Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

DR. ATKINS' NEW DIET REVOLUTION by Robert C. Atkins
FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 15, 1992

"Still, get ready for a blitz."
Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, published two decades ago, sold millions of copies but was denounced by medical authorities for its unsound high-calorie, low-carbohydrate regimen. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"An adroit recounting of the abortion controversies of the 1980's and a seemingly accurate assessment of the demise of the antiabortion coalition."
In an informative if partisan work, Planned Parenthood official McKeegan argues that the antiabortion forces—whose skillful focus on the issue aided Ronald Reagan's 1980 Presidential victory—have lost both their cohesiveness and the battle to ban abortion. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: July 1, 1992

"A true pleasure. (Illustrations—125 b&w—not seen.)"
First published in Germany in 1980, this elegantly trim and readable inquiry is the final volume (after The Railway Journey and Disenchanted Night—neither reviewed) of social-historian Schivelbusch's musings on the origin of modern industrial consciousness. Read full book review >
THE EROTIC SILENCE OF THE AMERICAN WIFE by Dalma Heyn
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 14, 1992

"While Heyn never quite develops a coherent thesis, then, she does give appealing voice to a growing and significant phenomenon in American female sexuality."
Through interviews with married women of various ages who have had affairs, Heyn, a Mademoiselle columnist who's worked in women's magazines for 20 years, takes a fresh look at female adultery— which she claims is on the rise—and attempts to explode some common beliefs about women and sex (among them, that women are monogamous by nature and that happily married women don't have affairs). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 12, 1992

"Bruisingly detailed: not for the fainthearted."
A plunge into the midnight world of gay sadomasochism and murder-for-kicks that was the playground of Manhattan art dealer Andrew Crispo and his 22-year-old protegÇ Bernard LeGeros. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 11, 1992

"Overly detailed but informative—and disturbing in its implications about the economic viability of the day-care system."
Close-up look at Cambridgeport Children's Center, a.k.a. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 3, 1992

"Likely to offend those committed to orthodoxy, but offering a strong case for flexibility and diversity in programs for recovery from substance abuse. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
A 16-step program for overcoming addiction and dependency that speaks to the special needs of women and minorities; by a self-described ``feminist, Quaker, psychologist, healer, peace and social justice activist and a woman on [her] own spiritual journey.'' While acknowledging that AA's 12-step recovery program works for some, Kasl (Women, Sex, and Addiction, 1989) found that its allegedly upper-middle-class, white, male, Christian value system did not meet her own needs. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Green's history—personal, associative, intuitive, presenting an immense amount of diverse materials in a coherent, imaginative, and convincing form—is itself an expression of the New Age. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Green (The Mount Vernon Street Warrens, 1990, etc.) looks at the loosely connected set of ``ideas, icons, myths, and rituals'' that have recurred toward the ends of the past few centuries in order to energize and spiritualize the arid periods in between. Read full book review >
ONE'S COMPANY by Barbara Holland
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A gift book that may help, disturb, and delight—though the generalities at times are like elevator stairs gone flat."
Holland (Hail to the Chiefs, 1990, etc.) wages an uphill battle against loneliness for widows, divorcÇes, and the aging. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

Kaminer (A Fearful Freedom, 1990, etc.) examines and deplores the latest manifestations of America's historic obsession with self-help: 12-step recovery movements, confessional talk-shows, pop-psych quick-fix books, New Age philosophy, the men's movement, and contemporary popular religious phenomena, including the evangelical movement and the writings of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. Read full book review >
OUR RIGHT TO DRUGS by Thomas Szasz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Places the rhetoric and the players in clear positions on the board, whether or not you agree with the Szasz prescription."
Szasz (Psychiatry/SUNY at Syracuse) at his abrasive best, skewering the shibboleths of the War On Drugs and giving historical context to the current national hubbub. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A confidence-inspiring sourcebook for stricken families."
Straightforward advice from parents-who-have-been-there on how to cope with childhood cancer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >