Health & Medicine Book Reviews

IN SHOCK by Rana  Awdish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A sobering, well-rendered reality check on the desperate need for advanced training on compassion-centric modes of patient care."
A physician learns firsthand about the adverse aspects of the patient experience through her own catastrophic illness. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A scattered presentation of the expansive topic of microbes and early life on Earth with limited discussion of how humans might effectively leverage that knowledge to solve health and environmental crises."
A survey of our emerging knowledge of microorganisms, the environments they thrive in, and their implications for human health and sustainability. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Readers may not remember every word of this useful book, but its eloquent ideas should satisfy an audience seeking tranquility."
A book provides messages to help readers maintain calmness amid the many external and internal factors that stand in the way. Read full book review >
CANCER by Stephen A.  Rosenberg
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"A friendly, practical, easy-to-read road map that may indeed take some of the sting out of an alarming cancer diagnosis."
A radiation oncologist and health researcher provides counsel on navigating one of the most feared maladies in modern medicine. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >

COUNTING BACKWARDS by Henry Jay  Przybylo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tour of a mystifying, unnerving, yet precious medical necessity."
A veteran anesthesiologist probes the origins and mysteries of medically induced unconsciousness. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A potent, convincing manifesto on how female sexual equality marches onward despite cultural roadblocks."
A feminist perspective on sexual power and its uses and abuses in America. Read full book review >
IMMUNE by Catherine  Carver
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Not easy going for general readers given the depth, breadth, and detail Carver brings to a complex subject, but credit her for the wits—and wittiness—she uses to enlighten us."
A British immunologist explores "the incredible arsenal that lives within us and how it kills off a plethora of diseases, from the common cold to the plague." Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lively, perceptive refresher course on the politics of pot."
A comprehensive history of marijuana legalization in America. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2017

"An accessible read with a title designed to catch the attention of worried mothers and a message that will be vigorously challenged by a host of agribusiness and pharmaceutical industry spokespeople and segments of the medical profession."
Medical professionals join the debate over the safety of our food supply with the claim that toxic foods are causing hard-to-diagnose chronic health problems in children. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry."
Intensive reporting on the downsides of the high-risk medical device industry. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Just the thing for aspiring heart surgeons, who may one day soon be 3-D printing new hearts that will be 'dispatched in drones to wherever they are needed.'"
Morris looks at some of the great moments in cardiology and our understanding of how the heart muscle works. 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 >