Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

WRITING AND LIFE by Michael Lydon
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1995

"Writing and Life conveys some of Lydon's enthusiasm for the written word, but too much of his analysis and reading list is leftover from freshman composition courses."
Half guidebook and half chapbook, Lydon's (Boogie Lighting, 1973) middling, middlebrow sequence of essays explores his lifelong love of ``real'' writing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The personal narratives here are compelling, but unfortunately, Chandler seems determined not to let his readers identify with his subjects. (Author tour)"
The textured perspective that emerges in candid and quirky interviews with gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth is marred by a reductive approach to sexuality. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. Read full book review >
BANISHING THE BEAST by Lucy Bland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Packed with historical details, this work captures the spirit and conflicts of feminist thought. (13 illustrations, not seen)"
A superb examination of early feminist politics. Read full book review >
A NEW PRESCRIPTION FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH by Bernadine Healy
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"At the end of each chapter she gives a list of questions women should ask their doctors and prescriptions for what women can do politically and personally to help bring about cures or at least relief from their medical vulnerability."
From former director of the National Institutes of Health Healy, the first woman to hold that position, comes this guide to everything women ever wanted to know about their health but were afraid to ask the male-oriented medical establishment. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"What could have been a compelling discussion about the imagination is cluttered with conservative biases and false interpretations of social scientific data. (illustrations, not seen)"
Hudson and Jacot (The Way Men Think, 1992) make a perplexing and incoherent effort to analogize intimacy and art. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An uneven social history that reveals more about the author than about the girls she interviewed."
Juicy narratives of teen romance, marred by academic prose and questionable interpretations and conclusions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Powerful and rewarding. (Author tour)"
Truly compelling portraits of eight AIDS patients, written by a physician gifted with compassion, humor, and an eye for telling detail. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Despite such burdens, Harris's four married couples endure through better and worse, making this a useful survival manual for newlyweds."
An absorbing look at the complicated, ever-changing institution of marriage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 24, 1995

"An inspired idea that fails to deliver the optimistic message of progress the author promises."
A working mother paints the portraits of five role models: women who combined extraordinary achievement with lasting marriage, to varying degrees of success. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"Striving to be fair to the Victorians, Anderson draws up a largely positive balance sheet, but she tends to lose sight of the unhappy, helpless, and isolated victims of the period's sexual fears."
An enthusiastic endorsement of the healthy and passionate sex lives of the Victorians. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"Fascinating stories, but told with a reductionist analysis."
Fifteen all-too-brief case studies that show how abusive or emotionally neglectful father figures can permanently scar their children's lives. 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 >