Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 212)

Released: July 1, 1992

"A true pleasure. (Illustrations—125 b&w—not seen.)"
First published in Germany in 1980, this elegantly trim and readable inquiry is the final volume (after The Railway Journey and Disenchanted Night—neither reviewed) of social-historian Schivelbusch's musings on the origin of modern industrial consciousness. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 1992

"While Heyn never quite develops a coherent thesis, then, she does give appealing voice to a growing and significant phenomenon in American female sexuality."
Through interviews with married women of various ages who have had affairs, Heyn, a Mademoiselle columnist who's worked in women's magazines for 20 years, takes a fresh look at female adultery— which she claims is on the rise—and attempts to explode some common beliefs about women and sex (among them, that women are monogamous by nature and that happily married women don't have affairs). Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 1992

"Bruisingly detailed: not for the fainthearted."
A plunge into the midnight world of gay sadomasochism and murder-for-kicks that was the playground of Manhattan art dealer Andrew Crispo and his 22-year-old protegÇ Bernard LeGeros. Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 1992

"Overly detailed but informative—and disturbing in its implications about the economic viability of the day-care system."
Close-up look at Cambridgeport Children's Center, a.k.a. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 1992

"Likely to offend those committed to orthodoxy, but offering a strong case for flexibility and diversity in programs for recovery from substance abuse. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
A 16-step program for overcoming addiction and dependency that speaks to the special needs of women and minorities; by a self-described ``feminist, Quaker, psychologist, healer, peace and social justice activist and a woman on [her] own spiritual journey.'' While acknowledging that AA's 12-step recovery program works for some, Kasl (Women, Sex, and Addiction, 1989) found that its allegedly upper-middle-class, white, male, Christian value system did not meet her own needs. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1992

"Green's history—personal, associative, intuitive, presenting an immense amount of diverse materials in a coherent, imaginative, and convincing form—is itself an expression of the New Age. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Green (The Mount Vernon Street Warrens, 1990, etc.) looks at the loosely connected set of ``ideas, icons, myths, and rituals'' that have recurred toward the ends of the past few centuries in order to energize and spiritualize the arid periods in between. Read full book review >
ONE'S COMPANY by Barbara Holland
Released: June 1, 1992

"A gift book that may help, disturb, and delight—though the generalities at times are like elevator stairs gone flat."
Holland (Hail to the Chiefs, 1990, etc.) wages an uphill battle against loneliness for widows, divorcÇes, and the aging. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

Kaminer (A Fearful Freedom, 1990, etc.) examines and deplores the latest manifestations of America's historic obsession with self-help: 12-step recovery movements, confessional talk-shows, pop-psych quick-fix books, New Age philosophy, the men's movement, and contemporary popular religious phenomena, including the evangelical movement and the writings of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. Read full book review >
OUR RIGHT TO DRUGS by Thomas Szasz
Released: June 1, 1992

"Places the rhetoric and the players in clear positions on the board, whether or not you agree with the Szasz prescription."
Szasz (Psychiatry/SUNY at Syracuse) at his abrasive best, skewering the shibboleths of the War On Drugs and giving historical context to the current national hubbub. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"A confidence-inspiring sourcebook for stricken families."
Straightforward advice from parents-who-have-been-there on how to cope with childhood cancer. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"A riveting warts-and-all portrait of a courageous and determined woman who, in a time of foment, wrought fundamental changes in the human social condition. (Photos—not seen.)"
A splendid biography of the woman who fought for more than half a century to bring birth control to America. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"Still, a thorough assessment of a perilous situation."
Silverman, Lydecker, and Lee—who took upon themselves the seemingly Sisyphean task of exposing the abuses of the pharmaceutical industry (Prescriptions for Death: The Drugging of the Third World, 1982, etc.)—now reexamine the situation in the Third World and conclude that a worldwide crisis exists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >