Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"A bitter and ugly little book."
A resentful, angry woman shares her feelings about the sheer awfulness of taking care of a severely disabled husband. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"For those familiar with Benson's work, there's not much new here."
An elaboration, a rehash even, of Benson's Beyond the Relaxation Response: How to Harness the Healing Power of Your Beliefs (1984). Read full book review >

INVENTING THE AIDS VIRUS by Peter H. Duesberg
NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 1996

"Four appendixes (not seen) include articles on HIV by Duesberg in scientific journals."
A well-credentialed scientist's hard-driving attack on the accepted view that AIDS is an infectious disease caused by HIV. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 1996

"Uninhibited, upbeat, and opinionated. (First serial to Cosmopolitan and Fitness; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A spirited account of how hormones influence gender differences and sexual behaviors, along with advice on how to take control of these potent biochemical forces. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 1996

"The authors' warning may seem alarmist to many, but in view of the potential threat to humanity as a whole, it would be folly to ignore it. (Author tour)"
A new exposÇ points out the threat of chemical pollutants that mimic the hormones in our bodies, undercutting the natural cycles of growing organisms. Read full book review >

PIANO LESSONS by Noah Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1996

"Warm and fuzzy reading from a warm and fuzzy guy; just be happy that you don't have to hear him play. (Author tour)"
A report on surviving the midlife crisis while tickling the ivories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1996

Straight from the heart and the boob tube, Montel's memoir offers simplistic, ``as seen on TV'' solutions to complex problems. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A compelling, well-documented account, certain to be compared to Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On. (Author tour)"
A relentless, meticulous, and highly persuasive exposÇ by a journalist who spent nine years investigating the medical research establishment's failure to take seriously chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Read full book review >
HEAVEN'S COAST by Mark Doty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"A book very much like grief itself in that it's sometimes awkward, often uncontrolled, and always deeply felt."
Asking, ``What does a writer do, when the world collapses, but write?,'' Doty, whose world collapsed when his lover died, gives an answer that's both generous and indulgent. Read full book review >
AM I THIN ENOUGH YET? by Sharlene Hesse-Biber
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Too academic to have wide appeal, but likely to stimulate lively discussion in classes devoted to women's studies."
A tendentious argument by a feminist sociologist that eating disorders are the product of patriarchal social and economic interests that regard women primarily as wives, mothers, and decorative objects. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"For women who make choices other than having children, some comfort and copious intellectual support, but despite Lisle's own emotional investment, surprisingly without ardor."
Heavily weighted to history, a defense of women who, by choice or by chance, are not mothers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A reader would want to be on the guest list at one of von Beltz's parties. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A name-dropping, often funny account by one of California's golden girls who, paralyzed from the neck down after a car crash, prevailed over predictions that she faced life as nothing more than a ``talking head'' and death within five years. 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 >