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Philosophy & Psychology
Advocates for Animals: An Inside Look at
Some of the Extraordinary Efforts to End
By Lori B. Girshick.
Sept. 2017. 244p. Rowman & Littlefield, $38
(9781442253193); e-book, $37.99 (9781442253209).
Social justice issues like LGBTQI rights
and female prisoners’ rights have long been
Girshick’s (No Safe Haven: Stories of Women
in Prison, 1999) concern. Her new book is
on animal rights and protections, advocacy
for which focuses on cruelty prevention, factory farms, and spaying/neutering. Besides
those matters, Girshick discusses such issues as the problem of feral cats and sensible
control of them through TNR (trap, neuter,
release) and how animal sanctuaries may not
always make the welfare of their inhabitants
a priority. Each chapter tackles a specific issue and is chock-full of interviews with and
anecdotes from activists who work with the
issue. The book is heavily footnoted and contains an appendix, so it could lend itself for
discussion groups or educational purposes.
Readers can decide if they agree with one
interviewee’s belief that animal welfare is a
social justice issue because it addresses how
we humans treat other “sentient beings with
their own desires, relationships, and fami-
lies.” —Joan Curbow
Freud: The Making of an Illusion.
By Frederick Crews.
Aug. 2017. 768p. Holt/Metropolitan, $40
Writing in 1922 to Sigmund Freud, the
disgruntled husband of a woman undergoing
psychoanalysis challenged the famous psy-
chologist: “Great Doctor, are you a savant or a
charlatan?” In this devastat-
ing exposé, Crews answers
that question with stun-
ning clarity. The marvel that
Crews labors to illuminate
is Freud’s success in hiding
his charlatanry while erect-
ing a towering reputation
as a visionary therapist who
healed individual patients while ushering the
entire world into a new era freed from stul-
tifying inhibitions. Why has Freud’s iconic
cultural image endured even as psychiatric
science has discredited his psychological theo-
rizing? Readers soon realize that the Master
cunningly rendered his new paradigm of the
mind secure against empirical critique by
transforming it into a cult faith sustained by
fiercely loyal disciples. But Crews relentlessly
shreds the deceptions that Freudians even
now try to maintain. Trumpeted as a daring
breakthrough, Freudianism incorporated con-
cepts the Viennese physician borrowed from
mentors he idolized, then betrayed. Framed
as the distillation of lessons learned through
successful treatments of many patients,
Freud’s psychoanalytic method, Crews argues
forcefully, emerged with a thin—and men-
daciously edited—case history. Disguised as
objective truth, Freudianism bore the marks
of its creator’s deep-seated insecurities—and
guilt. This thorough dismantling of one of
modernity’s founding figures is sure to be met
with controversy. —Bryce Christensen
Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of
By Lori Erickson.
Sept. 2017. 260p. illus. Fortress, $24.99
Globe-trotting travel writer Erickson isn’t
interested in recommending the best hotels,
restaurants, resorts, and the like. No, her
goal is God as she searches out a host of places sacred to the world’s religions, traditional
and, well, nontraditional (looking for elves
in Iceland, anyone?). Thus, her peripatetic
journeys are not pleasant vacations but pilgrimages, instead, and they are twofold: the
exterior experiences she shares and the interior ones that chart her spiritual evolution
from Lutheran to Wiccan, from Unitarian
Universalist to Native American spirit animal, and from Buddhist to Episcopalian, the
last of which proves to be her ultimate spiritual destination as she becomes a deacon.
Along the way, she shares the pilgrimages
that take her to such disparate places as
Ephesus and Iona, Machu Picchu and South
Dakota’s Bear Butte, Lourdes and Bloomington, Indiana. She offers the history and
background of each place she visits as well as
what revelations she has experienced there.
As a seeker, she shares what she has sought,
and one senses her journeys have only begun.
One wishes her Godspeed. —Michael Cart
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.
By Stephen Greenblatt.
Sept. 2017. 368p. illus. Norton, $27.95
Alive in the painting of van Eyck, the etching
of Dürer, and the poetry of Milton, Adam and
Eve fascinate Greenblatt, who marvels at how
much this primal pair have shaped Western
culture. Probing the history
of the biblical account of
human origins, readers learn
how sharply it differs from
the Mesopotamian creation
myth that Hebrew exiles
encountered during their
time in Babylon. Unlike the
Mesopotamian myth, which
depicts Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s triumph over
adversity, Genesis chronicles the universal
Politics and splashy fiction take top bidding in our latest list of high-demand titles. Look for reviews in forthcoming issues of Booklist. —Annie Bostrom
Artemis. By Andy Weir. Crown, $27 (9780553448122). Nov.
The author of the cosmically successful The Martian (2014) returns with a thriller starring a female protagonist set in the first lunar city.
The Neighborhood. By Mario Vargas Llosa. Farrar, $26 (9780374155124). Feb. 2018.
Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa’s latest concerns two powerful couples in Lima, Peru, who
become dangerously involved in the corruption and politics of their city in the 1990s.
Untitled Memoir. By Hillary Rodham Clinton. Simon & Schuster, $30 (9781501175565). Sept.
Hotly anticipated, Clinton’s forthcoming memoir promises to candidly reveal her experience as the first woman to run for president.
The Wife between Us. By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. St. Martin’s, $26.99
(9781250130921). Jan. 2018.
A strong publicity push will back debut-author Hendricks and women’s-fiction star
Pekkanen’s collaboration, which just might draw comparisons to a certain Girl on the Train.
You Can’t Spell America without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (a So-Called Parody). By Alec Baldwin and
Kurt Andersen. Penguin, $29 (9780525521990). Nov.
The title of this satire by frequent Saturday Night Live Trump-impersonator Baldwin
and novelist and radio-host Andersen says it all—expect plenty of interest from readers looking for a laugh.