Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 6, 1994

"A convincing case for the necessity of exposing children to nature, sometimes marred by the authors' narrow vision and smug tone. (10 pages b&w photographs—not seen)"
Meditations and personal anecdotes from naturalists/hiking buddies/fathers Nabhan (Gathering the Desert, 1985) and Trimble. ``Children do need wildness,'' the authors argue: not just trees and grass, but open, unpeopled places, where they can ``nibble on icicles and watch ants...lie back and contemplate clouds and chickadees.'' As parents, we should provide our young with ``direct exposure to a variety of wild plants and animals,'' including the less cuddly types, like snakes and lizards. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 4, 1994

Based on years of experience as professional matchmakers, the Wingos present advice, backed up by case histories, for those seeking committed relationships. Read full book review >

A FAMILY OF DOCTORS by David Hellerstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Rewarding reading—and a good gift for the would-be medical student."
An artful blend of medical history and family memoir. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1994

"An earnest proclamation that the life force can renew when asked."
A Canadian writer on religion, Harpur (God Help Us, Life After Death, etc.) here challenges doctors and other health care professionals ``to look beyond conventional approaches to a much wider paradigm or model of healing''—a paradigm he does not actually present. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1994

"A clear case of overkill."
Another miraculous prescription for mental and physical health, this time with sex as the cure-all. Read full book review >

CYBERIA by Douglas Rushkoff
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1994

"A provocative, wide-ranging survey of the current state of the interface between the longings of youth and the wild potentials of computer technology."
Rushkoff, a New York-based journalist, goes west to Berkeley for a look inside Cyberia—the emerging countercultural terrain of computer hackers, ``smart'' drugs, house music, and a range of alternate ``cyberpunk'' lifestyles and anarchic philosophies. Read full book review >
THE COURAGE TO RAISE GOOD MEN by Olga Silverstein
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Literate, perceptive, and provocative—sure to heat up the fires of the gender debate."
What do men want? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 31, 1994

"Rewarding for its glimpses into the real lives and thoughts of black adolescents in the city, otherwise diffuse and unconvincing."
This compilation of observations, journal entries, and conversations sets out to prove that New York's City's housing projects do not deserve their reputation as ``drug-infested war zones.'' Sociologists Williams (New School; Crack House, 1992, etc.) and Kornblum (CUNY; co-author, Growing Up Poor, 1985) set up the Harlem Writer's Crew, recruiting young people who lived in low- income housing projects in Harlem—the ``'jects''—to keep journals. Read full book review >
HETEROSEXUALITY by William H. Masters
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 30, 1994

"As sensible, reliable, and familiar as a comfortable old pair of walking shoes—and about as exciting."
Another encyclopedic tome from the renowned sex experts, loaded with research findings, practical advice, and statistics but little that's new, different, or controversial. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 17, 1994

"Valuable as an overview—despite a tendency to be repetitious and to oversimplify complex issues."
Clear analysis of how our health care system came to be the way it is and what challenges lie ahead. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 15, 1994

"Forthright, wise, and sobering advice as only someone who knows and loves his field—and wants to see the species and the planet survive. (Maps, photographs—not seen)"
This is a difficult but very important book by one of the great figures in genetic research. Read full book review >
RECEPTORS by Richard M. Restak
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 15, 1994

The bland title to psychiatrist/neurologist Restak's latest (The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, 1991, etc.) refers to the fascinating subject of drugs and the brain. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >