Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1995

"Despite Bakos's thorough research, Kink neither titillates nor educates."
Penthouse's former ``Superlady of Sex'' Bakos (Female Superior Position, p. 492) travels to midwestern bedrooms, California sex clubs, and New York S&M dungeons to report on America's kinky side. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Not the great American novel she and others in her family aspired to write—but a book that will nevertheless forever change how many of its readers imagine whatever the American dream might be."
Novelist See's (Golden Days, 1986, etc.) Read full book review >

PILGRIM AMONG THE SHADOWS by Boris Pahor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"In an intensely private voice, this ghostly pilgrim succeeds in making readers his confidantes and taking them with him to the place where he lost most of his comrades and much of himself."
A hauntingly evocative wartime memoir by a concentration camp inmate and medic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Admirably honest, beautifully written."
It is strange to find small joys in a book about depression, but there are many in Manning's tale of her descent into hell. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Not the most user-friendly of guidebooks, but nevertheless valuable for its basic message: Be skeptical about the amount of medical attention you really need, and develop a relationship with your doctor based on mutual honesty. (First printing of 35,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
One geriatrician's prescription for the elderly: a healthy dose of skepticism to be applied liberally to medical news stories and doctors' recommendations for tests and medications. Read full book review >

IN LOVE WITH DAYLIGHT by Wilfrid Sheed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Sheed's plainspoken, self-deprecating memoir forges a realistic but hopeful record of addiction-depression's long arc that may well serve those suffering from it."
Prolific novelist and critic Sheed recounts his winning battles with polio, cancer, and what he calls ``addiction- depression'' in this lucid, gently humorous memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"A thorough diagnosis of contemporary psychiatry's intellectual lacunae, as well as its personal and institutional warts."
Klitzman, author of a highly regarded memoir of his medical internship (A Year-Long Night, 1989), offers an anecdotally rich yet critical account of his psychiatric residency. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Gutsy and very good."
An odd mix of revealing personal memoir and academic writing that its author calls experimental ethnography. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"For anyone concerned with the continual cycles of vengeance and retaliation in our world, Shriver's book offers a well-argued vision of hope."
A compelling case for forgiveness—traditionally thought of as the way to heal disputes between persons—as the route to better relations between peoples. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 1995

"Readers may come to Sacks's work as voyeurs, but they will leave it with new and profound respect for the endless labyrinth of the human mind."
In seven case histories, Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife Fora Hat, 1985, etc.) once again presents the bizarre both clinically and lyrically, challenging assumptions about the landscape of human reality. Read full book review >
WRONGFUL DEATH by Sandra M. Gilbert
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Powerful testimony to the painful truth that worst-case scenarios really do happen."
A wrenching tale of medical mistakes, death, shock, grief, and frustration, told with love and anger. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Blankenhorn's depiction of fatherlessness as the cause rather than a symptom of greater social ills will rankle in some quarters, and his agenda for remedying the situation will amuse more far- seeing social critics."
Fatherlessness is the root of every social evil, says Blankenhorn, who calls for a return of the Good Family Man and government enforcement of the ``father role.'' According to Blankenhorn, founder of the Institute for American Values, the fact that 40 percent of America's children do not live with their biological fathers is the leading cause of crime, adolescent pregnancy, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence against women. 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 >