Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

Released: April 27, 1994

"Ultimately, though, the book is imbalanced and unconvincing, despite its passion."
An useful though biased and histrionic account of the adopted person's struggle to form ``an authentic sense of self.'' Lifton (Lost and Found, 1979; Twice Born, 1975) continues to explore the struggles and journeys of adopted people. Read full book review >
Released: April 27, 1994

"Pool captures the resourcefulness of the researchers, the voices of those who made the discoveries and tested them in their own lives."
Through shrewdly selected examples and engaging interviews with researchers, science journalist Pool (Science, Discover, Nature, etc.) assembles a convincing argument to explain the biological basis of sexual differences. Read full book review >

Released: April 26, 1994

"Meticulously researched and documented; a valuable addendum to the literature on drug safety."
Intense scrutiny of the rise and fall of the antibiotic chloramphenicol (trade name: Chloromycetin) that raises tough questions about the marketing and use of drugs. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1994

"In all, provocative and accomplished."
Stacey, a magazine journalist, contends that Americans have become paranoid about food, especially about fat, and that our fears have taken the pleasure out of eating. Read full book review >
Released: April 13, 1994

"Sexist advice more suited to old-fashioned women's magazines. (First serial to Parade)"
Pop psychologist Brothers', (Widowed, 1990; The Successful Woman, 1988) easy-answer tactics for women suffering from low self- esteem are unlikely to help those who are in serious trouble. Read full book review >

Released: April 6, 1994

"A convincing case for the necessity of exposing children to nature, sometimes marred by the authors' narrow vision and smug tone. (10 pages b&w photographs—not seen)"
Meditations and personal anecdotes from naturalists/hiking buddies/fathers Nabhan (Gathering the Desert, 1985) and Trimble. ``Children do need wildness,'' the authors argue: not just trees and grass, but open, unpeopled places, where they can ``nibble on icicles and watch ants...lie back and contemplate clouds and chickadees.'' As parents, we should provide our young with ``direct exposure to a variety of wild plants and animals,'' including the less cuddly types, like snakes and lizards. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 1994

Based on years of experience as professional matchmakers, the Wingos present advice, backed up by case histories, for those seeking committed relationships. Read full book review >
A FAMILY OF DOCTORS by David Hellerstein
Released: April 1, 1994

"Rewarding reading—and a good gift for the would-be medical student."
An artful blend of medical history and family memoir. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"An earnest proclamation that the life force can renew when asked."
A Canadian writer on religion, Harpur (God Help Us, Life After Death, etc.) here challenges doctors and other health care professionals ``to look beyond conventional approaches to a much wider paradigm or model of healing''—a paradigm he does not actually present. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"A clear case of overkill."
Another miraculous prescription for mental and physical health, this time with sex as the cure-all. Read full book review >
CYBERIA by Douglas Rushkoff
Released: April 1, 1994

"A provocative, wide-ranging survey of the current state of the interface between the longings of youth and the wild potentials of computer technology."
Rushkoff, a New York-based journalist, goes west to Berkeley for a look inside Cyberia—the emerging countercultural terrain of computer hackers, ``smart'' drugs, house music, and a range of alternate ``cyberpunk'' lifestyles and anarchic philosophies. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Literate, perceptive, and provocative—sure to heat up the fires of the gender debate."
What do men want? 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 >