Health & Medicine Book Reviews

EXTREME MEASURES by Jessica Nutik Zitter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Clarity and compassion unite in this touching and convincing new conversation on comfortable, patient-centered end-of-life care."
End-stage patient suffering and distress inspire an early-career watershed moment for a sympathetic physician. Read full book review >
TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON'T REMEMBER by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fascinating exploration of personal identity from a writer whose body is, thankfully, 'no longer at war.'"
The stroke that hit Lee at age 33 left no visible signs of trauma, but it still changed her life forever. Read full book review >

MAY CAUSE LOVE by Kassi Underwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A poignant memoir about the years of healing that are often required after having an abortion."
How one woman overcame the traumatic experience of abortion. Read full book review >
INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A unique and exuberant celebration of life and love."
A photographer and distinguished nonfiction writer's account about starting over at midlife in New York City and falling in love with famed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >
CAN'T JUST STOP by Sharon Begley
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Due to Begley's dense explanations of brain science, the book requires close attention at times, but her captivating, accessible anecdotes of individual cases lead to unforgettable scenarios."
Science journalist Begley (Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, 2007, etc.) delves into specific types of compulsive behaviors while also positing a grand theory of what links seemingly disparate obsessions. Read full book review >

WHAT PATIENTS SAY, WHAT DOCTORS HEAR by Danielle Ofri
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A much-needed, convincing argument that, regarding doctor-patient communication, the stakes are very high and that what patients say is all too often not what doctors hear—and vice versa."
Why communication between doctor and patient is the most critical element of medical care. Read full book review >
THE VACCINE RACE by Meredith Wadman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important story well told, featuring the drama and characters needed to make this a candidate for film adaptation."
A dramatic medical history that reveals the progress and the stumbles, the personalities and the rivalries, in the race to find a vaccine for rubella, or German measles. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY BRAIN by Stephan Guyenet
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A helpful guide offering encouragement to those looking for ways to lead healthier lives."
Obesity researcher and health writer Guyenet seeks an answer to why, "between 1980 and the present, the U.S. obesity rate more than doubled" despite our national obsession with dieting. Read full book review >
MODERN DEATH by Haider Warraich
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important contribution to a serious discussion of profound life-and-death issues."
An examination of "our ongoing battle with aging, disease, and death." Read full book review >
SYSTEMATIC by James R. Valcourt
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will notice that, except for a few dramatic anecdotes, none of Valcourt's marvels is currently happening, but he makes a convincing case that they are viable and just around the corner."
Exploration of "how understanding neural systems is helping us unravel some of the biggest mysteries in science." Read full book review >
GET WELL SOON by Jennifer Wright
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There's no question that Wright has covered a lot of medical territory with good information; if only she had curbed her enthusiasm to pontificate."
A lightweight history of plagues from an author who is "invested in this study…because I think knowing how diseases have been combatted in the past will be helpful in the future." Read full book review >
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY by Daphne Merkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"It's hard to find much solace within the relentless gloom—however insightfully explored—of one writer's depression."
A writer reflects on her unceasing struggle with clinical depression. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >