Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

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 >

ON CALL by Jane Carpineto
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 20, 1994

"An innocuous, blurry account that will be of interest primarily to loyal fans of books about doctors."
Soft-focus profiles of three physicians by a former social worker whose previous book, R.N. (1992), flatteringly profiled three nurses. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 13, 1994

"But the narrative is often chaotic, leading the reader astray from the main focus with endless mind-numbing details."
New cures for cancer and AIDS are waiting to be discovered in the world's rain forests, and we had better find them quickly before they disappear, says Joyce. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 6, 1994

"Avoiding romantic calls to return to the wilderness and arguments about women's inherent alliance with nature, Diamond directs attention to the cyclical nature of life and death, and provides a stepping stone for future ecofeminist efforts."
Diamond parallels the abuse of nature and the abuse of women to challenge ecological and feminist assumptions about population control and fertility. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Perhaps most helpful is the state-by-state resource directory."
Donnelly (Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling, 1987, etc.) combines personal testimonies with the observations of professionals to examine the unique ways in which AIDS affects surviving friends, siblings, parents, lovers, children, and spouses. Read full book review >
BACK TALK by Joan Weimer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 1994

"This almost brutal self-examination is written with humor, insight, and a gripping gift for detail that lets readers into the lives of two talented writers."
A book that began as a biography of a little-known 19th- century writer turned into this powerful, inspiring memoir of the author's yearlong time-out with a back injury. Read full book review >
SAME-SEX UNIONS IN PREMODERN EUROPE by John Boswell
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Well worth the attention of anyone with a serious interest in the social and spiritual history of love and marriage."
Boswell (History/Yale; Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, not reviewed) convincingly establishes that, from ancient times to the 18th century, throughout Christian Europe, same-sex union rituals honored a form of ``gay marriage.'' Working from church manuscripts, mainly in ancient Greek, that describe the ceremonies, Boswell carefully traces the historical context in which these practices occurred, exploring premodern beliefs about love and marriage, both gay and heterosexual. Read full book review >
CONDITION CRITICAL by Echo Heron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"The first two portions sometimes lag, but the third—which is the bulk of the book—is an engaging read. (First serial to Glamour; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Although prone to self-dramatizing hyperbole, former coronary care nurse Heron (Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse, 1987) is passionate and persuasive in this second memoir cataloguing the frustrations of the profession that ultimately burned her out. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 29, 1994

"A valuable contribution to family studies, this is also a sensible and creative survival manual for parents of adolescents as well as mental health professionals who counsel families."
A soundly researched and lucidly written survey of the daily emotional experience of mothers, fathers, and adolescents in 55 European-American working- and middle-class families. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 13, 1994

"Thought-provoking, even amusing at points, but seriously weakened by polemics, psychobabble, and an underdeveloped premise."
A deft account of psychotherapist Siegel's middle-aged coming-out process, interwoven with sometimes original, sometimes questionable analyses of the life stages of gay men. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 8, 1994

"A provocative study, albeit one that occasionally reads like a PhD thesis, of how scientific ideas operate in the real world."
An anthropologist's erudite report on how our ideas about the body (and society) are undergoing a dramatic shift. 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 >