Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Revealing, realistic, and refreshingly jargon-free."
A practical, thoroughly sensible approach to weight control written with authority and insight. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Historians will, rightly, be skeptical of many of Grant's far- fetched comparisons and rash generalizations, but Sexing the Millennium does make a provocative, passionate, and entertaining contribution to current sexual debates."
In her first book, British journalist Linda Grant has written a lively and anecdotally rich account of sexual revolutions past and present. Read full book review >

THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS by Paul E. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A chilling study in social psychology, this volume explores the dark energies behind leaders such as Jim Jones and David Koresh and the needs they exploit."
Combining rare narrative skills and historical detail, Johnson (History/Univ. of Utah) and Wilentz (History/Princeton) recreate the fascinating tale of a false prophet and his misguided followers in New York in the 1820s and '30s. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Now what are we to do about them?"
A scathing indictment of America's foster care and adoption systems. Read full book review >
A WHOLE NEW LIFE by Reynolds Price
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"This is the story of a man who watches his first self die, and in place of it, a new self created; a story of resurrection, of transformation; a story of hope."
This slim volume chronicles Reynolds Price's four years with ``the eel,'' his name for the ten-inch long tumor that was found enmeshed in his spinal chord during his 51st year. Read full book review >

A WOMAN'S BOOK OF GRIEVING by Nessa Rapoport
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"12 lithographs. (Book-of-the-Month alternate selection)"
An elegant collection of prose-poems and verses characterized by an extreme compression of language—perhaps the only way to respect the failure of words to capture grief while insisting, nevertheless, on speaking. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"High marks for being both instructive and entertaining."
A demanding but rewarding report that illuminates what neurology can now tell us about the human brain. Read full book review >
MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS by Hope Edelman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Many women will find this book painful, but it's reassuring to have the company of others when dealing with the complex emotions and lifelong effects of a mother's loss."
According to the testimony in this oddly comforting volume, women never get over missing dead or absent mothers, whether they were 2 or 22 or even 52 at the time of loss. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Despite stylistic flaws, a valuable resource on the politics of women's health."
In Unequal Treatment, Nechas and Foley (Women's Encyclopedea of Health and Emotional Healing, not reviewed) argue that bias against women in medical research and practice has had a detrimental, often deadly, effect on women's health. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"One long kvetch that health care reformers can safely ignore."
A collection of doctor-bashing stories and gripes about medical care compiled by a father-son team in the health care industry. Read full book review >
GARDENING IN CLAY by Ronald O. Valdiserri
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Gardening in Clay has moments of insight, but its sentimentality and lack of subtlety hinder it from a more profound engagement with its subject."
A sometimes moving but often frustratingly evasive collection of meditations on AIDS by a physician who has lost his twin brother to the disease. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 27, 1994

"Light and lively fare—containing just enough facts to satisfy."
A bright, breezy, and opinionated look at how the Food and Drug Administration has handled and mishandled its job in the past decade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >