Health & Medicine Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Whether or not Tovar convinces all readers that ignoring diet and exercise is the path to freedom, she offers psychological comfort to those who have been made to feel unworthy due to their body size and/or shape."
A manifesto for fat rights and freedom from the tyranny of diet, exercise, and body-image conformity. Read full book review >
NODDING OFF by Alice Gregory
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Readers looking for help on sleep problems should consult one of the books Gregory recommends. Those who are merely curious will learn fascinating details of what scientists know about sleep, including its familiar and bizarre disorders, and how they are learning more."
A British sleep expert provides an overview of what we know about sleep, which turns out to be quite a lot and also not enough. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.
Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies. Read full book review >
TICKER by Mimi Swartz
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Swartz is a witty, savvy, seasoned journalist, and she offers a welcome history of significant medical advances."
The legacy of heart-saving innovations viewed through the eyes of pioneering cardiologists. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A readable but minor contribution to the literature of problem drinking, without the depth of now-classics such as Caroline Knapp's Drinking: A Love Story."
A memoir of drinking and its hold on all the other aspects of life. Read full book review >

NOT A POSTER CHILD by Francine  Falk-Allen
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Bold, charming, and inspirational."
A Californian polio survivor shares memories of her challenging but fulfilling life in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"The book's title is no hype; this is a startling account of an improbable huckster who made his living promoting a lifesaving device."
A shocking and bizarre history of premature infant care in America. Read full book review >
LUSH by Kerry Cohen
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intimate and unsparing book of self-reflection."
A therapist and writer reflects on how alcoholism unexpectedly overtook her at midlife. Read full book review >
BAD CALL by Mike Scardino
Released: July 17, 2018

"Some say that everybody has a book in them, and this author has found his in this memorable, often grim work."
Ambulance work is not for the squeamish, and neither is reading about it. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF BEING by Kara Richardson Whitely
Released: July 17, 2018

"Those curious about the pros and cons of weight loss surgery will find some answers here, though Whitely makes it clear that her decision is a personal one and that others might take different paths."
In her early 40s and topping 350 pounds, the motivational speaker Whitely (Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, 2015, etc.) decided that she needed to do something about her weight. Read full book review >
WHAT WE CARRY by Gail  Larkin
Released: July 13, 2018

"An emotional and touching but disjointed account of a paramedic's hard-earned and valuable life lessons."
A paramedic's memorable experiences working the streets of New York City provide the backdrop for a collection of tales. Read full book review >
ALSO HUMAN by Caroline Elton
Released: July 12, 2018

"A useful adjunct to books from within medicine by the likes of Richard Selzer, Atul Gawande, and other metapractitioners."
Of course, doctors are human—and that, it follows from this book, explains why they're so flawed, emotionally chewed-up, and laden with bias and prejudice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >