Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"There's no mystery about where this one is heading: right on to the bestseller lists."
More spiritual self-help from the author of the bestselling Care of the Soul (1992—not reviewed), this time focusing on relationships among spouses, family, and friends. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"But someone had to contradict Heyn—it's only too bad that it wasn't a writer of greater depth and sagacity. (First serial to Redbook)"
Botwin (Men Who Can't Be Faithful, 1988, etc.) enters the dialogue on female infidelity previously dominated by Dalma Heyn (The Erotic Silence of the American Wife, 1992). Read full book review >

SEX LIVES by Mark Baker
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"No more insightful than a heart-to-heart in a cappuccino commercial: Baker's subjects often parrot what the media tells them about themselves even as they live the contradictions in its message."
One hundred confidential reports on the sexual experience in America—no more thrilling a tale than one would expect—by the author of That's How Men Are (1991), Women (1989), and Cops (1985). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Maybe it should have been a novel."
Earnest memoir of Hamill's drinking days as a Brooklyn youth and young reporter. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"Worthwhile inspiration and insight for Down syndrome children, as well as for their families, teachers, friends, and advocates. (Photographs)"
Two young men with Down syndrome celebrate—with the support and word-processing assistance of their mothers—their successful coming of age and hard-won independence. Read full book review >

THE HEALING PATH by Marc Ian Barasch
Released: Jan. 4, 1994

"Some overloaded similes when straight statement would be stronger—but so what."
An immensely gripping, smartly paced cross-cultural survey of stays of death and ``miraculous'' recoveries from deadly illnesses, by a writer-producer who has survived for seven years the removal of his cancerous thyroid. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A soothing, clearly presented message of self-acceptance that may succeed in adding four new terms to the vocabulary of psychobabble. (First serial to Redbook)"
Slickly packaged pop psych from Kinder, who's previously tackled myths about self-improvement (Going Nowhere Fast, 1990) and marriage (Husbands and Wives, 1989). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Individually, the pieces are touching—but repetition robs them of much of their impact."
Inspirational speeches—along with autobiographical material—given from May 1992 through June 1993 by Fisher, former White House staffer in the Ford Administration, AIDS activist, and founder of the Family AIDS Network. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A delightful and informative survey that puts medicine into perspective as just another endeavor fraught with all the usual human frailties. (Thirty-nine illustrations)"
Idiosyncratic, crotchety—and very funny—history of medicine by the British author of Doctor in the House (which launched the popular 1950's-60's film and TV series) and a slew of other novels with a medical theme. Read full book review >
SEX by Harry Maurer
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Too haphazard and noninterpretive to rank with the comparable oral-history of S&M sex, Different Loving (p. 498)—but, still, opening a clear window onto the sex lives of the neighbors, for those bold enough to peep in. (First serial to Playboy)"
What do people actually do in bed? Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

Here's a radical approach to children's TV—from an academic who doesn't see it as the root of violence, hedonism, and low reading scores. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Richard was found guilty and is serving life behind bars—but the evidence in the case, confounding and contradictory, is hardly clarified by Gray's often melodramatic treatment. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
The fatal poisoning in 1991 of Dallas socialite Nancy Lyon has all the ingredients for a solid true-crimer: big money; a philandering husband; incest; ambiguous evidence; courtroom drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >