Health & Medicine Book Reviews

IN THE PROVINCE OF THE GODS  by Kenny Fries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This slim, readable memoir, while occasionally overly inward-facing, answers that question as one project morphs into another."
The memoir of a writer who traveled to Japan and found a new perspective on himself. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Short on optimism but a compelling, expert account of a half-forgotten historical catastrophe."
The history of "the greatest massacre of the twentieth century," an illness that infected more than 500 million people. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. Read full book review >
FEVERLAND by Alex Lemon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although sometimes maddening to read, Lemon's collision of ideas and images adds up to a celebration of a life unbowed by suffering."
Fevered prose and wild digressions mark a poet's candid memoir of pain and illness. Read full book review >
MY FAIR JUNKIE by Amy  Dresner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A hard-knocks addiction memoir buoyed with humor and insight."
An addict reflects on her long, bumpy road to eventual recovery. Read full book review >

BELIEVE ME by Yolanda  Hadid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A well-meaning and often compelling story of one woman's relentless pursuit of an effective treatment for the devastating chronic effects of Lyme disease that should expand public awareness for this deeply misunderstood condition."
A Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star recounts her arduous battle with Lyme disease. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Solid, eye-opening public health journalism."
An investigative journalist specializing in public health and food policy delves into the implications of chicken becoming the most consumed source of protein in the American diet. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF US by Joyce Maynard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A moving tribute to the evergreen lessons of the heart."
An acclaimed novelist recounts how a brief late-life marriage taught her the meaning of partnership. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not just a medical history, but a call to action. TB is not some quaint 19th-century romantic tragedy but rather a very real and present danger that requires investments in diagnostics and new drugs and greater attention to social and racial inequities."
An exegesis on tuberculosis, a scourge that continues to threaten humanity: in 2015, there were 10.4 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths. Read full book review >
BEFORE I HAD THE WORDS by Skylar  Kergil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An unremarkable but honest account of the young life of a transgender person."
A transgender person tells the story of his transition. Read full book review >
MAYHEM by Sigrid Rausing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stylish and devastatingly lucid memoir."
The piercing, fragmented story of how the author watched the horrific toll drug addiction took on her brother and his wife. 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 >