Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

A foster child who ricocheted around the system and emerged as Miss Teen USA writes trenchantly about her experiences. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A comprehensive, passionate, and thought-provoking look through the door into a brave new world in which we may find ourselves before we realize it."
The perfectibility of the human species remains one of the most controversial subjects in science, and Maranto, an award- winning science writer, explains why. Read full book review >

IN MY FATHER'S GARDEN by Kim Chernin
NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 1996

"Tillers of spiritual soil need to dig much deeper than the author does here."
This exploration of spirituality via a look back at dad and the experience of easing a friend into death is right in sync with new directions in the self-help field. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1996

"By bringing to light the story of an individual both stigmatized and isolated, she makes a vivid and worthy contribution to the search for humane and equitable answers. (photos and illustrations, not seen)"
A social historian's thoughtful examination of the conflict between individual liberty and public health as exemplified by the case of Mary Mallon, the typhoid fever carrier who, early in this century, was permanently isolated by New York authorities on an island in the East River. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"An exceptionally clear explanation of the nature of scientific evidence, and a powerful plea for broader public understanding of it."
A well-crafted demonstration of how differently the law, the public, and science regard evidence, using the breast implant controversy as a case in point. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stirring medical melodrama with a serious purpose. (Author tour; TV and radio satellite tour)"
A mother's emotion-laden and detail-rich account of a battle waged not by her but by her son's body against toxins from a deadly pathogen. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Inspirational reading for New Age feminists, especially comforting to those approaching menopause."
Articulate feminists of diverse backgrounds share their similar thoughts about menopause as a transforming spiritual experience. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Should interest anyone who wants to know more about race relations, post-apartheid South Africa, or traditional healing; it is also a strong and unusually concrete spiritual memoir, despite some triteness and a distressing humorlessness."
Arden, a white South African who left her homeland in 1966 for the US, returns and trains to become a sangoma, a traditional healer; her first book is a mostly absorbing description of this spiritual and political journey. Read full book review >
DRUG WAR POLITICS by Eva Bertram
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Compelling arguments and an excellent use of data make this report invaluable in an election year. (For two more studies of the drug wars, see Dan Baum, Smoke and Mirrors, p. 653, and Jill Jonnes, Hep-Cats, Narcs and Pipe Dreams, p. 728.)"
A scholarly attack on America's drug policy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Demonstrates clearly that while viruses can be deadly, humans may have more to fear from humanity itself. (16 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 100,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Adventures of two gutsy physicians fighting deadly viruses amidst political chicanery and under incredibly harsh and primitive conditions. ``Level 4'' refers to the biosafety standards required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for working with lethal agents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1996

"Readers are likely to be waiting impatiently for volume four of this extraordinary narrative."
The third revealing volume in an ongoing autobiographical series that is beginning to take on the breathtaking quality of a thriller: Will Donna Williams find her real self? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 1996

"Of course, by deriving broad, fixed meaning from fragments of an atomized culture, he's not only contradicting himself, but revealing that he's an old fogy who can't hang ten on chaos. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kaffee-klatsch musings masquerade as visionary insight in this hopelessly square Baedeker to what we can learn from today's youth, or ``screenager,'' culture. 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 >