Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Providing children with stories of right overcoming wrong—a list of recommended classics is included—is commendable, but the stirring tales may only highlight the morality gap, generating yet more classroom discussion of values."
A flawed but thought-provoking discussion about the moral education—or lack of it—of American children. Read full book review >
THE PUZZLE PEOPLE by Thomas Starzl
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Not an intimate self-portrait but a well-crafted glimpse into a world of science where politics and personalities often clash. (Twenty b&w photos, ten line drawings—not seen.)"
An innovative transplant surgeon looks back on a long and brilliant career. Read full book review >

NO STRANGER TO TEARS by William G. Cahan
Released: Sept. 26, 1992

"A thoroughly enjoyable read about an engaged and engaging man."
Engrossing memoirs of a cancer surgeon at N.Y.C.'s Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"A worthwhile warning that attempts to hit too many targets, reducing its impact."
Disease-mongering—convincing the healthy that they are sick or the slightly ill that they are very sick—is big business, says Payer (How to Avoid a Hysterectomy, 1987). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"The Draveckys' sincerity shines through even this orgy of soul-beating, which says a lot for them. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In 1989, major-league pitcher Dravecky—who struggled back from surgery on his cancerous left arm only to break the arm ruinously while pitching—learned a bitter lesson about comebacks. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"A harmless if uncertainly salubrious mix that could appeal to uncritical self-helpers."
This odd compendium of ``revivers and comforters'' (bread pudding; the tripe hangover cure, menudo), ``feel-good foods'' (an alphabetical listing from apples to yogurt), ``healing herbs and spices'' (embracing chamomile and chili powder), and remedies (for acne, anemia, hypertension) combines a sophisticated range of simple ethnic recipes with rivers of eclectic chat on specific foods, nutrients, remedies, and ailments. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"The extensive notes and bibliography help document shifting attitudes toward romance and marriage, but a topic like this deserves a little passion."
A scholarly study of Jewish sexuality that is neither sexy nor particularly Jewish. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"In a decade when the emphasis is said to be shifting from self-satisfaction to the moral and ethical, this look into the experiences of people whose sense of justice or service dictates their lives is both informative and inspiring."
An exploration of the lives and moral development of 23 men and women dedicated to ``making the world a better place.'' The authors, both developmental psychologists (Colby at Radcliffe, Damon at Brown), set out to discover whether there is a clear path to the extraordinary moral leadership exemplified by people like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Andrei Sakharov. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 1992

"No false heroics, no patriotic gloss, only the Vietnam War in all its grim reality. (Fifteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A searing account from former Army nurse Smith of her tour of duty in Vietnam and its devastating personal aftermath. Read full book review >
MAY ALL BE FED by John Robbins
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"They won't convert advanced foodies, but they'll do fine with Robbins's following."
Robbins's Diet for a New America (1987) was one of those virtuous guides to alternative eating that said nothing much new but somehow caught on: The publishers claim 350,000 copies in print. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Weddington preaches to the converted, and inadequately addresses legal objections to Roe, but she gives valuable, passionate insights into the significance of that historic case."
The lawyer who argued Roe v. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

A sophisticated and sympathetic look at nonconventional healing methods and their place in a pluralistic democracy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >