Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 1996

"Despite her gracelessly wielded value judgments, Chen has made a strong contribution to the history of birth control, feminism, and sexual mores. (25 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This first book by a founding editor of Men's Journal is an impressively researched biography of an undersung leader in the American birth control movement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1996

"A passionate salvo in the bitter debate over drug policy."
A thoroughly researched attack on America's war on drugs. Read full book review >

THE LAST MAGIC SUMMER by Peter Gent
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

This poignant if occasionally rambling memoir is a curious departure for Gent, who is known primarily for his rowdy novels of sporting world disclosure (North Dallas Forty, 1973; North Dallas After Forty, 1989; etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"It is easy to agree with the author's own assessment."
The sometimes moving, sometimes annoying lamentations of a young novelist (Hazard and the Five Delights, 1988) who has lost his lover. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

An anguished account of the unhappy life of Terry McGovern, by a father still struggling to come to terms with it. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"An up-close and sobering picture of medical education's imperfections. (Author tour)"
No-punches-pulled scrutiny of the flawed system that produces our nation's doctors. Read full book review >
DRINKING by Caroline Knapp
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

Boston columnist and New Woman contributing editor Knapp writes with unflinching honesty about her 20 years as an alcoholic, her struggle to overcome the addiction, and the special peril facing women drinkers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Scientific history at its most compelling—strongly recommended."
Here's a fascinating look at cutting-edge scientific research—the identification of cancer's origins—from a man who has been near its center for nearly three decades. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"By this time the savvy reader—thanks to Burr's excellent exposition—can say, A pox on both their houses."
A thorough, often riveting review of research on homosexuality and male-female differences. ``Amid the chaos of debate is the virtual certainty that the biological origins of sexual orientation will become known to us,'' writes journalist Burr, who penned a controversial 1993 article on the subject for the Atlantic Monthly. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF BEAUTY by Nancy Friday
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Friday keeps hammering home her message, but peeking through the psychobabble and harangue is a tantalizing memoir. ($175,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Friday (Women on Top, 1991, etc.) describes women's self-image from infancy through old age, with lots of tiresome editorializing about the state of the women's movement today. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1996

"Perkins's 46 years have been a long, hard haul, but the guy's an artful survivor, unafraid to face the demons."
A fragile, dolorous triptych of derangement, exploration, and loss from the Arctic-rambling filmmaker Perkins (Into the Great Solitude, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1996

"Commonsensical, timely, and very persuasive."
Insightful, scholarly, and wonderfully readable analysis of Americans' misconceptions about teenage pregnancy and the impact of these beliefs on public policy. 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 >