Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Persuasive in its general message concerning the flaws of Western medicine, although the author gets bogged down trying to dispel macrobiotics' cult image and gives short shrift to other alternative therapies."
An earnest plea for a holistic model of medicine combining the best of Eastern and Western approaches. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Readers curious about this vanishing tribal practice may find Hall's book informative, as will glossolaliacs who will appreciate his lidlotis utterances. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
Take a journey to Ixtlan—by way of Swaziland—in this verbose, self-conscious narrative by the only white man to have ever become a sangoma, a traditional African healer. Read full book review >
HOW TO MEET MEN AS SMART AS YOU by Sandee Brawarsky
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 1994

"Get out and meet someone, already."
Matchmakers and matchees alike will find help in this good- humored, complete guide, which advises women to leave no stone unturned—and no phone call unreturned—in the determined quest for a mate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 1994

"Though she has a superb story, Solinger never quite finds the voice with which to tell it. Despite these rough edges, well worth the attention of anyone interested in the history of women's reproductive rights."
Solinger's (Wake Up, Little Susie, 1992) biography of abortionist Ruth Barnett introduces us to a compelling character and to the underdocumented history of illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade. Read full book review >

REAL MOMENTS by Barbara De Angelis
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For people who regret the lack of spirituality in their lives but aren't inclined to seek it through organized religion or rigorous soul-searching, this upbeat, easy-to-digest self-help book could be just the ticket. (Author tour)"
More Insight Lite from bestselling author De Angelis (Are You the One for Me?, 1992, etc.), this time on the need to stop and smell the roses. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A wise and animated account of raising children well in spite of a particularly large generation gap. (Author tour)"
An inspiring, humorous, and thoughtful account of unexpected single motherhood by former LBJ White House press secretary Carpenter (Ruffles and Flourishes, 1970). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"One does not like to apply the phrase too often in a book review, but here is a volume that should be required reading for policy makers and health professionals."
Garrett, Newsday and former National Public Radio reporter, has written an excellent encyclopedic history—and jeremiad—of man versus microbe in the last decades of the century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"This scrappy tale is a testament to what a powerful will can- -and can't—do in the face of severe MS."
This gritty story of a woman's desperate struggle to overcome severe chronic progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is a sometimes grating reminder that the disabled are no better than the rest of us. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"Phillips raises some crucial questions for parents of sons, but, disappointingly, this book is too scattered to explore them adequately."
British journalist Phillips (Until They Are Five, not reviewed, etc.) takes an inconsistent and often confusing approach to the subject of raising sons. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"But even after undergoing therapy, Gaines still hasn't finished blaming others for things she did to herself. (Author tour)"
An autobiographical portrait of a black woman who worked her way up from convicted felon to award-winning reporter for the Washington Post. Read full book review >
RAISING LAZARUS by Robert Pensack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Packs a powerful punch."
The haunting story of a man's struggle to survive with a terribly damaged heart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >