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Value Judgments
     

Value Judgments

by Ellen Goodman
 
In "Value Judgments", Ellen Goodman takes the measure of contemporary American life with the originality, common sense, and humane insight that have made her one of our most trusted and admired commentators. This book collects more than 120 of the best pieces from Goodman's renowned column, revealing her striking mind and sharp wit as she applies them to a range of

Overview

In "Value Judgments", Ellen Goodman takes the measure of contemporary American life with the originality, common sense, and humane insight that have made her one of our most trusted and admired commentators. This book collects more than 120 of the best pieces from Goodman's renowned column, revealing her striking mind and sharp wit as she applies them to a range of topics as broad as America itself. Her enduring subject, she tells us in the book's introduction, is "the world as we experience it, a place where life spills over the retaining walls"-- and whether she is reflecting on the abortion wars, the changing roles of men and women, or the tensions and consolations of marriage and family life, her distinctive blend of cool reasonableness and sudden intuition strikes the reader again and again as the voice of our common wisdom. In everything she writes, Goodman is in search of our values, our "ethics and standards, the qualities in life that mean the most to us. The things that matter." Always genuine, continually provocative, surprising, and beguiling, "Value Judgments" leaves the reader with a refreshed and deepened understanding of the complex world that is ours.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
True to her book's title, Boston Globe syndicated columnist Goodman makes many value judgments in this collection of some 130 columns. She advocates lifting the ban on gays in the military; gives credence to Anita Hill's sexual harassment charges against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas; and lashes Woody Allen for failure to distinguish right from wrong in having an affair with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter. Goodman's pithy style and keen insights inform her essays on money and marriage, race relations, overpopulation, teaching children about sex, and urban squirrels as exemplars of adaptabilty and flat-out nerve. Although topical pieces on Madonna, the William Kennedy Smith date-rape trial and other fleeting events have lost their fizz, the columns, on balance, hold up well as a search for values in an age when parents neglect or abandon their children and children legally ``divorce'' their parents. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Goodman has produced her fifth volume of collected columns (following Making Sense , LJ 8/89; Keeping in Touch , LJ 10/15/85; At Large , LJ 9/1/81; and Close to Home , LJ 12/1/79). Goodman, who describes the primary subject matter of her writing as a search for or explanation of values, here strives to reclaim the importance and legitimacy of making value judgments for both individuals and the community. Ranging in her coverage from the political campaign of 1992 to living and dying in a high-tech age, Goodman explores the ongoing individual and social struggles over values. Readers familiar with her work will find the moderately progressive and feminist stance of her pieces predictable, though the works themselves are well written. Recommended for collections where Goodman's earlier works have circulated well and for journalism collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.-- Judy Solberg, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060976590
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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