Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A nice ending, then, for an upbeat, reassuring tale."
In explaining the circumstances of her daughter's conception, birth, and adoption, British actress Collins (the Upstairs, Downstairs series; star of Shirley Valentine) provides a warm, appealing account of her own English childhood—and of her experiences with acting companies in Ireland, and at the convent she took refuge in while hiding her pregnancy from her family. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"A clear explanation of AIDS as an epidemic, and a forceful presentation of controversial proposals for dealing with it."
A cool, scientific overview of the AIDS epidemic, combined with a passionate defense of his own battle to protect public health, from a former N.Y.C. Health Commissioner. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Revelatory eyewitness descriptions, plus sobering analysis, add up to a commendable addition to the growing literature on what's wrong with our health-care system."
Another strong plea for change in America's health-care system, this time with nursing homes under the spotlight. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, a challenging guide for the explorer of self, suffused with the empathy the authors hope to teach."
An unusually rich and eloquent guide to personal growth. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A valuable personal look at what can be a horrendously complex process."
A three-year-long, tear-and-wine-soaked correspondence between two women in hot pursuit of motherhood—-evoking a daunting world of fertility treatments and adoption attempts while offering evidence of the power of determination. Read full book review >

A HISTORY OF THE MIND by Nicholas Humphrey
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Only then, perhaps, could one argue that Humphrey has developed a new theory of perception—not a touchy-feely one—to explain consciousness."
Actually, not a history of the mind, but a theory of consciousness—and an amazingly parsimonious theory at that. Read full book review >
MY BREAST by Joyce Wadler
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A marvel of self-reporting: warm, wise, and witty."
A talented journalist's completely engrossing and unexpectedly humorous account of her victory over breast cancer. Read full book review >
ACCEPTABLE RISKS by Jonathan Kwitny
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"For a broader view of the work of AIDS activists, see Peter S. Arno and Karyn L. Feiden's Against the Odds (p. 363)."
An engrossing view from the trenches of the war on AIDS, by investigative reporter Kwitny (The Crimes of Patriots, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Providing children with stories of right overcoming wrong—a list of recommended classics is included—is commendable, but the stirring tales may only highlight the morality gap, generating yet more classroom discussion of values."
A flawed but thought-provoking discussion about the moral education—or lack of it—of American children. Read full book review >
THE PUZZLE PEOPLE by Thomas Starzl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Not an intimate self-portrait but a well-crafted glimpse into a world of science where politics and personalities often clash. (Twenty b&w photos, ten line drawings—not seen.)"
An innovative transplant surgeon looks back on a long and brilliant career. Read full book review >
NO STRANGER TO TEARS by William G. Cahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1992

"A thoroughly enjoyable read about an engaged and engaging man."
Engrossing memoirs of a cancer surgeon at N.Y.C.'s Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"A worthwhile warning that attempts to hit too many targets, reducing its impact."
Disease-mongering—convincing the healthy that they are sick or the slightly ill that they are very sick—is big business, says Payer (How to Avoid a Hysterectomy, 1987). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >