Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"However incomplete sociobiology and evolutionary psychology may be in explaining human relationships, they clearly affirm the value of raising the instinctual to the level of consciousness and the miracle, as Buss eloquently concludes, of modern marriage as a 'crowning achievement of humankind.''"
In a study involving over 10,000 people from 37 cultures, Buss (Psychology/Univ. of Michigan) uses evolutionary theory to explain the psychological mechanisms behind how and why people choose, keep and discard their mates. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Absorbing and sobering illumination of a dark corner of the American psyche."
Fascinating, well-researched account of how immigration and public health have influenced each other in the American experience. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Rich in detail and human interest."
Revealing account of the experience of tuberculosis from the patient's point of view. Read full book review >
CHILDREN FIRST by Penelope Leach
Released: Feb. 25, 1994

"Mild reservations aside, this is valiant and worthy and should have quite a following. (First printing of 75,000)"
Branded with the emphatic subtitle ``What our society must do- -and is not doing—for our children today,'' this bridge-burning work by the author of such respected parenting titles as Your Baby & Child, Babyhood, and The First Six Months is radical and provocative in its outlook for family and state. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1994

A rambling analysis of why the sexes don't get along and what to do about it, based on dialogues during a wilderness seminar. Read full book review >

MAKING CHOICES by Alexandra Stoddard
Released: Feb. 18, 1994

"Harmless and, to the totally inert, perhaps inspiring."
Lifestyle expert of McCall's magazine and prolific author of low-calorie self-help (Daring to Be Yourself, 1990, etc.), Stoddard offers her personal reflections on turning 50, revealing how she met the conflicting demands of a beautiful home, family, and life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"An angry little book, full of ammunition for the war between the sexes."
A modern-day (and humorless) Lysistrata, in which celibacy is not a means for forcing men to end a war but for women to achieve political power and independence. Read full book review >
SECRET LOVES by Sonya Friedman
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Sympathetic, but superficial."
A sketchy portrait of married women with long-term lovers—and if that sounds like the subject of a TV talk-show, don't be surprised: Pop psychologist Friedman (On a Clear Day You Can See Yourself, 1990, etc.) hosts CNN's Sonya Live!. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For the most part: an unsentimental, often funny account of life on the verge of death."
The near-fatal illness of surgeon-turned-writer Selzer (Down From Troy, 1992; etc.), told with his usual precision and grit. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Diverting and instructive, though offering little that's surprising or new."
A physician's thoughtful but defensive attempt to explain himself and his profession. Read full book review >
FAMILY MYTHS by Joyce Block
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Clearly presented theory, amply illustrated with lengthy case histories."
An elaborate presentation of the idea that people can get locked into fictional roles by their families. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Mathematics and science aside, there's plenty of old- fashioned, helpful, and worthwhile advice here about gender differences, realistic expectations, love, and respect—advice that may appeal especially to those who enjoy taking quizzes and analyzing relationships."
From psychology professor (Univ. of Washington) and marriage researcher Gottman: an upbeat, easy-to-follow manual based on research into the dynamics of married couples. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >