Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 13, 1994

"But the narrative is often chaotic, leading the reader astray from the main focus with endless mind-numbing details."
New cures for cancer and AIDS are waiting to be discovered in the world's rain forests, and we had better find them quickly before they disappear, says Joyce. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 6, 1994

"Avoiding romantic calls to return to the wilderness and arguments about women's inherent alliance with nature, Diamond directs attention to the cyclical nature of life and death, and provides a stepping stone for future ecofeminist efforts."
Diamond parallels the abuse of nature and the abuse of women to challenge ecological and feminist assumptions about population control and fertility. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Perhaps most helpful is the state-by-state resource directory."
Donnelly (Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling, 1987, etc.) combines personal testimonies with the observations of professionals to examine the unique ways in which AIDS affects surviving friends, siblings, parents, lovers, children, and spouses. Read full book review >
BACK TALK by Joan Weimer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 1994

"This almost brutal self-examination is written with humor, insight, and a gripping gift for detail that lets readers into the lives of two talented writers."
A book that began as a biography of a little-known 19th- century writer turned into this powerful, inspiring memoir of the author's yearlong time-out with a back injury. Read full book review >
SAME-SEX UNIONS IN PREMODERN EUROPE by John Boswell
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Well worth the attention of anyone with a serious interest in the social and spiritual history of love and marriage."
Boswell (History/Yale; Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, not reviewed) convincingly establishes that, from ancient times to the 18th century, throughout Christian Europe, same-sex union rituals honored a form of ``gay marriage.'' Working from church manuscripts, mainly in ancient Greek, that describe the ceremonies, Boswell carefully traces the historical context in which these practices occurred, exploring premodern beliefs about love and marriage, both gay and heterosexual. Read full book review >

CONDITION CRITICAL by Echo Heron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"The first two portions sometimes lag, but the third—which is the bulk of the book—is an engaging read. (First serial to Glamour; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Although prone to self-dramatizing hyperbole, former coronary care nurse Heron (Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse, 1987) is passionate and persuasive in this second memoir cataloguing the frustrations of the profession that ultimately burned her out. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 29, 1994

"A valuable contribution to family studies, this is also a sensible and creative survival manual for parents of adolescents as well as mental health professionals who counsel families."
A soundly researched and lucidly written survey of the daily emotional experience of mothers, fathers, and adolescents in 55 European-American working- and middle-class families. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 13, 1994

"Thought-provoking, even amusing at points, but seriously weakened by polemics, psychobabble, and an underdeveloped premise."
A deft account of psychotherapist Siegel's middle-aged coming-out process, interwoven with sometimes original, sometimes questionable analyses of the life stages of gay men. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 8, 1994

"A provocative study, albeit one that occasionally reads like a PhD thesis, of how scientific ideas operate in the real world."
An anthropologist's erudite report on how our ideas about the body (and society) are undergoing a dramatic shift. Read full book review >
BALSAMROOT by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Sagebrush and sage."
As Blew (All But the Waltz, 1991) watches her long-idolized aunt Imogene slide into dementia, she wisely analyzes past and present to create a stronger self and a more honest future. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"The science is clear, the issues are well articulated, and the human beings are artfully portrayed."
An award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter chronicles the troubling world of organ transplantation. Read full book review >
GENDER OUTLAW by Kate Bornstein
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Bornstein's witty style, personal approach, and frankness open doors to questioning gender assumptions and boundaries."
A thoughtful challenge to gender ideology that continually asks difficult questions about identity, orientation, and desire. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >