Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Pealeism'' (George's coinage) with intelligence and tact: first-rate. (Thirty halftones—not seen.)"
A sympathetic biography of the controversial preacher that situates him in the mainstream of the American populist religious tradition. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 14, 1992

"Coinciding with an election year that's focused on these myths, Mount's argument acquires a particularly ironic twist- -for one way demagogues control the family, he shows, is to claim they are in favor of it."
From TLS editor Mount (The Selkirk Strip, 1988, etc.): a controversial history of love and marriage in Europe that reveals how threatening private relationships have been to both church and state—and how those institutions have unsuccessfully attempted to suppress private relationships by perpetuating myths about how modern or unstable or unnatural such relationships are. Read full book review >

COMPLEXITY by Roger Lewin
Released: Dec. 5, 1992

"Taking the long view, complexity—explored so well here—may be seen as a corrective reaction to molecular biology: a restoration of the old-fashioned physiologists' and systems- theorists' point of view, revitalized with the aid of supercomputers."
What happens when you take computer pros, AI folk, brain modelers, ecologists, evolutionists, biologists, and students of chaos, sprinkle them with enthusiasm, and kindle a search for order? Out may come complexity—touted as the "new science of the nineties.'' Read full book review >
CREATING LOVE by John Bradshaw
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Soon to be a PBS series—during the afternoon soap hour, one hopes."
From the man who brought us the ``inner child'' (Homecoming, 1990—not reviewed), here's a new serving of psychobabble aimed at the maladjusted: an exploration of the ``mysterious power of love'' and how to attain it. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 1992

"Indispensable for prospective parents who may discover that they can just say no to doctor-dictated birth practices and can prescribe their own terms for having a baby."
From the author who 29 years ago roasted the funeral industry in The American Way of Death: a witty, pungent, comprehensive look at the frequently unfortunate practices that guide how American babies are born. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"AIDS in women, and a heartfelt call to action to combat this devastating disease."
Factual research and personal stories add up to a powerful report on the AIDS crisis and its effect on women, by an author who's taken on the medical establishment before (The Mother Machine, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"McGrath breaks no new ground here, but she plows old fields with a sure hand, without stodginess or flippancy. (Drawings.)"
According to clinical psychologist McGrath (former chairperson of the American Psychological Association's National Task Force on Women and Depression), it's perfectly normal to feel depressed if you're a woman—in fact, if you're not angry or feeling victimized by the cultural pain of being female, you're living ``in a fantasy world of denial.'' Here—in a handbook packed with quizzes, diagrams, lists, charts, and exercises, and dramatized by pseudonymous anecdotes from her practice—McGrath spells out with great clarity how to recognize these bad feelings and use them positively. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Many will be convinced by her knowledgeable, persuasive, and entertaining discussion—and the more skeptical will find fascinating tidbits for thought along the way."
Fisher (The Sex Contract, 1981)—research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, former ``house anthropologist'' for The Today Show, and one of our best science-popularizers—may find a large readership for her subject here: the influence of evolutionary biology and genetics on sex, love, marriage, divorce, and today's family. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An easily read, anecdotal approach that succeeds in delineating and dramatizing many of the ethical problems posed by the AIDS epidemic."
The human story of AIDS, told through profiles of doctors, nurses, and patients at San Francisco General—one of the first hospitals to feel the impact of the epidemic, and a pacesetter in AIDS care. Read full book review >
THE CHANGE by Germaine Greer
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Intensively researched, intelligently written, this erudite, literate work—a brilliant philosophical complement to Gail Sheehy's bestselling The Silent Passage (p. 381)—should inspire change in how we think about The Change."
It may be that menopause saw Greer (Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, 1989, etc.) coming and quaked, for surely the subject will never be quite the same again. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"A well-told collection from the neurologist's casebook."
Neurologist Klawans (Trials of an Expert Witness, 1991, etc.) seems to get better with each volume of instructive medical cases: cleaner prose and less posturing. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A nice ending, then, for an upbeat, reassuring tale."
In explaining the circumstances of her daughter's conception, birth, and adoption, British actress Collins (the Upstairs, Downstairs series; star of Shirley Valentine) provides a warm, appealing account of her own English childhood—and of her experiences with acting companies in Ireland, and at the convent she took refuge in while hiding her pregnancy from her family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >