Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

YOUR HEALING MIND by Reed C. Moskowitz
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"An upbeat, down-to-earth book that functions well both as a self-help tool and as an introduction to mind-body therapy."
Mind-body therapy, ably demonstrated through case studies presented by psychiatrist Moskowitz, founder of NYU's Stress Disorders Medical Services Program. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Charming dog lore for dog lovers, not on a philosophical par with Vickie Hearne's work (Bandit, etc.) but just right for reading by the fire, Rover curled up at your feet. (Twenty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Amiable companion volume to A Cat Is Watching (1989), explaining just what goes on in Rover's head, and why. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Despite its subtitle, not a gripping story of heartache and courage, but a fitfully informative look at where nursing stands today."
The changing face of nursing—revealed through relatively lackluster portraits of three working nurses. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Success stories from Marone's students and her own life give this how-to-change-your-life volume a pleasingly upbeat tone."
A self-help book that, although replete with lists, explores somewhat broader reaches than the usual ``eight steps to a new you.'' Women (and men) are heavily burdened already with syndromes and symptoms that have catchy names—the ``Cinderella Complex,'' the ``Child Within,'' etc. Here's another: ``Learned Helplessness,'' or ``LH'' for short—a pattern of behavior first identified in animal experiments. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A very satisfying account of individual triumphs and personal transformations, with strong pulling power."
Why are some women able to handle adversity while others remain victims? Read full book review >

CHELSEA by Paul Ogden
Released: Jan. 23, 1992

"Candid and appealing—both as a treatise on deafness and signal dogs, and for its human-animal sentiments. (Twenty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In this lively memoir, Ogden (Communicative Disorders/California State Univ. at Fresno; co-author, The Silent Garden, 1982) eloquently explains what it's like for a deaf person to function in a hearing world—and how Chelsea, a well-trained ``signal dog,'' adds dimension to his life. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"A welcome and very timely counterpart to the extensive literature available on heart disease in men. (Illustrations.)"
Everywoman's guide to her heart, crafted by a cardiologist (Legato) and a medical writer (Colman: Love and Money, 1982), whose combined expertise and skills have produced a highly informative and thoroughly readable owner's manual. Read full book review >
FALSE GLORY by Steve Courson
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Controversial—and, at times, illogical, emotional, and self- serving; but, still, an undeniably poignant, important, and informative salvo in a real war on drugs."
Courson, an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1977-85, continues his `` tell the truth'' about the use of steroids in the NFL and the crucial need for more research into their long-term effects. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"It is impossible to read this without responding personally- -examining one's own losses—and feeling respect for such a compelling and even timeless work."
A profoundly moving meditation on loss and renewal. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Sure, there are some perfectly decent low-fat recipes here— but in an age when perfectly decent low-fat recipes crowd our shelves, that's not enough."
The introduction to this latest Weight Watchers compilation promises ``something for everyone,'' ``variety and fit your unique life-style.'' Which is just another way of saying that this is one more characterless Weight Watchers mishmash of convenience, contrivance, and clichÇ. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A solidly researched, nonconfrontational analysis that presents the facts and holds up solutions as a challenge to our democratic society."
A sweeping overview of the institutions, programs, and social trends that affect how America's children grow up. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A fine, example-filled account of how different times and different mores produce different psychosomatic illnesses."
Like other cultural phenomena, psychosomatic illnesses are subject to changes in fashion; here, Shorter (The Healthy Century, 1987, etc.) has applied his considerable skill in researching medical history to an examination of these trends from the mid-18th century to the present. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >