Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A disappointing effort at a time when clear thinking about democracy is essential."
The latest offering from the distinguished scholar and diplomat (The Great Melody, 1992, etc.) is a brief collection of his Massey Lectures, delivered at the University of Toronto and over the CBC Radio. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A bit of clear thinking on some age-old questions about old age."
In a series of generally sage essays, historian Smith (Democracy on Trial, p. 767, etc.) forsakes public chronicles for the private kind as he describes the passage toward a destination from whose bourne no traveler is likely to return. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Useful information combined with an honest and warmhearted account of a couple becoming a family, best suited for others considering adoption of troubled children. (Author tour)"
Part memoir, part manual, this is the story of a middle-age white couple who adopted a black toddler born addicted to a pharmacy of recreational drugs. ``I never wanted to be a father,'' writes journalist Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1992, etc.), blaming an unhappy childhood. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"A first-rate take on corporate responsibilityat once disturbing and engrossing. (First printing of 75,000; $80,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A haunting case study in corporate recklessness and its consequences. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 1995

"A story full of pain, but in which anger and bitterness are overridden by courage and tenderness."
The brave, sad story of a young heterosexual couple who discovered soon into their marriage that they were HIV-positive. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Still, the enormous value of the questions Burkett raises about the American AIDS establishment more than makes up for her excessive venom. (First printing of 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Former Miami Herald reporter Burkett (coauthor of A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church, 1993) flings accusations of greed, incompetence, and mendacity at virtually everyone who has had a part in the battle against AIDS in this immensely provocative overview of the epidemic. Read full book review >
THE MORAL COMPASS by William J. Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Nevertheless, a colorful patchwork of pieces that are irresistible for bedtime reading aloud and as spurs to family discussions about whether, in the name of compassion, your offspring should bring home a naked stranger. (Literary Guild dual main selection)"
No moral ambiguities in another sweeping potpourri from the compiler of the 1993 bestselling Book of Virtues. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1995

"Weeks succeeds in suggesting values for a moral society that must live with diversity, and he presents a hopeful vision of a world community based on an ethics of love."
A refreshing and sharp theoretical contribution to a politically burdened debate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"Despite the author's self-congratulation and lack of self- examination, an informative history."
An early pioneer of abortion rights recounts the struggle over a pill that could almost completely remove the matter from the public sphere. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Sure to spark intense debate among those concerned with the study of human sexuality."
A fresh and theoretically enticing approach to the study of human sexuality. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rather than engaging current debate about sex and gender, Money unsuccessfully tries to circumvent it, dismissing most feminist contributions in the process."
An arrogant and convoluted attempt to demolish and recreate gender studies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Ultimately, this belongs more in the realm of feel-good New Age writing than of science."
One attempt to discover what modern science (from molecular biology to quantum mechanics) can tell us about death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >