Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Bernstein's prose is sharp and his profiles are sensitive, but we are left wanting to know more about his own family's struggles with homophobia."
A compelling portrait of straight parents involved in the gay rights movement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

This rambling account of sacred pleasures from the beginning of time to the present is more intuitive than scholarly. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Professional colleagues may persevere, but the stilted, redundant prose may well discourage those less dedicated. (charts and diagrams)"
A dull examination of the idea that a certain set of symptoms commonly afflicts ambitious, talented young women growing up in societies that value males over females. Read full book review >
I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER, ANYWAY by Edith Kunhardt Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1995

A raw outpouring of grief and guilt from a mother who lost her son. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 1995

A disjointed tale of medical detection and scientific research that begins with personal disaster for six drug addicts and ends with new hope for countless sufferers from Parkinson's disease. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1995

"A great treat for fans of medical lore."
Eight brief chronicles of medical detection by the late RouechÇ (Sea to Shining Sea, 1986, etc.), whose ``Annals of Medicine'' pieces in the New Yorker established him as a master of the genre. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Sensitive in describing personal experiences but lacking in historical and theological depth—an illustration of how theology can become the handmaid of therapy."
An enthusiastic account of how the 12th-century labyrinth in Chartres' cathedral has become a tool for rediscovering the feminine in San Francisco. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Occasionally repetitious and overly detailed, but in toto a spirited account of changing American mores. (35 b&w photos, not seen)"
A nosedive into the American obsession with cleanliness that explains how this middle-class attitude was formed. Read full book review >
PERMANENT MIDNIGHT by Jerry Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like a horrible accident, the memoir morbidly compels attention, but Stahl's self-excoriating wisecracks often trivialize the true ghastliness of his experience, reducing it to exploitation-flick flatness. (First serial to Esquire)"
The itinerary of a hack writer's nightmarish journey through junkie hell. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

Hite raises some audacious and crucial questions about sexual socialization in the family while conspicuously shying away from others. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

More-of-the-same sequel to last year's best-selling Motherless Daughters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Nevertheless, an urgent, transparent style coupled with important subject matter result in a probing account of contemporary pain."
Extraordinarily well written popular psychology that dissects the complex power relations between modern lovers and within their societies. ``I doubt that anyone before our own era...expected marriage to make up for the pain of history,'' comments clinical psychologist Miller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >