Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

CREATING LOVE by John Bradshaw
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Soon to be a PBS series—during the afternoon soap hour, one hopes."
From the man who brought us the ``inner child'' (Homecoming, 1990—not reviewed), here's a new serving of psychobabble aimed at the maladjusted: an exploration of the ``mysterious power of love'' and how to attain it. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN WAY OF BIRTH by Jessica Mitford
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 6, 1992

"Indispensable for prospective parents who may discover that they can just say no to doctor-dictated birth practices and can prescribe their own terms for having a baby."
From the author who 29 years ago roasted the funeral industry in The American Way of Death: a witty, pungent, comprehensive look at the frequently unfortunate practices that guide how American babies are born. Read full book review >

THE INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC by Gena Corea
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"AIDS in women, and a heartfelt call to action to combat this devastating disease."
Factual research and personal stories add up to a powerful report on the AIDS crisis and its effect on women, by an author who's taken on the medical establishment before (The Mother Machine, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >
WHEN FEELING BAD IS GOOD by Ellen McGrath
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"McGrath breaks no new ground here, but she plows old fields with a sure hand, without stodginess or flippancy. (Drawings.)"
According to clinical psychologist McGrath (former chairperson of the American Psychological Association's National Task Force on Women and Depression), it's perfectly normal to feel depressed if you're a woman—in fact, if you're not angry or feeling victimized by the cultural pain of being female, you're living ``in a fantasy world of denial.'' Here—in a handbook packed with quizzes, diagrams, lists, charts, and exercises, and dramatized by pseudonymous anecdotes from her practice—McGrath spells out with great clarity how to recognize these bad feelings and use them positively. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Many will be convinced by her knowledgeable, persuasive, and entertaining discussion—and the more skeptical will find fascinating tidbits for thought along the way."
Fisher (The Sex Contract, 1981)—research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, former ``house anthropologist'' for The Today Show, and one of our best science-popularizers—may find a large readership for her subject here: the influence of evolutionary biology and genetics on sex, love, marriage, divorce, and today's family. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An easily read, anecdotal approach that succeeds in delineating and dramatizing many of the ethical problems posed by the AIDS epidemic."
The human story of AIDS, told through profiles of doctors, nurses, and patients at San Francisco General—one of the first hospitals to feel the impact of the epidemic, and a pacesetter in AIDS care. Read full book review >
THE CHANGE by Germaine Greer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Intensively researched, intelligently written, this erudite, literate work—a brilliant philosophical complement to Gail Sheehy's bestselling The Silent Passage (p. 381)—should inspire change in how we think about The Change."
It may be that menopause saw Greer (Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, 1989, etc.) coming and quaked, for surely the subject will never be quite the same again. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"A well-told collection from the neurologist's casebook."
Neurologist Klawans (Trials of an Expert Witness, 1991, etc.) seems to get better with each volume of instructive medical cases: cleaner prose and less posturing. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >