Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"If the book has a weakness, it's the final chapter on current understanding and treatment of stuttering: a touch lackluster compared with the lively and amusing history that precedes it."
A surprisingly entertaining essay on stuttering, chock full of hey-listen-to-this and did-you-ever-know-that anecdotes, plus, for sufferers, an account of a therapy that worked for the author. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"But it is highly recommended for medical ethicists and anyone concerned about the AIDS epidemic and how HIV research is conducted."
Painstaking analysis of the knotty ethical problems involved in human-subjects research, and a well-thought-out proposal for a community approach to conducting field trials for an HIV vaccine. Read full book review >

NO VOICE IS EVER WHOLLY LOST by Louise J. Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Occasionally bogged down in overanalysis, but generally a probing, sensitive, and finely crafted work that deserves a wide readership among clinicians and laypeople."
A wide-ranging, profound study of how the primal human dialogue between parent and child continues after the death of one partner through various adaptive strategies by the survivor. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"That's for sure. (First serial to Good Housekeeping, Modern Maturity, and Penthouse; Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
More Wisdom Lite from the Seattle sage (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 31, 1995

"And that's not bad at all. (line drawings)"
Holland (One's Company, 1992, etc.) presents a collection of exemplary little essays in praise of a lot of her favorite things. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 29, 1995

"Essential reading for anyone concerned with the debate on issues of public health and medical research."
Pulling no punches and dodging no controversy, Proctor dives into the politics of cancer research. Read full book review >
FEMALE FETISHISM by Lorraine Gamman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 1995

"Intriguing and almost—but not quite—persuasive. (13 illustrations, not seen)"
A potentially controversial suggestion that women fetishize food, among other things. Read full book review >
A SISTERMONY by Richard Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1995

"An unheralded master, Stern has penned a small masterpiece, an intimate, cherishable American classic on death and dying—and sisterhood. (Photos)"
Hoping to capture ``the special, unrealized gift of sisterness,'' fiction writer Stern (English/Univ. of Chicago; Shares, 1992, etc.) even invents a word—sistermony—to describe this extraordinary memoir of his sister's death and legacy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 1995

"More successful as a self-portrait than as a reasoned argument for policy change."
A strangely unfocused, rambling book by a doctor who'd like to change the way physicians regard patients. Read full book review >
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE NOW by Meredith Maran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1995

"Maran is engaging, but she's not self-critical enough, as if unaware that there's nothing particularly unusual these days about Bay Area lesbian mothers who eat tofu, ride bicycles, and participate in Zen meditation groups."
The late Jerry Rubin notwithstanding, not all '60s survivors sold out to the junk-bond culture of the '80s when the first gray hair sprouted. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF HETEROSEXUALITY by Jonathan Ned Katz
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 1995

"A courageous challenge to reconsider heterosexuality's privileged position in modern society."
Arguing that heterosexuality was invented, Katz (Gay America, not reviewed) traces the concept to its tenuous roots. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1995

"Students of history and policy should pay heed."
A trenchant deconstruction of much-ballyhooed revelations (in Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, by Anthony Summers, 1993) that longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was gay—plus an analysis of Hoover's policies toward sex and crime. 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 >