Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

THE DRINKING LIFE by Pete Hamill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Maybe it should have been a novel."
Earnest memoir of Hamill's drinking days as a Brooklyn youth and young reporter. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"Worthwhile inspiration and insight for Down syndrome children, as well as for their families, teachers, friends, and advocates. (Photographs)"
Two young men with Down syndrome celebrate—with the support and word-processing assistance of their mothers—their successful coming of age and hard-won independence. Read full book review >

THE HEALING PATH by Marc Ian Barasch
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 4, 1994

"Some overloaded similes when straight statement would be stronger—but so what."
An immensely gripping, smartly paced cross-cultural survey of stays of death and ``miraculous'' recoveries from deadly illnesses, by a writer-producer who has survived for seven years the removal of his cancerous thyroid. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A soothing, clearly presented message of self-acceptance that may succeed in adding four new terms to the vocabulary of psychobabble. (First serial to Redbook)"
Slickly packaged pop psych from Kinder, who's previously tackled myths about self-improvement (Going Nowhere Fast, 1990) and marriage (Husbands and Wives, 1989). Read full book review >
SLEEP WITH THE ANGELS by Mary Fisher
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Individually, the pieces are touching—but repetition robs them of much of their impact."
Inspirational speeches—along with autobiographical material—given from May 1992 through June 1993 by Fisher, former White House staffer in the Ford Administration, AIDS activist, and founder of the Family AIDS Network. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A delightful and informative survey that puts medicine into perspective as just another endeavor fraught with all the usual human frailties. (Thirty-nine illustrations)"
Idiosyncratic, crotchety—and very funny—history of medicine by the British author of Doctor in the House (which launched the popular 1950's-60's film and TV series) and a slew of other novels with a medical theme. Read full book review >
SEX by Harry Maurer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Too haphazard and noninterpretive to rank with the comparable oral-history of S&M sex, Different Loving (p. 498)—but, still, opening a clear window onto the sex lives of the neighbors, for those bold enough to peep in. (First serial to Playboy)"
What do people actually do in bed? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

Here's a radical approach to children's TV—from an academic who doesn't see it as the root of violence, hedonism, and low reading scores. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Richard was found guilty and is serving life behind bars—but the evidence in the case, confounding and contradictory, is hardly clarified by Gray's often melodramatic treatment. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
The fatal poisoning in 1991 of Dallas socialite Nancy Lyon has all the ingredients for a solid true-crimer: big money; a philandering husband; incest; ambiguous evidence; courtroom drama. Read full book review >
THE WITHERING CHILD by John A. Gould
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Except for the extraneous travelogue: an unusually powerful story of a family in crisis."
A family drama and a literary guidebook uneasily cohabiting within the same covers—the former riveting, the latter frustratingly beside the point. Read full book review >
CIGARETTES ARE SUBLIME by Richard Klein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

Many people, deciding to quit smoking, go cold turkey; others use nicotine gum or a patch. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 11, 1993

"Challenging ideas, expressed clearly and forcefully, that go provocatively against the grain of mainstream feminist thinking."
A radical feminist's angry call for an end to reproductive technologies and contracts that she views as violence against women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >