Health & Medicine Book Reviews

CHANCER by Donnie Kanter Winokur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An honest, informative, and uplifting memoir."
A journalist and children's book author tells the story of the golden retriever that changed her disabled son's life. Read full book review >
STRANGE BEAUTY by Eliza Factor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A frank, compassionate, and highly detailed account of the roller-coaster ride of caring for a disabled, autistic child."
Factor (Love Maps, 2015, etc.) chronicles life with her nonverbal son Felix, who is autistic and physically disabled. Read full book review >

TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale."
How Apple's Siri made a life-altering difference for an autistic boy. 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 >
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 >

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 >
CROSSINGS by Jon  Kerstetter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An inspiring memoir that will be highly useful to readers struggling with PTSD and other wartime injuries."
A soldier and physician writes of overcoming wounds visible and invisible upon returning from battle. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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

"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 >
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 >