Health & Medicine Book Reviews

TOO HOT TO HANDLE by Jonathan Zimmerman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2015

"An informative, occasionally dry account of the attempts to educate the world about human sexual relations."
A chronological narrative of sex education around the world. Read full book review >
IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"McClelland's candor and empathy are admirable, but this would have benefited from more editorial shaping."
Sprawling memoir of an adventurous journalist's experiences with PTSD. Read full book review >

VITAMANIA by Catherine Price
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Though Price doesn't provide much new information, the reading is easy and the message is clear and significant."
A catchy title that captures our obsession with vitamins and our belief that getting plenty of them will ensure our good health. Read full book review >
P53 by Sue Armstrong
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A well-written examination of the complex world of scientific research, focusing on a specific gene in the human body."
The scientific history of the gene that regulates cancer in humans. Read full book review >
AIDS BETWEEN SCIENCE AND POLITICS by Peter Piot
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Somewhat arid, as medical policy works tend to be, but of considerable use to readers with an interest in public health issues."
Adaption of a lecture series at the Collège de France by Piot (No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses, 2012, etc.), the founding executive director of the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"For Mimi Baird, the book serves as closure; for general readers, it's a sobering account of how little we knew and how much we still have to learn about mental illness—especially how not to treat it."
The author was 6 in 1944 when her father, Perry Baird, was remanded to Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts, diagnosed with manic-depressive psychosis and disappearing from her life. Here, she reconstructs the past in a moving, melancholy memoir. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A revealing work that validates the statement that watching policy being made is like watching sausage being made—not a sight for the squeamish."
A well-researched history of Reye's syndrome that explores how science, medicine and politics interact. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF DIGNITY by Ai-jen Poo
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This can-do book by an activist seeking to rouse the public into action has a lot to say to anyone who plans on getting old."
A fierce advocate for the rights of domestic workers examines two phenomena—a booming aging population in need of long-term care and the rising tide of undocumented immigrants—and finds not two problems but one great opportunity. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO TOUCHED HIS OWN HEART by Rob Dunn
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Credit Dunn with a valuable text that offers something for everyone—patients, practitioners, medical students, historians and policymakers."
The heart was a black box up until a century ago, writes Dunn (Ecology and Evolution/North Carolina State Univ.; The Wild Life on Our Bodies, 2011, etc.). His well-researched text chronicles how the box was opened.Read full book review >
IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A candid and inspiring memoir."
A young blogger shares the story of how she overcame a lifetime of bad eating habits, lost the weight that threatened her health and began her journey to self-understanding. Read full book review >
MIND CHANGE by Susan Greenfield
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Challenging, stimulating perspective from an informed neuroscientist on a complex, fast-moving, hugely consequential field."
A comprehensive overview of the scientific research—albeit in its infancy—into the effects of cybertechnology on our brains. Read full book review >
CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies."
Award-winning journalist Hari's multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >