Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

Released: April 14, 1993

"Even sex, it seems, can be dull."
From the files of a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist: ten uninteresting cases centering on sexual problems. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 1993

"This fire in the soul may warm already converted New Agers, but most others will find it wan comfort indeed."
More well-meaning New Age psychopop from the author of Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson (1990), etc. According to psychologist Borysenko, who tends to gush, her ``soul has burned with the question why''—specifically, why does God allow suffering? Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1993

"Not likely to be favorite bedtime reading for John Paul II—or for anyone who believes in mature debate."
Hotheaded, ill-mannered attack against the Catholic Church, by a disaffected doctor. Read full book review >
LIFESPAN by Thomas J. Moore
Released: April 1, 1993

"An authoritative, accessible, and lively study that may unsettle those who prefer to feel in firm control of their destiny."
A disturbing examination of the diverse and interacting factors that influence the human life span, plus a brief look at some attempts to alter the aging process. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Volkan offers some understanding of a universal human experience, but his therapeutic advice is too brief to be truly useful."
A psychiatrist reveals what he's learned about how we mourn- -and what happens when we can't. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1993

"As in a good novel, these real-life characters elicit cheers and boos, sympathy and disdain—and greater understanding of the emotional minefield walked by new parents."
A remarkably absorbing series of stories about real couples dealing with pregnancy and baby's first year. Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 1993

"For the woman who wasn't born yesterday and won't stop thinking about tomorrow's lover, these lubricated sentiments can offer humorous support—but for many, Brown's lifelong pursuit of happiness will seem no more uplifting than flimsy lingerie."
Thirty years after her Sex and the Single Girl assured women that acting smart and feeling sexy aren't incompatible, Brown (Having It All, 1982, etc.) returns to explain how aging also fits right into the formula. Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 1993

"A thought-provoking study, bringing together many social, biological, and political theories into a well-reasoned volume."
A stimulating and tightly argued treatise on how American and Western culture defines gender and uses that definition to make the ``equality of women'' an oxymoron. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1993

"Too hesitant for baby boomers looking for clear-cut advice— and for just that reason, an intelligent presentation of the price of uncertainty."
The answer seems to be ``yes,'' although Fay (A Mortal Condition, 1983) so hedges her answers in this thoughtful but meandering discussion that some readers may close the covers more bewildered than before. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 1993

"A serious effort that commands attention when the poor speak for themselves but that loses its power when the professor lectures."
What life is like for single mothers and their children living in poverty in America today—and why it need not be that way. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"There's not much new here, but Konner's arguments for reforming our health-care system are forceful, and his recommendations for change are specific."
Konner (Psychology, Neurology, and Anthropology/Emory Univ.; Why the Reckless Survive, 1990, etc.) analyzes our sociocultural system of medicine—and finds it wanting. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"An important and comprehensive reference for those involved in both gender battles and the fight for comprehensive child care."
A forceful overview of how what's perceived as good for the child changes as the culture and public-policy change—currently, Berry says, to the detriment of women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >