Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"The Draveckys' sincerity shines through even this orgy of soul-beating, which says a lot for them. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In 1989, major-league pitcher Dravecky—who struggled back from surgery on his cancerous left arm only to break the arm ruinously while pitching—learned a bitter lesson about comebacks. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"A harmless if uncertainly salubrious mix that could appeal to uncritical self-helpers."
This odd compendium of ``revivers and comforters'' (bread pudding; the tripe hangover cure, menudo), ``feel-good foods'' (an alphabetical listing from apples to yogurt), ``healing herbs and spices'' (embracing chamomile and chili powder), and remedies (for acne, anemia, hypertension) combines a sophisticated range of simple ethnic recipes with rivers of eclectic chat on specific foods, nutrients, remedies, and ailments. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"The extensive notes and bibliography help document shifting attitudes toward romance and marriage, but a topic like this deserves a little passion."
A scholarly study of Jewish sexuality that is neither sexy nor particularly Jewish. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"In a decade when the emphasis is said to be shifting from self-satisfaction to the moral and ethical, this look into the experiences of people whose sense of justice or service dictates their lives is both informative and inspiring."
An exploration of the lives and moral development of 23 men and women dedicated to ``making the world a better place.'' The authors, both developmental psychologists (Colby at Radcliffe, Damon at Brown), set out to discover whether there is a clear path to the extraordinary moral leadership exemplified by people like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Andrei Sakharov. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 1992

"No false heroics, no patriotic gloss, only the Vietnam War in all its grim reality. (Fifteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A searing account from former Army nurse Smith of her tour of duty in Vietnam and its devastating personal aftermath. Read full book review >

MAY ALL BE FED by John Robbins
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"They won't convert advanced foodies, but they'll do fine with Robbins's following."
Robbins's Diet for a New America (1987) was one of those virtuous guides to alternative eating that said nothing much new but somehow caught on: The publishers claim 350,000 copies in print. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Weddington preaches to the converted, and inadequately addresses legal objections to Roe, but she gives valuable, passionate insights into the significance of that historic case."
The lawyer who argued Roe v. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

A sophisticated and sympathetic look at nonconventional healing methods and their place in a pluralistic democracy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"Given a tolerance for lists and comfort with an approach that precludes subtlety, readers with histories of unhappy relationships may gain insight from this solid, well-organized advice."
The bestselling author of Secrets of Men Every Woman Should Know (1990) and How to Make Love All the Time (1987) now dissects bad love choices. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 1992

"Intriguing but—particularly in Apter's reinterpretation of data regarding sensation-seeking—not wholly convincing."
An examination of why humans crave excitement and why excitement has value for both the individual and the culture. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Good feelings galore, but next time, hold those maxims."
A Conservative rabbi (The Healer of Shattered Hearts, 1990) ponders the ways by which words link God and humans. Read full book review >
MAKING LOVE by Richard Rhodes
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A stunning act of self-revelation, bound to create a stir."
Pulitzer-winner Rhodes, apparently galvanized by the overwhelming emotional response to his account of his abused childhood in A Hole in the World (1990), pushes still deeper into forbidden territory with this frank exploration of how he learned to heal his wounds, largely unconsciously, through sex. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >