Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

MAKING CHOICES by Alexandra Stoddard
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 18, 1994

"Harmless and, to the totally inert, perhaps inspiring."
Lifestyle expert of McCall's magazine and prolific author of low-calorie self-help (Daring to Be Yourself, 1990, etc.), Stoddard offers her personal reflections on turning 50, revealing how she met the conflicting demands of a beautiful home, family, and life. Read full book review >
WOMEN, PASSION AND CELIBACY by Sally Cline
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"An angry little book, full of ammunition for the war between the sexes."
A modern-day (and humorless) Lysistrata, in which celibacy is not a means for forcing men to end a war but for women to achieve political power and independence. Read full book review >

SECRET LOVES by Sonya Friedman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Sympathetic, but superficial."
A sketchy portrait of married women with long-term lovers—and if that sounds like the subject of a TV talk-show, don't be surprised: Pop psychologist Friedman (On a Clear Day You Can See Yourself, 1990, etc.) hosts CNN's Sonya Live!. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For the most part: an unsentimental, often funny account of life on the verge of death."
The near-fatal illness of surgeon-turned-writer Selzer (Down From Troy, 1992; etc.), told with his usual precision and grit. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Diverting and instructive, though offering little that's surprising or new."
A physician's thoughtful but defensive attempt to explain himself and his profession. Read full book review >

FAMILY MYTHS by Joyce Block
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Clearly presented theory, amply illustrated with lengthy case histories."
An elaborate presentation of the idea that people can get locked into fictional roles by their families. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Mathematics and science aside, there's plenty of old- fashioned, helpful, and worthwhile advice here about gender differences, realistic expectations, love, and respect—advice that may appeal especially to those who enjoy taking quizzes and analyzing relationships."
From psychology professor (Univ. of Washington) and marriage researcher Gottman: an upbeat, easy-to-follow manual based on research into the dynamics of married couples. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
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 >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
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 >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
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
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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
HEALTH & MEDICINE
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >