Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

RECEPTORS by Richard M. Restak
Released: March 15, 1994

The bland title to psychiatrist/neurologist Restak's latest (The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, 1991, etc.) refers to the fascinating subject of drugs and the brain. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 1994

"Should be of help to depressives in understanding their illness while seeking treatment."
Uplifting, strongly researched but accessible book by Kathy Cronkite, Walter's daughter, following her studiously serious On the Edge of the Spotlight (1981). Read full book review >

SEXUAL DREAMS by Gayle Delaney
Released: March 1, 1994

"But beyond this, its too-literal and disorganized approach leaves the reader—or the client—guessing."
Another attempt by Delaney (Living Your Dreams, 1979, etc.) to whip our sleeping selves into waking fulfillment through step-by- step home remedies, visits to the author's Dream and Consultation Center, or both. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"However incomplete sociobiology and evolutionary psychology may be in explaining human relationships, they clearly affirm the value of raising the instinctual to the level of consciousness and the miracle, as Buss eloquently concludes, of modern marriage as a 'crowning achievement of humankind.''"
In a study involving over 10,000 people from 37 cultures, Buss (Psychology/Univ. of Michigan) uses evolutionary theory to explain the psychological mechanisms behind how and why people choose, keep and discard their mates. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Absorbing and sobering illumination of a dark corner of the American psyche."
Fascinating, well-researched account of how immigration and public health have influenced each other in the American experience. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Rich in detail and human interest."
Revealing account of the experience of tuberculosis from the patient's point of view. Read full book review >
CHILDREN FIRST by Penelope Leach
Released: Feb. 25, 1994

"Mild reservations aside, this is valiant and worthy and should have quite a following. (First printing of 75,000)"
Branded with the emphatic subtitle ``What our society must do- -and is not doing—for our children today,'' this bridge-burning work by the author of such respected parenting titles as Your Baby & Child, Babyhood, and The First Six Months is radical and provocative in its outlook for family and state. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1994

A rambling analysis of why the sexes don't get along and what to do about it, based on dialogues during a wilderness seminar. Read full book review >
MAKING CHOICES by Alexandra Stoddard
Released: Feb. 18, 1994

"Harmless and, to the totally inert, perhaps inspiring."
Lifestyle expert of McCall's magazine and prolific author of low-calorie self-help (Daring to Be Yourself, 1990, etc.), Stoddard offers her personal reflections on turning 50, revealing how she met the conflicting demands of a beautiful home, family, and life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"An angry little book, full of ammunition for the war between the sexes."
A modern-day (and humorless) Lysistrata, in which celibacy is not a means for forcing men to end a war but for women to achieve political power and independence. Read full book review >
SECRET LOVES by Sonya Friedman
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Sympathetic, but superficial."
A sketchy portrait of married women with long-term lovers—and if that sounds like the subject of a TV talk-show, don't be surprised: Pop psychologist Friedman (On a Clear Day You Can See Yourself, 1990, etc.) hosts CNN's Sonya Live!. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For the most part: an unsentimental, often funny account of life on the verge of death."
The near-fatal illness of surgeon-turned-writer Selzer (Down From Troy, 1992; etc.), told with his usual precision and grit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >