Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

A MOTHER'S STORY by Gloria Vanderbilt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1996

"The reader will bear the weight of her sorrow, even after the book is closed."
A poignant and painful memoir of a son's suicide—the dark side of Mother's Day. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"With striking statistics and engrossing case studies, Barnett and Rivers deliver a timely and lucid exposition of the contemporary American family."
A significant and unabashedly optimistic assessment of two- income families, expressed in lively, straightforward prose. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"McGrath achieves a balance between mockery and understanding that is rare among commentators on contemporary spirituality."
An Englishwoman's amused yet sympathetic journey through the New Age culture of the American West. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

It's where on the sandlot you, as a kid, first essayed the national pastime that determines your lot in life, according to the comic proponents of the Ryan Theory of Adolescent Development in American Males. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"This joylessness is understandable given her own experience of violence and isolation, first as a masculine woman, and now as a transgendered lesbian, but it leaves out an important aspect of her subject. (Author tour)"
A much-needed project, unfortunately weighed down by repetition and clichÇ. Read full book review >

THE CIGARETTE PAPERS by Stanton A. Glantz
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Difficult as it is to work one's way through this book, the labor yields disclosures of the sort that doubtless makes for an industry insider's worst nightmare—revelations that will add new fuel to the widening debate about smoking."
An eye-opening exposÇ of the workings of the tobacco industry, based on the leaked internal documents of a leading cigarette company. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Upbeat, positive messages suggesting that the similarities in Americans' lives outweigh the differences—perfect for an election year. (Author tour)"
A collection of inspirational correspondence from parents, grandparents, mentors, and friends aimed at guiding a younger generation along the road to fulfillment. Read full book review >
GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART by Fenton Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"It deserves the widest possible audience. (Author tour)"
A spiritual autobiography in the form of a novelist's memoir about losing his lover to AIDS. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Hundreds of actors wander on and off stage in a sweeping narrative that deftly underscores the crisis of confidence now troubling our political system. (Author tour)"
A sobering and sometimes maddening play-by-play of Bill Clinton's abortive crusade to reform health care. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"This concrete and powerful contribution will be required reading for all involved in the abortion debate."
Autobiography combines with a battery of argument and data in this passionate account of the author's transition from pioneer of abortion rights to champion of the pro-life cause. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"With its painfully stilted academic prose and suffocating atmosphere of political correctness, Fatal Advice isn't likely to convince those who have seen greater complexity in the matter of AIDS education. (10 illustrations, not seen)"
An idiosyncratic and somewhat incoherent investigation into sex education in the age of AIDS. Read full book review >
PICASSO'S WOMAN by Rosalind MacPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Any book from MacPhee promises equally to be a good one."
Published in Canada in slightly different form in 1994, this absorbing story of a resourceful and courageous woman learning to live with breast cancer received the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award. 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 >