Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 8, 1992

"Replete with anecdotal material, this offers few new insights but does lay out issues of development that only adoptees face over the course of life."
A rather thin volume that nevertheless will reassure adoptees that it is usual for questions about adoption and birth parents to persist throughout life. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 6, 1992

"A fascinating if incomplete look at a 20th-century Renaissance man. (Twenty-five photographs—not seen.)"
Best known as the chemist who first synthesized the steroid oral contraceptive popularly called ``the Pill,'' Djerassi (Chemistry/Stanford; the novel Cantor's Dilemma, 1989, etc.), now 68, demonstrates once again that he's no white-coated specialist working in isolation in a lab but a colorful, even eccentric and sometimes self-indulgent man of the world—one who's got chutzpah and a sense of humor and who's deeply concerned with social issues. Read full book review >

I DWELL IN POSSIBILITY by Toni McNaron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Thin in spots, but, still, an engrossing and sensitive memoir that moves along at the swift pace of a well-written novel. (Eight b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The thoughtful autobiography of a white lesbian who grew up in Alabama, where she grappled with the complexities of the pre-civil- rights era and her own emerging sexuality. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Easier to read than to act on, more moderate in tone than Bly or Keen—a lucid and perceptive offering."
In the broadening wake of Iron John and Fire in the Belly comes an equally strong entry that focuses on conflicts common to men—between the need to connect and reluctance to do so, for example—and comes up with highly viable strategies and trustworthy solutions. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1992

"This one surely rates a hearing. (Line drawings throughout.)"
The proprietor of an international chain of weight-loss centers puts her program in print with this all-round advisory on taking and keeping it off. Read full book review >

THE FRAGILE SPECIES by Lewis Thomas
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A literary stethoscope: polished, professional, predictable."
Further essays by the prolific physician-writer (Et Cetera, Et Cetera, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
ALBERT SCHWEITZER by James Bentley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 1992

"An admirable if flawed addition, then, to Schweitzer studies. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Bentley (Martin Niemoller, 1984), a former Anglican priest, makes use here of hitherto unpublished material in the Albert Schweitzer Archive in Alsace to paint a disquieting portrait of a very puzzling man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1992

Calling itself ``an operator's manual to the psyche'' of men (and a guide to their ``hard-wiring'' for women), this is also a firm if rather theoretical response to critics who charge that men's movement gatherings and exhortations are silly, reactive, and shallow. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 9, 1992

"An innovative treatment, muddied slightly by Feuerstein's slack writing style and tendency to overstatement. (Illustrations.)"
Here, Feuerstein (Holy Madness, 1991) tackles the spiritual potential of sex—comparing and contrasting motifs and practices from neolithic to neo-pagan times to conclude that we need to reconnect with the ancient experience of the energy of sex. ``Our civilization encourages us to neglect the lived body, even to ignore and deprecate it,'' writes Feuerstein. ``This dovetails with the Christian ideology that the body is corrupt and that we must therefore place our attention on the Eternal, the paradise beyond the finite human body and its concerns.'' Feuerstein contrasts our disembodied, guilt-filled state with neolithic Goddess cults that purportedly encouraged—and worshipped—a magically potent, boundlessly creative female sexuality. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1992

"The foreword by Diane Feinstein and afterword by Geraldine Ferraro are likely to offer readers more insight into what makes a female leader, and may inspire more perceptive studies in the future."
Cantor (a New Jersey psychologist) and Bernay (Neuropsychiatric Institute/UCLA) interview 25 prominent female elected officials in an attempt to analyze what life experiences enable women leaders to succeed. Read full book review >
FOREVER AND FIVE DAYS by Lowell Cauffiel
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"A potentially controversial narrative marred by excessive detailing that occasionally stalls the story and by superficial analysis of the psychology of the principals. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A torpid retelling by Cauffiel (Masquerade, 1988) of a Grand Rapids serial-murder case that received extensive media attention and stimulated debate about nursing-home care for the aged. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Notable for its window into the thoughts and feelings of an autistic child—and for its gratifyingly happy ending."
An unusual point/counterpoint journal by a mother and her son, chronicling the painful years the son suffered from autism and his remarkable recovery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >