Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An optimistic and engagingly well-told life story that incorporates scientific investigation into its altruistic message."
A Stanford neurosurgeon and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education relates how to achieve lofty life goals by harnessing the power of both the brain and the heart. Read full book review >
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LITTLE by Erika Christakis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A deep, provocative analysis of the current modes of teaching preschoolers and what should be changed to create a more effective learning environment for everyone."
An early childhood educator offers fresh advice on how parents and teachers should be interacting with preschool children to achieve better overall results. Read full book review >

WHILE THE CITY SLEPT by Eli Sanders
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An exceptional story of compelling interest in a time of school shootings, ethnic and class strife, and other unbound expressions of madness and illness."
Disturbing, sometimes-horrifying story of true crime and justice only partially served. Read full book review >
THE POINT IS by Lee Eisenberg
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Challengingly thought-provoking, Eisenberg's self-probing processes will encourage anyone to further ponder the meaning of life."
A meditation on the relevance of celebrating one's ever unfolding life story through the preservation and recognition of memories. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A scrupulously researched, sometimes-impressive work that offers an impassioned call for self-care and patient empowerment."
A debut health care guide that asserts that physical pain is an epidemic that the medical community doesn't always appropriately treat. Read full book review >

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity."
A neurosurgeon with a passion for literature tragically finds his perfect subject after his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. Read full book review >
IN A DIFFERENT KEY by John Donvan
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An invaluable guide for those dealing with autism and an inspiring affirmation of every individual's contribution to 'the fabric of humanity.'"
How autism has been transformed over the past century into "a threat that stalk[s] the nation," giving pause to prospective parents. Read full book review >
CURE by Jo Marchant
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject."
Marchant (The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy, 2013 etc.) explores how traditional and alternative medicine overlap.Read full book review >
Ignore Your Teeth and They'll Go Away by Sheldon Dov Sydney
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"All the information a reader would expect from a textbook on gum disease, lucidly explained."
From warning signs to treatment options, this book provides a trove of useful and often surprising facts about dental health. Read full book review >
JUST MEDICINE by Dayna Bowen Matthew
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"Health care providers, hospital administrators, insurers, and those involved in civil rights law will find food for thought here; general readers will be better served by Damon Tweedy's Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine (2015)."
A densely written proposal for reducing discrimination by white physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel against minorities seeking medical services. Read full book review >
MY CONFECTION by Lisa Kotin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Full of finely sifted detail but uneven."
Actor and performance artist Kotin bravely reveals just how powerful sugar addiction can be. Read full book review >
BIG GIRL by Kelsey Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An anti-diet diet book that offers perhaps too much food for thought."
A hard-core dieter pokes fun at herself and the diet industry while trying to overcome her own food obsessions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >