Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

A FIELD GUIDE TO GERMS by Wayne Biddle
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A truly delightful book that manages to impart solid information about some pretty dreadful diseases without depressing or terrifying the reader."
Entertaining, irreverent, but always informative profiles of some 70 pathogens, mostly bacteria and viruses, that share our planet and sometimes our bodies. Read full book review >
DIVORCE by George Feifer
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Slow, tedious, and devoid of fresh insights."
Dreary self-serving portraits of failed marriages and their messy ends. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An ideologically motivated farrago of unsupported assertions."
Working from a flimsy premise, two feminist scholars make a bizarre attempt to recreate the beliefs and rituals of Qumran. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Small is the first to admit she doesn't have all the answers; what she does point out is how much lore we need to unlearn, and that is the beginning of wisdom. (15 b&w photos, not seen)"
The short answer is, ``Not much.'' Small (Anthropology/Cornell) is a student of primate behavior, particularly pertaining to mating and parenting. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1995

``We have come a long way from regarding passionate love as...simply a romantic agony of fatal perversions and deadly sex,'' writes psychoanalyst Gediman. Read full book review >

I'LL NOT GO QUIETLY by Mary Fisher
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 1995

"Fisher can only be applauded for pursuing a necessary humanitarian mission; readers with a fairly high tolerance for the tics of inspirational lit should find her testimonials touching."
A second well-intentioned collection of speeches by an HIV- positive artist and mother who first gained national attention by addressing the 1992 Republican National Convention. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 1995

"Challenged and challenging, the author offers a self- portrait of a man in a wheelchair, neither hero nor poster boy, that should help to rattle stereotypes a little further. (Author tour)"
In a memoir that is both funny and furious, tales of private and public adventure from a nationally known radio and TV reporter who is paralyzed from the chest down. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Reading this book may produce the following symptoms: heavy eyelids and uncontrollable yawns."
A tedious day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of a young pediatric nurse's year-long bout with a debilitating illness whose array of symptoms baffles medical specialists. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Filled with all the fervor of an uncompromising reformer certain of the truth of his message."
Pugnacious arguments in favor of a single-payer health plan for the United States, along with instructions for building a mass movement to get one. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"Too judgmental and pretentious to earn a wide readership."
An odd, unconvincing case for breadwinning mommies and homemaking daddies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"May's fertile analysis of childlessness should be included as part of any inquiry into the construction and meaning of family life. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A superb historical and qualitative analysis that explores the intersection of public and private definitions of fertility and childlessness. Read full book review >
BREAKTHROUGH by Whitley Strieber
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"Still, if you can stomach the spiritual coating, Strieber's purported proof of alien visitors will at least give you serious pause."
If you thought Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones was strange, it's nothing compared to what Strieber relates of his latest encounters with alien ``visitors.'' Strieber, too, has visions of the renewal of humanity, its elevation to a higher level of consciousness, mediated by the aliens who have been appearing to him regularly since 1985. 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 >