Learning to Heal: The Development of American Medical Education, Kenneth M. Ludmerer (Basic). "How did American medical education evolve from . . . (a shabby state) to the world's best in less than a century? The answer to that question is by no means simple, nor is it widely understood, but it is provided (here) with accuracy, clarity and the descriptive skill of a first-rate storyteller" (Sherman Mellinkoff).
Electronic and Computer Music, Peter Manning (Oxford), is "by far the most readable and coherent account of electronic sounds to have been written for the general reader" (Richard Swift).
The Female Malady, Elaine Showalter (Pantheon). "Limiting herself to the years between 1830 and 1980, (Elaine) Showalter investigates biography, letters and the fine and lively arts, as well as actual case histories, creating a concise history of psychiatry from a feminist standpoint" (Elaine Kendall).
Awaiting Trespass (A Pasion), Linda Ty-Casper (Reader's International, Columbia, La.), recounts the breaching of the "walls around the private lives of an affluent Filipino family as they respond to the reality of suffering and injustice in their native land . . . a powerful and poetic depiction of Philippine life" (Jeff Dietrich).