Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Too painful to be a comfort to other parents and lovers, this is—as it seems meant to be—a tribute to the richness and vitality of a young woman who fought to make every dying day count for life."
The dramatic, sad story of a young woman's prolonged death from cancer, as told by her devastated father. Read full book review >
SWEET MYSTERY by Judith Hillman Paterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Paterson's moving, intensely personal story of survival and adult reconciliation with childhood trauma impressively delves into family history and the nature of memory while avoiding self-help bromides. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A sad, loosely constructed memoir of a girlhood troubled by ``emotionally erratic and undependable'' parents and a family legacy of alcoholism and mental illness. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A slim volume that packs a subtle but powerful punch."
Poet Hadas ruminates on death and literature in these brief, challenging, and often profound essays. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A good idea that, given his overall enthusiasm and mastery in explaining complex science, might persuade more than a few readers."
A lucid, up-to-date account of the body's immune system from a pro who has taught the subject at UCLA for 25 years. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS MARY by Mary Fisher
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Despite such gaps and predictable celebrity-in-recovery clichÇs, a strong memoir by a woman who has straddled fascinating contradictions. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This autobiography of an outspoken HIV-positive Republican and recovering alcoholic is moving when the author steers clear of hackneyed therapeutic language. Read full book review >

ON GRIEF AND REASON by Joseph Brodsky
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

In the best of these recent essays, Nobelist Brodsky achieves a unique synthesis of philosophical acumen and literary craftsmanship: considering the exigencies of exile together with those of poetry, reflecting on ethics and aesthetics. Read full book review >
LOVE AND SAINT AUGUSTINE by Hannah Arendt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1995

"A revelation that may force us to reconsider the traditional interpretation of Arendt's work."
Now published in English for the first time, Arendt's 1929 doctoral dissertation offers insights into her later political and philosophical constructions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A plug for phenytoin masquerading as autobiography. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A brief and chatty profile that tells much more about Dreyfus's prowess at his hobbies than his career on Wall Street, grafted onto a reprint of his A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked (1981). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Vigorous and often harrowing, this book is an eye-opener. (14 halftones, 1 map, not seen)"
An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"But this small gem is a rarity in a basically didactic and monotonous little book."
Diminutive sex therapist ``Dr. Ruth'' presents a sex guide for Orthodox and traditional Conservative Jews. ``People pick up the Bible for many different reasons but rarely, if ever, as a sex manual. Read full book review >
OUR PARIS by Edmund White
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

White and Sorin's Paris isn't exactly like yours or mine: High-fashion designer Azzedine Alaãa lives next door, Julian Schnabel is their host for dinner, and White has the enviable opportunity to introduce another Julian (Barnes) to Tina Turner. ``I haven't read Flaubert's Parrot yet, but I have it on my bedside table,'' she assures the author. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A disappointing effort at a time when clear thinking about democracy is essential."
The latest offering from the distinguished scholar and diplomat (The Great Melody, 1992, etc.) is a brief collection of his Massey Lectures, delivered at the University of Toronto and over the CBC Radio. 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 >