Inner Ape : A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are — by Frans De Waal I remember reading Desmond Morris’s famous The Naked Ape when I was about eighteen. I found it fascinating, and I am … Continue reading

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A Daughter's Story

Fierce Attachments: A Memoir — By Vivian Gornick Deborah Tannen’s You’re Wearning That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation uses several examples from Gornick’s memoir, which attracted my interest to this book. Gornick writes of growing up in a Bronx … Continue reading

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Mothers and Daughters

You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation — By Deborah Tannen I have always liked Deborah Tannen’s books, especially That’s Not What I Meant! and You Just Don’t Understand: Men and Women in Conversation. And I was very … Continue reading

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The Massie Affair

Honor Killing : How the Infamous “Massie Affair” Transformed Hawai’i — By David E. Stannard In 1931, something happens to Thalia Massie, the young wife of a Naval officer stationed in Hawai’i, but it almost certainly wasn’t what she said: … Continue reading

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