Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

WOMEN UNDER THE KNIFE by Ann Dally
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Thorough and engaging."
British psychiatrist Dally (Understanding, 1979, etc.) offers a refreshingly evenhanded history of the development of gynecological science in the 19th and 20th centuries—a process, she says, that was neither as triumphantly beneficial nor as deliberately abusive as other historians have claimed. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Marget gives that progress reality by reporting it in human terms."
A compelling and thorough status report on bone marrow transplantation, where ``technology is shuffling...just ahead of certain death.'' Marget, a Massachusetts free-lance journalist, focuses on the work of hematologist Joel Rappeport, head of Yale's bone marrow transplant program. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Gritty and unsentimental, but adamant in the conviction that there is always hope: as such, indispensable ammunition in the fight against addiction."
Deeply moving account of a voyage into and out of the hell of uppers and downers. Read full book review >
THE MISMEASURE OF WOMAN by Carol Tavris
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"The author's unusual ability to winnow out such deeply imbedded errors in thinking makes this an especially important, stimulating, and timely work, and an excellent complement to Susan Faludi's Backlash (1991)."
Social psychologist Tavris (Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, 1983) unveils society's systemic and often unconscious definition of the male as the norm against which women must measure up or be found deficient—a provocative and thought-provoking look at how sexism persists today. Read full book review >
LIFE ITSELF by Roger Rosenblatt
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

Life's editor-at-large Rosenblatt (Children of War, 1983) calls for a cease-fire in America's battle over abortion, brilliantly drawing up a resolution that tolerates this ``imponderable, agonizing and fundamentally ambiguous element in our national life.'' Rosenblatt argues that our politicized pro-choice/pro-life schism came about because of Roe v. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Revelatory but regrettably dry work with repercussions for today."
In a thorough and important, if often tiresomely repetitive, study, Solinger (Women's Studies/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) dissects the politics of female fertility in America from 1945-65, when the strikingly different treatments of middle-class white and poor black pregnant teenagers clearly reflected the demands of a racist, family-centered economy. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 25, 1992

"An insightful and practical handbook, useful alike for the attorney, the layperson interested in law, and anyone considering a divorce."
Through ten real-life illustrative matrimonial cases, Couric (The Trial Lawyers, 1988) offers an absorbing and useful ``general overview of the divorce process and divorce issues.'' The author describes each case from the point of view of one of the divorcing spouses, using each case to make some didactic point about the rapidly evolving and euphemistically misnamed field of ``matrimonial'' or ``family'' law. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 21, 1992

"But difficult as her approach may be, it's sound and ultimately rewarding as well."
A sober study by a clinical psychologist of the destructive legacy that narcissistic parents bequeath to their children and the troubling characteristics those children share as adults. Read full book review >
THE HEALER'S POWER by Howard Brody
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 19, 1992

"Erudite yet accessible: an excellent springboard for discussion of a compelling subject."
Physician Brody, director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State, offers new perspective on and fresh insights into medical ethics. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 18, 1992

According to the husband-and-wife team of scientist Hudson (Nightlife: The Interpretation of Dreams, 1986) and Jacot (a painter and psychological researcher), the psychological differences between men and women arise from a trauma suffered during infancy by men, in differentiating themselves from their mothers. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF THE RAGPICKER by Og Mandino
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Which, hopefully, means no further returns for a straw man whose sanctimony could give Christian faith, hope, and charity a very bad name."
More than 15 years have passed since the ``ragpicker'' vanished from Chicago, leaving Mandino a set of principles on how to lead a more fulfilling life—principles that the author chronicled in a deadly earnest parable, The Greatest Miracle in the World. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Provocative words—often captivating, but not often convincing."
The ethnobotanist co-author of Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide (not reviewed) puts forth the theory that magic mushrooms are the original ``tree of knowledge'' and that the general lack of psychedelic exploration is leading Western society toward eventual collapse or destruction—controversial statements, to say the least, though the argument's details often prove fascinating. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >