Health & Medicine Book Reviews

NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury."
An exploration of the current medical research on brain health and the consciousness of patients who suffer catastrophic head trauma. Read full book review >

OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. Read full book review >
HEALING CHILDREN by Kurt  Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A genuine and inspiring chronicle of a doctor fighting the good fight."
A veteran surgeon looks at how medicine has evolved through his pediatric-centered practice. Read full book review >
MEMORY'S LAST BREATH by Gerda Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A courageous, richly textured, and unsparing memoir."
A former gender studies professor's memoir about living and remembering her life in the face of dementia. Read full book review >

HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS by Vanessa Grubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"The book will appeal specifically to those personally affected by kidney disease but should also fascinate anyone interested in the state of health care in the United States."
A nephrologist's memoir of navigating the kidney disease of a loved one. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Roxane Gay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."
A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A helpful and well-researched plan for improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and avoiding disease triggers."
In this guide to holistically handling psoriasis and arthritis, the author provides keys to healing and wellness through nutrition. Read full book review >
THE BRIGHT HOUR by Nina  Riggs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A luminous, heartbreaking symphony of wit, wisdom, pain, parenting, and perseverance against insurmountable odds."
A loving mother of two meditates on the nature of life and death. Read full book review >
SNOOZE by Michael  McGirr
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus."
An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep, where we spend so much of our time without quite knowing why. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bond between mother and child knows no bounds in this intense memoir darkened by addiction and bipolar disorder yet buoyed by love and possibility."
A mother recounts her trials caring for a son derailed by mental illness and substance abuse. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An urgent, balanced, eye-opening plea for mental health care reform."
An alarming report on the dire state of our nation's mental health care industry. 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 >