Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Ridley contends—not a popular thesis in recent decades—that such genetic programming is far more central to human nature than social conditioning. Extensively researched, clearly written: one of the best introductions to its fascinating and controversial subject."
A former editor of The Economist asks how sexual selection has molded human nature. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The prestige of Oxford and the panache of Mirabella may help it overcome a dry, flaccid style, narrow focus, incomplete theorizing, and outdated methods. (First serial to Mirabella)"
Indiana University sociologists Weinberg and Williams (coauthors, Male Homosexuals, 1974), along with Pryor (Wake Forest), offer ``the first major study of bisexuality.'' Working from the Kinsey thesis that sexual orientation is a choice rather than biologically determined, their study has implications for all sexual behavior. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Although focusing more on parenthood's agony than its ecstasy, this should nevertheless provide food for thought for anyone who is expecting."
Penn State psychology professor Belsky and writer Kelly team up to produce a lively and realistic appraisal of the crucible of first-time parenthood. Read full book review >
CAREER CRASH by Barry Glassner
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Timely and readable career advice."
An affable, helpful look at the baby boomer generation's seemingly distinctive form of midlife emergency—losing a job and being unable to find another—by Glassner (Sociology/Univ. of Southern California; Bodies, 1988; Drugs in Adolescent Worlds, 1987). Read full book review >
LISTENING by Hannah Merker
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Of interest both to hearing and non-hearing readers."
``I am an archeologist digging for sound, for its origins, its wondrous manifestations.'' Deafened in a skiing accident two decades ago, Merker, in lyrical, intent appreciations, plumbs the relationships between self and sound, and the webs of communication within the world—seeking ``new ways of listening for the hearing and the hearing impaired.'' To the author, deaf and despairing, a friend offered an ``experiment'' of sharing in words a world of sound, until an awareness grew of events and things with sound: a struck match; the thunder that follows lightening. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"There's no mystery about where this one is heading: right on to the bestseller lists."
More spiritual self-help from the author of the bestselling Care of the Soul (1992—not reviewed), this time focusing on relationships among spouses, family, and friends. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"But someone had to contradict Heyn—it's only too bad that it wasn't a writer of greater depth and sagacity. (First serial to Redbook)"
Botwin (Men Who Can't Be Faithful, 1988, etc.) enters the dialogue on female infidelity previously dominated by Dalma Heyn (The Erotic Silence of the American Wife, 1992). Read full book review >
SEX LIVES by Mark Baker
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"No more insightful than a heart-to-heart in a cappuccino commercial: Baker's subjects often parrot what the media tells them about themselves even as they live the contradictions in its message."
One hundred confidential reports on the sexual experience in America—no more thrilling a tale than one would expect—by the author of That's How Men Are (1991), Women (1989), and Cops (1985). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Maybe it should have been a novel."
Earnest memoir of Hamill's drinking days as a Brooklyn youth and young reporter. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"Worthwhile inspiration and insight for Down syndrome children, as well as for their families, teachers, friends, and advocates. (Photographs)"
Two young men with Down syndrome celebrate—with the support and word-processing assistance of their mothers—their successful coming of age and hard-won independence. Read full book review >
THE HEALING PATH by Marc Ian Barasch
Released: Jan. 4, 1994

"Some overloaded similes when straight statement would be stronger—but so what."
An immensely gripping, smartly paced cross-cultural survey of stays of death and ``miraculous'' recoveries from deadly illnesses, by a writer-producer who has survived for seven years the removal of his cancerous thyroid. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A soothing, clearly presented message of self-acceptance that may succeed in adding four new terms to the vocabulary of psychobabble. (First serial to Redbook)"
Slickly packaged pop psych from Kinder, who's previously tackled myths about self-improvement (Going Nowhere Fast, 1990) and marriage (Husbands and Wives, 1989). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >