Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 7, 1992

"Intriguing but—particularly in Apter's reinterpretation of data regarding sensation-seeking—not wholly convincing."
An examination of why humans crave excitement and why excitement has value for both the individual and the culture. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Good feelings galore, but next time, hold those maxims."
A Conservative rabbi (The Healer of Shattered Hearts, 1990) ponders the ways by which words link God and humans. Read full book review >

MAKING LOVE by Richard Rhodes
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A stunning act of self-revelation, bound to create a stir."
Pulitzer-winner Rhodes, apparently galvanized by the overwhelming emotional response to his account of his abused childhood in A Hole in the World (1990), pushes still deeper into forbidden territory with this frank exploration of how he learned to heal his wounds, largely unconsciously, through sex. Read full book review >
HOT AND BOTHERED by Wendy Dennis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Move over, Nancy Friday."
Canadian journalist Dennis surveys the contemporary sexual landscape and finds it mostly a hostile desert with a few oases and many mirages. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as gripping as its title implies, but, still, a thoughtful contribution to the literature on a controversial subject."
Bosk (Sociology/Univ. of Penn) examines the work of genetic counselors at a pseudonymous large urban clinical-and-research center, dubbed here the ``Nightingale Children's Center,'' and then casts a critical eye on his own research techniques. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"And that there are scientists like Rosenberg doing their all to make the therapy work."
The exciting story of an idea whose time has come—and of the man who pioneered it. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unique and important in recent addiction literature: a very fine achievement."
Brilliant and terrifying evocation of the crack monster devouring Washington, D.C., coupled with addicts' biographies. Read full book review >
REAL MAGIC by Wayne W. Dyer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Dyer's strength is in popularizing these thinkers and their ideas for the mainstream; his weakness is in a certain whiff of infatuation with his own celebrity that now and then wafts up from his pages."
Dyer (You'll See It When You Believe It, 1989, etc.) recaps the major tenets of New Age thinking—power meditation, unified field theory, mind-body healing, and prosperity consciousness, to name a few. ``Real magic,'' according to Dyer, is the seemingly miraculous response of the environment to a unity of purpose and belief in the individual. Read full book review >
SHE WENT TO WAR by Rhonda Cornum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A fast-paced story as much about war and one remarkable woman as about the tenacity of the human spirit. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map—not seen.)"
A soldier's story of the Gulf War—with a twist: The author, who was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, is a woman, wife, and mother, as well as a flight surgeon in the army. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Impressively researched: a worthy addition to the study of women's need for increased control of their own lives."
A feminist asks: Why did women use the now discredited Dalkon Shield, and is the Dalkon Shield case unique? Read full book review >
FAMILYHOOD by Lee Salk
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A compassionate and caring, albeit sometimes simplistic, call for adults and children to take the time to talk—and to listen—to one another."
A tribute to family values—respect, responsibility, and emotional support—from the well-known child psychologist who died this May. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A superficial look at the brave new world to come, enlightening primarily about research trends."
Bold predictions, mostly glowing, about the technological advances to come in medicine, complete with a time line from now to 2030. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >