Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"Given a tolerance for lists and comfort with an approach that precludes subtlety, readers with histories of unhappy relationships may gain insight from this solid, well-organized advice."
The bestselling author of Secrets of Men Every Woman Should Know (1990) and How to Make Love All the Time (1987) now dissects bad love choices. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 1992

"Intriguing but—particularly in Apter's reinterpretation of data regarding sensation-seeking—not wholly convincing."
An examination of why humans crave excitement and why excitement has value for both the individual and the culture. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Good feelings galore, but next time, hold those maxims."
A Conservative rabbi (The Healer of Shattered Hearts, 1990) ponders the ways by which words link God and humans. Read full book review >
MAKING LOVE by Richard Rhodes
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A stunning act of self-revelation, bound to create a stir."
Pulitzer-winner Rhodes, apparently galvanized by the overwhelming emotional response to his account of his abused childhood in A Hole in the World (1990), pushes still deeper into forbidden territory with this frank exploration of how he learned to heal his wounds, largely unconsciously, through sex. Read full book review >
HOT AND BOTHERED by Wendy Dennis
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Move over, Nancy Friday."
Canadian journalist Dennis surveys the contemporary sexual landscape and finds it mostly a hostile desert with a few oases and many mirages. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as gripping as its title implies, but, still, a thoughtful contribution to the literature on a controversial subject."
Bosk (Sociology/Univ. of Penn) examines the work of genetic counselors at a pseudonymous large urban clinical-and-research center, dubbed here the ``Nightingale Children's Center,'' and then casts a critical eye on his own research techniques. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"And that there are scientists like Rosenberg doing their all to make the therapy work."
The exciting story of an idea whose time has come—and of the man who pioneered it. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unique and important in recent addiction literature: a very fine achievement."
Brilliant and terrifying evocation of the crack monster devouring Washington, D.C., coupled with addicts' biographies. Read full book review >
REAL MAGIC by Wayne W. Dyer
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Dyer's strength is in popularizing these thinkers and their ideas for the mainstream; his weakness is in a certain whiff of infatuation with his own celebrity that now and then wafts up from his pages."
Dyer (You'll See It When You Believe It, 1989, etc.) recaps the major tenets of New Age thinking—power meditation, unified field theory, mind-body healing, and prosperity consciousness, to name a few. ``Real magic,'' according to Dyer, is the seemingly miraculous response of the environment to a unity of purpose and belief in the individual. Read full book review >
SHE WENT TO WAR by Rhonda Cornum
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A fast-paced story as much about war and one remarkable woman as about the tenacity of the human spirit. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map—not seen.)"
A soldier's story of the Gulf War—with a twist: The author, who was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, is a woman, wife, and mother, as well as a flight surgeon in the army. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Impressively researched: a worthy addition to the study of women's need for increased control of their own lives."
A feminist asks: Why did women use the now discredited Dalkon Shield, and is the Dalkon Shield case unique? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A compassionate and caring, albeit sometimes simplistic, call for adults and children to take the time to talk—and to listen—to one another."
A tribute to family values—respect, responsibility, and emotional support—from the well-known child psychologist who died this May. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >