Health & Medicine Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2018

"A fresh and absorbing examination of autism."
A professor gains perspective into the minds of autistics by discussing literature. Read full book review >
STRUCK by Douglas Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Hope and love trump tragedy in this heartfelt, vigorous memoir."
A tragic accident drastically alters the lives and responsibilities of a producer and film and TV writer and his family. Read full book review >

SOUND by Bella Bathurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An illuminating memoir of hearing lost and found."
A memoir of hearing loss and what the author learned about the subject in general through her unexpected recovery from it. Read full book review >
UNITED IN AUTISM by Julie  Hornok
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A well-written and reassuring set of true stories about autism."
This debut collection of personal essays examines the experience of parenting an autistic child. Read full book review >
YOU'VE BEEN SO LUCKY ALREADY by Alethea Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Flawed but no less poignant for its imperfections."
Black (I Knew You'd Be Lovely, 2011) details how she coped with the death of her father, then with a series of illnesses and other devastating personal losses. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An expert life of an undeservedly obscure American."
A fascinating—and disturbing—history of the late-19th-century crusade for food safety, led by a pioneering scientist who fought hard against "chemically enhanced and deceptive food manufacturing practices," some of which we still see today. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"If Smith's ideas of 'resilient grieving' help even one reader cope with the trauma and fearful thoughts of anxiety, she will have done a great service."
Fear and loathing and sickness unto death—it's enough to put a person into a fretful tailspin, the subject of this useful work of self-help. Read full book review >
TIPS TO FIGHT DRY EYE THAT WORK! by Bill Vallely
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 24, 2018

"A funny and surprisingly thorough tour of the problems of sore, dry eyes—and possible ways to fix them."
A debut graphic novel details the origins, nature, and potential treatments for dry eyes. Read full book review >
QUITE MAD by Sarah Fawn Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"While some readers may view this account as too raw and self-obsessive, it stands as a vivid depiction of mental illness."
A wrenching account of a difficult upbringing and a chaotic brain that will leave readers marveling at the author's endurance. Read full book review >
BE WITH by Mike Barnes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A book that tells the reader that you are not alone, whoever you are."
A meditation on how each Alzheimer's patient is a unique individual, though the stages through which they pass and the toll that these take on everyone involved is nearly universal. Read full book review >
HEART by Sandeep Jauhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Another in the everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about genre, but a superior example."
A cardiologist writes on his favorite organ. Read full book review >
BETTY FORD by Lisa McCubbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A warmly sympathetic biography of a spirited woman."
A first lady who overcame breast cancer and addictions became an inspiration for many Americans. 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 >