Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"But even after undergoing therapy, Gaines still hasn't finished blaming others for things she did to herself. (Author tour)"
An autobiographical portrait of a black woman who worked her way up from convicted felon to award-winning reporter for the Washington Post. Read full book review >
RAISING LAZARUS by Robert Pensack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Packs a powerful punch."
The haunting story of a man's struggle to survive with a terribly damaged heart. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"The arguments get complicated, but this is challenging history—and a goad to clarify modern-day rhetoric."
A scholarly but resonant analysis of ``the cultural meanings of the welfare system,'' probing the mistaken assumptions behind fundamental policies forged during the 1930s. Read full book review >
PROZAC NATION by Elizabeth Wurtzel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"This most certainly is not an examination of a generation's collective psyche. (First serial to Vogue, Esquire, and Mouth2Mouth)"
A memoir of a depressed, heavily medicated young woman who identifies with Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and other tragic figures—and fantasizes about being profiled as a tragic suicide in New York magazine. Read full book review >
THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Portions of this biomedical thriller appeared in the New Yorker in somewhat different form; it will be made into a movie starring Robert Redford and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien). (Author tour)"
A bone-chilling account of a close encounter with a lethal virus, by New Yorker writer Preston (American Steel, 1991). Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"True Believers,'' as Loftus calls them) will see this as anathema; others will applaud her reasonable and restrained approach to a touchy subject. (First printing of 30,000; author tour)"
A research psychologist whose specialty is memory pokes giant holes in claims that survivors of sexual abuse repress their memories of the abuse and can then recover them with the help of therapists. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"Still, she helps us understand much of the posturing that passes for drug policy rhetoric."
A wide-ranging critique of anti-drug policies that focuses on the ``shadow agendas'' behind ``politically obligatory `get tough' postures.'' Though Gordon (Political Science/City College, CUNY) could use some journalistic detail to animate her academic style, she makes some important basic points, noting that we blame drugs for larger social problems and often ignore the damage caused by alcohol and tobacco. Read full book review >
LOSING JESSICA by Robby DeBoer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 2, 1994

"A sometimes absorbing, often superficial memoir that is far less meaty than the New Yorker's treatment of a year ago. (Two eight-page inserts of b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Redbook; author tour)"
A sincere but tedious rehashing of the ``Baby Jessica'' saga by former adoptive mother DeBoer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A deeply disturbing picture of the degradation of ghetto life and a painfully honest account of one man's attempt to do something about it. (Author tour)"
A powerful report of the experiences of a physician living and practicing medicine in the inner city. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Seriously flawed, but adds a valuable perspective to a highly charged debate. (42 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Coney (The Unfortunate Experiment, not reviewed) argues that although the medical profession presents menopause as a disease, it is a natural life passage that many women experience painlessly and some even welcome. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A practical, solidly researched and documented parents'-eye view of adolescence."
A sensible analysis of the turmoil that adolescence triggers within parents. Read full book review >
RAISING A HAPPY, UNSPOILED CHILD by Burton L. White
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"What about the other 95%? (Author tour)"
Sound but timeworn advice on how not to create a two-year-old brat from popular author White (A Parent's Guide to the First Three Years of Life, 1980). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >