Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Reading this book may produce the following symptoms: heavy eyelids and uncontrollable yawns."
A tedious day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of a young pediatric nurse's year-long bout with a debilitating illness whose array of symptoms baffles medical specialists. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Filled with all the fervor of an uncompromising reformer certain of the truth of his message."
Pugnacious arguments in favor of a single-payer health plan for the United States, along with instructions for building a mass movement to get one. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"Too judgmental and pretentious to earn a wide readership."
An odd, unconvincing case for breadwinning mommies and homemaking daddies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"May's fertile analysis of childlessness should be included as part of any inquiry into the construction and meaning of family life. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A superb historical and qualitative analysis that explores the intersection of public and private definitions of fertility and childlessness. Read full book review >
BREAKTHROUGH by Whitley Strieber
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"Still, if you can stomach the spiritual coating, Strieber's purported proof of alien visitors will at least give you serious pause."
If you thought Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones was strange, it's nothing compared to what Strieber relates of his latest encounters with alien ``visitors.'' Strieber, too, has visions of the renewal of humanity, its elevation to a higher level of consciousness, mediated by the aliens who have been appearing to him regularly since 1985. Read full book review >

NEW PASSAGES by Gail Sheehy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1995

"A mix of inventive speculation and solid informationon impotence and menopause among the latterbut its impact is diluted by horoscope-like predictions and (though Sheehy surveyed thousands of people) a penchant for presenting anecdote as evidence. (Author tour)"
Here is Passages II, an upbeat, fact-filled, people-rich, but ultimately unsatisfying sequel to the 1976 bestseller. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 1995

"Full of good sense and good reportage, Mather's book deserves wide attention. (author tour)"
If the thought of a farm straight out of Woody Allen's Sleeper, overrun with mammoth chickens and gargantuan vegetables, scares you, then this book will fuel a thousand nightmares. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 1995

"An entirely unnecessary guidebook to misery."
A writer and musician from Tucson recalls his brief addiction to drugs, two decades after the fact and without any evident point. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1995

"A whirling wonder of history, analysis, and wit, and a serious contribution to burning issues of sexual identity and politics."
A dazzling and provocative rendering of bisexuality in history, this book is sure to spark controversy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1995

"Endearing without being saccharine. (b&w photos, some not seen)"
This tale of life with sextuplets is so lively and good- humored it almost makes you wish they were yours. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Regrettably, it also seems as if one in two psychology doctorates ends in a generally superficial book."
Yet another entrant in the anecdotal, pop-psych literature on marriage and divorce, this one from the coauthors of Second Chances (1989). Read full book review >
THE SLIGHTLY OLDER GUY by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Slight, but for Friedman's target demographic, reliably fun. (illustrations)"
A veteran humorist offers wry and shticky counsel on how to survive the ``rough patch'' of incipient male aging. 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 >