Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

Released: May 8, 1992

Writer and New York Times book critic Broyard died of cancer in 1990. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 1992

"Inspiring documentation showing that motivated and organized patients can make a difference. (Fifteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
How AIDS activists changed the way new drugs are developed, and why the biomedical establishment may never be the same again. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1992

"A superb guidebook to issues most of us would rather not think about—but should."
A practical primer on how to safeguard your right to make your own decisions about medical care. Read full book review >
LONGEVITY by Kathy Keeton
Released: May 1, 1992

"Keeton promises more than she delivers, but her enthusiasm about the possibilities of living longer, healthier lives will keep readers turning pages in search of the magic bullet against the ills of aging."
An optimistic report on what's going on in scientific research on aging, by the publisher of Longevity magazine. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"Some may find all this amusing and bracingly accurate about the realities of a contemporary mother's life; others may experience it as ultimately somewhat depressing."
From Zarnow (Husband is the Past Tense of Daddy, 1991), short essays that celebrate the small joys and rue the trials of days spent taking care of the house, doing the family chores, and tending three small kids. ``My family is ordinary, my children are generic, and out of 31 possible flavors my life is vanilla,'' Zarnow avows in her preface. Read full book review >

Released: April 20, 1992

"We can not yet, and perhaps never will, eliminate philosophy or psychology from the discussion."
``Strenuous'' is how Nobelist (Physiology or Medicine, 1972) Edelman describes the difficulties readers will encounter as they ply their way through yet another texty analysis of what it means to be a mind. Read full book review >
AGAINST EXCESS by Mark A.R. Kleiman
Released: April 19, 1992

"Lucid, learned, free of polemic—a must for anyone wishing a clear view of the strident national debate on drug policy."
A closely reasoned and authoritative analysis of US drug policy. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 1992

"Replete with anecdotal material, this offers few new insights but does lay out issues of development that only adoptees face over the course of life."
A rather thin volume that nevertheless will reassure adoptees that it is usual for questions about adoption and birth parents to persist throughout life. Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 1992

"A fascinating if incomplete look at a 20th-century Renaissance man. (Twenty-five photographs—not seen.)"
Best known as the chemist who first synthesized the steroid oral contraceptive popularly called ``the Pill,'' Djerassi (Chemistry/Stanford; the novel Cantor's Dilemma, 1989, etc.), now 68, demonstrates once again that he's no white-coated specialist working in isolation in a lab but a colorful, even eccentric and sometimes self-indulgent man of the world—one who's got chutzpah and a sense of humor and who's deeply concerned with social issues. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Thin in spots, but, still, an engrossing and sensitive memoir that moves along at the swift pace of a well-written novel. (Eight b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The thoughtful autobiography of a white lesbian who grew up in Alabama, where she grappled with the complexities of the pre-civil- rights era and her own emerging sexuality. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Easier to read than to act on, more moderate in tone than Bly or Keen—a lucid and perceptive offering."
In the broadening wake of Iron John and Fire in the Belly comes an equally strong entry that focuses on conflicts common to men—between the need to connect and reluctance to do so, for example—and comes up with highly viable strategies and trustworthy solutions. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"This one surely rates a hearing. (Line drawings throughout.)"
The proprietor of an international chain of weight-loss centers puts her program in print with this all-round advisory on taking and keeping it off. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >