Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 13, 1994

"Thought-provoking, even amusing at points, but seriously weakened by polemics, psychobabble, and an underdeveloped premise."
A deft account of psychotherapist Siegel's middle-aged coming-out process, interwoven with sometimes original, sometimes questionable analyses of the life stages of gay men. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 8, 1994

"A provocative study, albeit one that occasionally reads like a PhD thesis, of how scientific ideas operate in the real world."
An anthropologist's erudite report on how our ideas about the body (and society) are undergoing a dramatic shift. Read full book review >

BALSAMROOT by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Sagebrush and sage."
As Blew (All But the Waltz, 1991) watches her long-idolized aunt Imogene slide into dementia, she wisely analyzes past and present to create a stronger self and a more honest future. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"The science is clear, the issues are well articulated, and the human beings are artfully portrayed."
An award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter chronicles the troubling world of organ transplantation. Read full book review >
GENDER OUTLAW by Kate Bornstein
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Bornstein's witty style, personal approach, and frankness open doors to questioning gender assumptions and boundaries."
A thoughtful challenge to gender ideology that continually asks difficult questions about identity, orientation, and desire. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Though this collection suffers from a dense academic style and does not significantly build on Chodorow's previous work, it nonetheless provides a provocative reminder that these are complex issues and that humans, with their capacity for individual variation, are complicated subjects."
Feminist theorist Chodorow conducts a complex, uneven, though occasionally intriguing investigation of some of the more controversial aspects of Freud's (and others', from Klein to Lacan) work on sex, gender, and psychoanalysis. Read full book review >
FAT AND FURIOUS by Judi Hollis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Hollis offers the usual self-help lingo, realistically, if sometimes simplistically, examining issues of power and gender to offer a slightly different approach to eating disorders. (Author tour)"
Hollis (Fat is a Family Affair, not reviewed) maps the journey of self-examination that women must take to heal food obsessions She contends that we are seeing epidemic levels of compulsive eating, anorexia, and bulimia, and that these eating disorders stem from rage toward the ``mother-daughter wound'' as mothers, not knowing any better, pass on lies, pain, and disappointment to their daughters. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Highly recommended—convincing and comprehensive."
Its subtitle notwithstanding, this is not a polemic but a cool and balanced analysis of our ailing health care system. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF VICTORIAN SEXUALITY by Michael Mason
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Hard to imagine why anyone would prefer this volume to Gay's, or even read it afterward."
Of the many books since the 1960s that claim to overturn the clichÇ of Victorian prudery, this is surely the least interesting, persuasive, and readable. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A mix of the personal and the political with the occasional misstep."
Although novelist, memoirist, and poet Monette (Becoming a Man, 1992, etc.) is sometimes vituperative, his language is always sharp in these essays. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A holistic health lecture, loaded with personal anecdotes and research data, that often sounds as though it were being delivered from a pulpit."
An ambitious, sometimes ponderous, examination of the nature of health by the director of the corporate health program at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"General readers will certainly be challenged, but this is not a law book for lawyers only."
Rigorous study of the constitutional right to choose reproductive technology, by law professor/legal bioethicist Robertson (Univ. of Texas, Austin). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >