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Best Health and Popular Science Books of 2019

  • NONFICTION

    THE UNDYING

    SEPT. 17, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE UNDYING

by Anne Boyer

Told with brutal clarity, this is a haunting testimony about death that is filled with life. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BOTTLE OF LIES

    MAY 14, 2019

BUSINESS

BOTTLE OF LIES

by Katherine Eban

An urgent, alarming work of health reporting that will make you question every drug in your medicine cabinet. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHY YOU LIKE IT

    APRIL 30, 2019

NONFICTION

WHY YOU LIKE IT

by Nolan Gasser

Like Nathan Myhrvold’s like-minded explorations of cooking, Gasser’s enterprise has a pleasingly mad-scientist feel to it,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE

    APRIL 2, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE

by Lori Gottlieb

Saturated with self-awareness and compassion, this is an irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE

    JAN. 15, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE

by Joshua D. Mezrich

Medical memoirs have become a significant genre over the past two decades, and this one ranks near the top, in a class that... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE HUMAN SWARM

    APRIL 16, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE HUMAN SWARM

by Mark W. Moffett

A delightfully accessible and ingenious series of lessons on humans and our societies. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    AN ELEGANT DEFENSE

    MARCH 12, 2019

NONFICTION

AN ELEGANT DEFENSE

by Matt Richtel

Richtel illuminates a complex subject so well that even physicians will learn. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE EDGE OF EVERY DAY

    MAY 21, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE EDGE OF EVERY DAY

by Marin Sardy

Both powerful and disturbing, this impressive debut memoir suggests just how challenging it can be to regain some semblance... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NO VISIBLE BRUISES

    MAY 7, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

NO VISIBLE BRUISES

by Rachel Louise Snyder

Bracing and gut-wrenching, with slivers of hope throughout, this is exemplary, moving reportage on an important subject that... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FENTANYL, INC.

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

FENTANYL, INC.

by Ben Westhoff

Highly sobering, exemplary reportage delivered through richly detailed scenarios and diversified perspectives. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THIS VIEW OF LIFE

    FEB. 26, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THIS VIEW OF LIFE

by David Sloan Wilson

One of the major advances in modern biology receives a splendid overview. Full review >

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