Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

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 >
CODE BLUE by Edward R. Annis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Strident and rancorous rhetoric by an experienced partisan- -one who knows how to attack but fails to persuade."
Ill-tempered invective by a former president of the American Medical Association, railing against bureaucrats, malpractice lawyers, the press, and others whose morals or behavior offend him—and demanding a return to the days when doctors were ``well respected'' and medical care was ``available to all regardless of ability to pay.'' ``The Golden Age of Medicine'' is how Annis describes the era before LBJ's Great Society programs, when the author, now an octogenarian, was practicing family medicine and general surgery in Florida. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An engrossing look at a shadowy area of American life—and the dark underbelly of the Reagan years. (Eight pages of photographs)"
A startling portrayal of life at the frayed edges of the American Dream—of drag shows, transvestite hustlers, teenage hookers, flophouses—and murder most foul. Read full book review >
A SEASON IN THE AIR by Thomas Simmons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A fascinating yet disturbing look at flying and self- discovery."
An unusual melding of the author's experiences as a pilot and his hunger to take control of his life. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A well-done study. (Line drawings—not seen)"
What did Moses, Van Gogh, Lewis Carroll, and Dostoyevsky have in common? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A decidedly challenging book."
The thesis of this most interesting book by a Cambridge University psychologist (Richards) and a sociologist (Reibstein) is that the institution of modern marriage is ``inherently unstable'' because it's based on a set of impossible ideals. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"Inspirational—though Brontâ's largely anecdotal evidence may not convince everyone of the joys of aging."
An optimistic view of the graying of America, created by focusing on the success stories of a select group of working elderly. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 3, 1993

"Well-considered and convincing arguments designed to stimulate private thought and public discussion; of special interest to medical ethicists and health-care policy-makers."
A provocative analysis of how our attitudes toward our own mortality underlie society's health-care policies, especially regarding care of the dying and termination of medical treatment, as well as laws on living wills, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. Read full book review >
SECOND SIGHT by Robert V. Hine
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not an illuminating classic like Lusseyran's And There Was Light, but a pleasingly thoughtful, quietly courageous report from one who's lived his life both sighted and blind—but never, it seems, with blinders. (Three photographs)"
Uplifting, ruminative memoir by a history professor who went blind in middle age and regained his sight 15 years later. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >