Book Report

Our staff's selection of good reads

| May/June 1998

Arousal: Bodies and Pleasures by Martha Roth (Milkweed Editions, $20). This lyrical look at sexual desire through a woman's eyes is intimate, insightful, and thought-provoking -- a pleasure dip for both mind and soul. --Cathy Madison

The Private Death of Public Discourse by Barry Sanders (Beacon, $25). Americans have lost their "interior space," and with it their ability to live a reflective life, Sanders argues. His prescription -- embracing "true literacy" -- is a call to arms for the electronic age. --Craig Cox 

Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching by James A. Autry and Stephen Mitchell (Riverhead, $23.95). The best book to date on how to use Lao-tzu's teachings on noncontrol to navigate the world of business in the late 20th century. --Hugh Delehanty 

Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl by Richard Moe and Carter Wilkie (Holt, $25). Moe (president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation) and Wilkie (an aide to Boston's mayor) map out how America got stuck in suburban sprawl -- and the routes back to a greater sense of community. --Jay Walljasper 

The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma by Alex Kotlowitz (Doubleday, $24.95). Kotlowitz takes a compelling look at the chasm between black and white America, focusing on two Michigan towns divided over the death of a teenage boy. --Andy Steiner 

Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women by Virginia Valian (MIT Press, $30). This well-documented study delivers fresh insight into how hidden beliefs about gender make advancement hard for professional women. --Andrea Martin 

When Autism Strikes: Families Cope with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, edited by Robert A. Catalano, M.D. (Plenum, $19.95). Eight real-life stories of families thrown into chaos by a child's "autistic regression." Not for the weak of heart. --Lynn Phelps 

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