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Argiri, Laura. “Mass Historia.” Village Voice 40, No. 20 (16 May 1995): 82, 84.

Argiri offers a positive assessment of Poison, praising Harrison's sensuous prose and historical accuracy.

Bush, Trudy. “Putting a Life in Order.” Christian Century 114, No. 17 (21 May 1997): 519–23.

Bush offers a negative assessment of The Kiss.

Chisholm, Anne. “Honey under the Silk.” Observer (25 June 1995): 16.

Chisholm offers a negative assessment of A Thousand Orange Trees, arguing that the novel lacks emotional impact.

Crossen, Cynthia. “Know Thy Father.” Wall Street Journal CCXXIX, No. 43 (4 March 1997): A16.

Crossen offers a negative assessment of The Kiss.

Dickstein, Mindi. “A Woman Trapped in Her Father's Photos.” Chicago Tribune Books (21 February 1993): 5, 11.

Dickstein commends Harrison's use of multiple narrative forms—first and third person passages, court transcripts, and letters—to tell the story in Exposure.

Emerson, Sally. “Sins of the Fathers.” Washington Post Book World 21, No. 23 (9 June 1991): 11.

Emerson offers a positive assessment of Thicker Than Water, praising Harrison's attention to lyrical dialogue.

Fields, Suzanne. Review of The Kiss, by Kathryn Harrison. Insight on the News 13, No. 17 (12 May 1997): 48.

Field offers a negative assessment of The Kiss and states that the memoir is an example of how modern culture has lost its moral compass.

Hall-Balduf, Susan. “Women Bound at the Feet and by Expectations.” Detroit Free Press (4 June 2000): 4E.

Hall-Balduf offers a positive assessment of The Binding Chair, praising Harrison's ability to hold readers' attention with her prose.

Harrison, Kathryn with Mary Gordon. “Sex with Daddy.” Harper's Bazaar, No. 3425 (April 1997): 136–37.

Gordon interviews Harrison about the difficult personal situations portrayed in The Kiss and offers her own assessment of the memoir.

Hodo, David W. Review of The Kiss, by Kathryn Harrison. Journal of the American Medical Association 278, No. 8 (27 August 1997): 688.

Hodo offers a positive assessment of The Kiss and recommends the memoir to physicians as a study in taboo and normality.

Linfield, Susie. “Les Liasons Dangereuses.” Los Angeles Times Book Review (11 May 1997): 8.

Linfield offers a positive assessment of The Kiss.

Medwick, Cathleen. “Shattered.” Mirabella 82 (March 1997): 38–42.

Medwick interviews Harrison about the events that inspired The Kiss and the notoriety caused by her memoir.

Mendelson, Daniel. “Hideous Kinky.” New York 33, No. 19 (15 May 2000): 70–71.

Mendelson offers a negative assessment of The Binding Chair and notes that Harrison has the makings of a fine novelist, but her limited range of themes “continues to cripple her work.”

Powers, Elizabeth. “Doing Daddy Down.” Commentary 103, No. 6 (June 1997): 38–41.

Powers offers a negative assessment of The Kiss, arguing that the memoir fails to move readers emotionally with its employment of nonchronological and other unconventional narrative techniques.

Press, Joy. “Bound, not Gagged.” Village Voice 45, No. 20 (23 May 2000): 73–74.

Press interviews Harrison about the reactions of critics and readers to The Kiss.

Scott, R. C. Review of Poison, by Kathryn Harrison. Insight on the News 11, No. 25 (26 June 1995): 24–25.

Scott offers a positive assessment of Poison.

Udovitch, Mim. “The Evil Dads.” New York 30, No. 10 (17 March 1997): 57–58.

Udovitch compares and contrasts The Kiss with Mia Farrow's autobiography, What Falls Away.

Wolcott, James. Review of The Kiss, by Kathryn Harrison. New Republic 216, No. 13 (31 March 1997): 32–36.

Wolcott offers a negative assessment of The Kiss and also discusses Harrison's short story “The Tick.”

Additional coverage of Harrison's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 144; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 68; and Literature Resource Center.

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