Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

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 >
HOT AND BOTHERED by Wendy Dennis
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Move over, Nancy Friday."
Canadian journalist Dennis surveys the contemporary sexual landscape and finds it mostly a hostile desert with a few oases and many mirages. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as gripping as its title implies, but, still, a thoughtful contribution to the literature on a controversial subject."
Bosk (Sociology/Univ. of Penn) examines the work of genetic counselors at a pseudonymous large urban clinical-and-research center, dubbed here the ``Nightingale Children's Center,'' and then casts a critical eye on his own research techniques. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"And that there are scientists like Rosenberg doing their all to make the therapy work."
The exciting story of an idea whose time has come—and of the man who pioneered it. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unique and important in recent addiction literature: a very fine achievement."
Brilliant and terrifying evocation of the crack monster devouring Washington, D.C., coupled with addicts' biographies. Read full book review >

REAL MAGIC by Wayne W. Dyer
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Dyer's strength is in popularizing these thinkers and their ideas for the mainstream; his weakness is in a certain whiff of infatuation with his own celebrity that now and then wafts up from his pages."
Dyer (You'll See It When You Believe It, 1989, etc.) recaps the major tenets of New Age thinking—power meditation, unified field theory, mind-body healing, and prosperity consciousness, to name a few. ``Real magic,'' according to Dyer, is the seemingly miraculous response of the environment to a unity of purpose and belief in the individual. Read full book review >
SHE WENT TO WAR by Rhonda Cornum
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A fast-paced story as much about war and one remarkable woman as about the tenacity of the human spirit. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map—not seen.)"
A soldier's story of the Gulf War—with a twist: The author, who was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, is a woman, wife, and mother, as well as a flight surgeon in the army. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Impressively researched: a worthy addition to the study of women's need for increased control of their own lives."
A feminist asks: Why did women use the now discredited Dalkon Shield, and is the Dalkon Shield case unique? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A compassionate and caring, albeit sometimes simplistic, call for adults and children to take the time to talk—and to listen—to one another."
A tribute to family values—respect, responsibility, and emotional support—from the well-known child psychologist who died this May. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A superficial look at the brave new world to come, enlightening primarily about research trends."
Bold predictions, mostly glowing, about the technological advances to come in medicine, complete with a time line from now to 2030. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 1992

"Still, get ready for a blitz."
Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, published two decades ago, sold millions of copies but was denounced by medical authorities for its unsound high-calorie, low-carbohydrate regimen. Read full book review >
Released: July 6, 1992

"An adroit recounting of the abortion controversies of the 1980's and a seemingly accurate assessment of the demise of the antiabortion coalition."
In an informative if partisan work, Planned Parenthood official McKeegan argues that the antiabortion forces—whose skillful focus on the issue aided Ronald Reagan's 1980 Presidential victory—have lost both their cohesiveness and the battle to ban abortion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >