Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 208)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 16, 1993

"Priceless firsthand advice on a subject still deep in the shadows."
The touching, instructive memoir of a couple facing the husband's death from cancer. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Poignant recollections of one physician's long experience in listening to what people with cancer say—and don't say."
``Listening is the hardest work I do,'' says Rosenblum, a Maryland oncologist. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"As it is, his many good points expire as readers leave feeling unnecessarily insulted and confused."
Freelance writer MatÇ's diatribe on the ills of the modern world serves up little in the way of originality, trotting out and castigating well-known villains—with a little too much cuteness and way too much glibness to be taken seriously. Read full book review >
FIRST, DO NO HARM by Lisa Belkin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"A behind-the-scenes account that's hard to put down and difficult to forget."
When should life-support be withdrawn? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"Unless you're one of Simmons's clients, it's hard to imagine reading straight through all 40 cases; but just as crowds apparently turn out to greet the famous shape-changer on his visits, you can count on followers seeking inspiration from these upbeat reports."
The word from experts is that lost weight rarely stays off, but TV fitness-guru and bestselling diet-book author Simmons (Richard Simmons' Better Body Book, 1983, etc.) never gives up on those desperate souls who write to him in despair, then successfully shed pounds in his program—or so he says. Read full book review >

ANNA by William Loizeaux
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"On behalf of his daughter, Loizeaux shares his sorrow with heartbreaking honesty."
An eloquent, extraordinarily painful memoir of a father's loss of his baby daughter. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Strong story but a confusing execution that's best suited for double-acrostic fans."
Potentially fascinating story of how two infants were switched at birth that's maimed by poor organization and choppy characterization and narration. Read full book review >
THE WORST OF TIMES by Patricia G. Miller
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Wade."
Being published on the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion: a heartrending compilation of personal tales of abortion prior to Roe v. Read full book review >
GIANT STEPS by Gilbert M. Gaul
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"An effective plea for changing how society deals with the chronically disabled, and an appealing story of parents struggling to do their best for their disabled son. (Photos.)"
Two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist Gaul, who reports on medical economics and health policy for The Philadelphia Inquirer, brings his special skills to the story of his son Cary, born six years ago with spina bifida. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"Strong words in support of a woman's right to choose, as well as sharp criticism of government policies hampering the exercise of that right."
Cogent thoughts from a member of what appears to be a vanishing breed—physicians not only trained and willing to perform abortions but also willing to talk about it. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Environmentalists may be outraged but, even so, Fumento sheds light as well as heat."
How to stop worrying about technology—and learn to love it; by the author of The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS (1989). Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Still, Levenstein's examples and anecdotes of folly and worse, and his debunking of experts and authorities from Margaret Mead on, make lively reading. (Fifteen halftones.)"
Levenstein's Revolution at the Table (1988), which surveyed the changes in American food habits between 1880 and 1930, is widely deemed a major contribution to our culinary history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >