Health & Medicine Book Reviews

DREAMLAND by Sam Quinones
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 21, 2015

"A compellingly investigated, relentlessly gloomy report on the drug distribution industry."
Discouraging, unflinching dispatches from America's enduring opiate-abuse epidemic. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"A graceful, perceptive rendering of a misunderstood condition."
A child born with albinism inspires a concerned mother to uncover its genetic origins. Read full book review >

HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS by Mona Eltahawy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although Eltahawy's passionate book contributes to the struggle against women's oppression, in the face of endemic misogyny, the potential for revolution seems chillingly remote."
The plight of women in the Middle East. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 21, 2015

"An informative guide to the gut in search of its best audience."
Stanford University scientists deliver an exhaustive, and sometimes exhausting, survey of the human microbiome. Read full book review >
THE NURSES by Alexandra Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers."
An intimate look at the lives of nurses. Read full book review >

EPIC MEASURES by Jeremy N. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A fascinating account of a charismatic visionary who successfully battles the convoluted politics of international health bureaucracies."
Smith (Growing a Garden City, 2010) a freelance journalist who covers health and environmental issues for Discover, the Chicago Tribune and other leading publications, chronicles an ambitious project to collect comparative data on global health issues.Read full book review >
WEED THE PEOPLE by Bruce Barcott
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 2015

"Will the rest of the country follow suit? To judge by Barcott's useful book, you'd do well not to bet against it."
Journalist Barcott (The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird, 2008, etc.) goes on a long, strange trip to document the changing fortunes of Big Dope.Read full book review >
GET ME THROUGH TOMORROW by Mojie Crigler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"A heartfelt memoir of devotion and determination."
The story of a family's triumph after a medical catastrophe. Read full book review >
A DISEASE CALLED CHILDHOOD by Marilyn Wedge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2015

"In an important read for open-minded parents, Wedge offers fresh perspectives and practical approaches to the continuing ADHD conundrum."
An astute examination of the ADHD epidemic, what's causing it, and how a radical, nonmedicinal treatment approach may help. Read full book review >
AN UNCOMPLICATED LIFE by Paul Daugherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"An expressive, nostalgic series of memories of living life with a special needs child."
A memoir of life with a Down syndrome child. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 13, 2015

"A valuable contribution to the national dialogue on health care and education, told through the voices of the mothers whose children's futures should be of concern to all of us."
Blum (Sociology/Northeastern Univ.; At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States, 1999 etc.) addresses how demands on women have escalated and increasing numbers of maladjusted children are diagnosed with mental disabilities. Read full book review >
SHRINKS by Jeffrey A. Lieberman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Vastly edifying and vigorously written—a much-needed update on how far the psychiatric industry has come, both medically and from a public perception standpoint."
An intelligent, encouraging survey of the psychiatric industry. Read full book review >

Upcoming Kirkus Interview

April 28, 2015
Mona Eltahawy

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book.