Health & Medicine Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A brief, genuine, heartfelt memoir of an awe-inspiring life."
A South African nurse's memoir of how she escaped grinding poverty to become a beloved advocate for and caretaker of homeless children. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An intelligent, provocative, and inspiring call to arms for those who simply want relief and a return to normalcy."
An eye-opening look at the current status of those suffering from chronic pain. Read full book review >

ESCAPE POINTS by Michele Weldon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Weldon pins life to the mat in this valiant, passionate, purposeful memoir."
A single mother of three juggles multiple roles as a wrestling mom and a survivor of cancer and an abusive marriage. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"As the author notes early on, health care is one of the few areas where people willingly cede control over to others, but with this useful book, patients can have more say over what direction treatment takes rather than just going along for the ride."
A primer on making the right moves as an active participant in your health care. Read full book review >
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"In this unsparingly honest chronicle, Tweedy cohesively illuminates the experiences of black doctors and black patients and reiterates the need for improved understanding of racial differences within global medical communities."
An arresting memoir that personalizes the enduring racial divide in contemporary American medicine. Read full book review >

THE DIET MYTH by Tim Spector
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A concise, entertaining book that demystifies the benefits of balanced microbes through healthier eating."
Spector (Genetic Epidemiology/King's Coll. London; Identically Different: Why We Can Change Our Genes, 2013) asserts that essential digestive microbes are major determinants of body composition. Read full book review >
BRAIN STORMS by Jon Palfreman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"In this illuminating book, Palfreman reminds patients that exercise and a positive attitude help, and he urges them to participate in clinical trials and take to task drug companies reluctant to initiate huge trials for what they dismiss as a non-life-threatening disease. Just ask Michael J. Fox."
Prospects for better treatments for Parkinson's disease are the hope that lies at the end of this well-researched history and overview of the current state of research. Read full book review >
THE SHIFT by Theresa Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama."
A registered nurse recounts a typical shift. Read full book review >
LAST NIGHT IN THE OR by Bud Shaw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A bracing, unusual personal narrative that should appeal to aspiring physicians as well as to those considering the 'big questions' around high-risk surgery."
A memoir of a high-achieving surgeon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A heartwarming account of risk-taking, iconoclastic doctors who achieved extraordinary cardiovascular breakthroughs and of the patients who trusted them."
A scientific memoir/biography of the significant achievements of heart doctors through the years. Read full book review >
SODA POLITICS by Marion Nestle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A hard-hitting, exceedingly well-documented call for action."
Nestle (Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health/New York Univ.; Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, 2012, etc.) calls for a campaign to regulate and tax the multibillion-dollar soda industry modeled on the successful anti-smoking campaign.Read full book review >
THE REPROACH OF HUNGER by David Rieff
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A basically pessimistic assessment certain to be disputed by those working to solve the problem."
A densely written critical analysis of the current approach to ending world hunger, calling into question the optimism of such technocrat philanthropists as Bill Gates. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >