RaveLos Angeles Review of BooksPetrova’s timely new book is a deep dive into the oft-underrepresented world of infertility, pregnancy, and motherhood, including all the medical, legal, and emotional obstacles women face ... With jaded humor, Lana captures an experience many struggling with infertility will recognize ... The clever narrative structure...grow[s] increasingly layered and intertwined as the plot progresses ... The thrill of voyeurism drives the novel’s manic energy ... Petrova is writing in a genre known for its stock characters ... Yet, the author’s plunge into the complicated world of infertility and mixed families shapes old tropes into ripe canvases. The result is a thrilling suspense novel that asks important questions about the way parenthood will evolve in our medical and political landscape. This impressive debut novel is an ethical matryoshka that ups the ante with each plot twist. Despite this weightiness, like the best crime fiction, Her Daughter’s Mother still makes for a page-turning beach read.
Ed. by Bandy X. Lee and Robert Jay Lifton
PositiveThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe president is dangerous, and likely mentally unfit for office. That’s the hard truth of the essay collection The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President ... Originally conceived as a traditional publication of proceedings, it grew in scope once the popular interest became clear ...seeks to answer a question many have been asking since Trump announced his candidacy: Is he crazy like a fox, or just crazy? ...strongest moments are when the authors go beyond symptoms and behavior markers, and illuminate Donald Trump’s dangerousness — and the extreme risk of keeping him in office ... The Dangerous Case might leave the reader wishing for a more actionable next step.