Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 1995

A cogently narrated personal exploration of the pain of raising black boys in a society that the author sees as fearing black men and indifferent to their survival. Read full book review >
LIFE AND HOW TO SURVIVE IT by Robin Skynner
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Child'' and insisted on heavy editing and strong shaping, this work might have moved beyond self-help mediocrity."
You'd think Monty Python creator Cleese tackling health, happiness, and life after death would make for hilarious reading. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Rosenberg reviews all the findings about food and specific bodily breakdowns in alphabetical order from acne (no, chocolate doesn't aggravate it) to vaginal yeast infection (yes, yogurt does work—but not the frozen kind). (First printing of 250,000)"
Writer Jane Stern, that tireless observer of American fads and fancies, recently noted that today's puritan eating obsessions represent a new culinary idea: Food is medicine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A mountain of raw material out of which a useful book could have been shaped."
In her debut, Studs Terkel protÇgÇe Lewis fumbles an attempt to create a portrait of Chicago's Cook County Hospital by recording the voices of its staff and a few patients. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A solid use of provocative historical cases to raise new questions in the contemporary child-care debates, but with its rough style and chaotically veering judgments, it doesn't provide answers."
An intriguing but weakly argued introduction to an underexplored subject. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Fascinating reading for doctors and patients alike."
Some surprising answers to questions about why our bodies are designed the way they are and why we get the diseases we do. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Non-devotees of the New Age and nonreaders of Markides's previous efforts are apt to be left out in the cold as the current volume approaches its own hidden wisdom in nearly content-free language."
Further ruminations concerning the mysticism, knowledge, and nature of ultimate reality add little to previous volumes by the same author. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"An articulate and cautiously optimistic defense of medical research. (Illustrations, not seen)"
An unpedantic look at the extent to which the ``quiet art'' of healing is based on scientific research, by a professor concerned about the growing public disillusionment with modern medicine. Read full book review >
A STROKE OF GENIUS by Paul West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

The mind-body problem West (Love's Mansion, 1992, etc.) confronts in this pugnacious memoir owes more to Hippocrates than to Descartes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"And what if your kid bangs in the 14th month instead of the 13h, where it's listed here? (First printing of 200,000; author tour)"
The bestselling mother-and-daughters team that told baby boomers in great detail what to expect when they were expecting (1984) and what to expect in the first year (not reviewed), now inundate parents again with this guide to years two and three. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1994

"Welcome and generally useful information for the growing number of men and women contemplating partnerships after 60. (Author tour)"
An informal exploration of romantic love and marriage among those usually considered old enough to know better. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Segal's analysis begins to fill a tremendous void in the literature and will be a welcome change to depressing and damaging stereotypes that depict all men as savage sexual beings and women as unwitting victims."
A fresh and welcome feminist perspective on the place and value of heterosexual sex in society. 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 >