Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

SECOND SIGHT by Robert V. Hine
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not an illuminating classic like Lusseyran's And There Was Light, but a pleasingly thoughtful, quietly courageous report from one who's lived his life both sighted and blind—but never, it seems, with blinders. (Three photographs)"
Uplifting, ruminative memoir by a history professor who went blind in middle age and regained his sight 15 years later. Read full book review >
Released: July 26, 1993

"Straight talk—informative and accessible—about a health issue of concern to millions."
A statistics-laden, fact-filled chronicle linking the increasing use of estrogen with the growing incidence of breast cancer, plus some solid ideas about remedying the situation. Read full book review >

Released: July 14, 1993

"A guide to longevity that's also a thoughtful and sometimes inspiring reflection on our remarkable place in the cosmic scheme of things."
You can live to be a hundred and enjoy each of those years as a fully functioning person—or so says Chopra (Unconditional Life, 1991, etc.) in this challenging work. Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 1993

"As sincere and compassionate as it is disorganized—but of merit for its insightful moments, and for its underlying faith in the ability of individuals to redeem themselves."
An eclectic accumulation of life experiences and sound advice for healthier living from Hammerschlag (a former longtime chief of psychiatry with the Indian Health Service; The Dancing Healers, 1989—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 1993

"Well-told tales that add to our understanding of what being a parent means."
A provocative exploration of the parent-child relationship, conducted by means of clinical tales about exceptional children. Read full book review >

Released: July 7, 1993

"Excellent for its historical summary of the tensions that women face in choosing between the creative and the caring life, but unconvincing for its typecasting."
A loving, if not very creative, analysis of the conflicts that arise when women try to foster both relationships and personal fulfillment. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 1993

"A timely, if overly promotional, introduction to the only drug-treatment method that works for the hard-core addict."
The story of the most successful drug-treatment program ever, as told by its founder. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

"Perhaps wise for its stress on transgenerational patterns, but too unsubtle to help people make sense of a problem that has infinite varieties and ramifications."
Here, Eaker-Weil (a family therapist and frequent TV talk-show guest), with the help of health-writer Winter (The Scientific Case against Smoking, 1980, etc.), tackles a thorny problem that visits about 70% of married couples these days: infidelity. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

"A dull and unconvincing rendering that has no place on the bookshelf next to Georges Bataille, J. K. Huysmans, or even Arthur Lyons (Satan Wants You, 1988)."
A shallow account of how Feldman (Psychology/University of New Mexico) cured a victim of satanic sex abuse through hypnosis and New Age methods. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

Veteran actor Linke, best-known for the TV series CHiPS, has turned his recent one-man show and HBO drama into a poignant story of love, death, and life that goes on. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

"Eleven illustrations—not seen)."
High technology and human tragedy; luck and persistence; altruism and competition—they all come together in this absorbing tale of medical detection that spans decades and crosses continents. Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >