Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Persuasive, straightforward, and worthy of attention in the ongoing national debate."
Crisp, clear analysis of health care—from the perspective of a businessman who applies a systems approach and focuses on the financial incentives that drive the system. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Kreidman, having inflamed the passions of men and women in Light Her Fire (1990) and Light His Fire (1989), now sets her sights on couples with children, advising them on how to keep love and lust alive amid the draining and humdrum duties of parenthood, jobs, and home management. ``Ten Second Kisses''; red light bulbs in the bedroom; quickies in the garage while you and your mate take out the garbage together; confidential envelopes sealed with heart stickers delivered to his office—these are the sort of incendiary suggestions that Kreidman proffers. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Physician Dossey (Medicine and Meaning, 1991, etc.) continues to probe links between medicine and spirituality in this popular study of the healing power of prayer. Read full book review >
MAGGIE by John Sanford
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 28, 1993

"A sometimes too personal story—occasionally, conversations obviously meaningful in context sound stiff and dated here—but heartfelt in its affection and gratitude. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A moving testimony to the endurance of love and the human spirit as veteran writer Sanford (View from this Wilderness; A More Goodly Country, etc.) celebrates his 50-year-plus marriage to the beloved late Maggie, screenwriter of the Oscar-winning True Grit. Read full book review >
OLD FRIENDS by Tracy Kidder
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Rich detail and true-to-the-ear dialogue let the brave and determined elderly speak for themselves—and for the continually surprising potential of the human spirit."
An eloquent account, neither bitter nor saccharine, of daily life in a nursing home. Read full book review >

NOT GUILTY by David Thomas
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Less sensational than the Farrell and unlikely to equal its readership; still, Thomas's reasonable voice adds weight and credibility to what looks to be a growing political awareness in the men's movement—with similar books probably not far behind."
If Warren Farrell's The Myth of Male Power (p. 763) was a broadside barrage against perceived political excesses of feminism, then Thomas's first book—urbane, witty (as befits the work of a former Punch editor), low-key—continues the battle on the diplomatic front. Read full book review >
UP AT OXFORD by Ved Mehta
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"First Class degree give it a bittersweet, sometimes slightly forced, quality."
An engaging memoir of life at Oxford University in the 50's, by the prolific—and blind—Indian-born Mehta (The Stolen Light, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 3, 1993

"Anyone interested in menopause should turn instead to Gail Sheehy's The Silent Passage or Germaine Greer's The Change. (Illustrations)"
Given the title, as well as the neo-Castanedan spiritual odyssey that the author has undertaken in the past (Shakkai, 1992; The Woman of Wyrrd, 1990; etc.), Andrews's newest journey is ironically physical, even clinical, seeming to contradict her own thesis that a spiritual awakening compensates for the physical losses occasioned by menopause. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Love may be a many-splendored thing, but Baldwin's palette is too bland to capture its essence. (Drawings and photographs- -not seen)"
Sketchy vignettes of 38 relationships, some romantic and enduring and some not, the subtitle notwithstanding. Read full book review >
GRIEVING by Ruth Pollack Coughlin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"While those who have suffered a loss many appreciate Coughlin's memoir, others will wish for less self-absorption and more about Bill, so that they might participate in the author's grief rather than witnessing it with a mixture of pity and impatience."
Raw outpouring of loss that's by turns moving and trying, by the widow of the recently deceased novelist and judge William J. Coughlin. Read full book review >
THE WINNER WITHIN by Pat Riley
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Engaging, down-to-earth advisories from a master of the game."
Winning, if demanding, prescriptions for success from one of the NBA's best coaches. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Abraham doesn't pretend to have the answers—but she illuminates the problems with passion and skill."
Cool yet compassionate eyewitness report of an inner-city black family's struggle to cope with sickness and poverty. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >