Health & Medicine Book Reviews

THE SLEEP SOLUTION by W. Chris Winter
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The rare book that may help sufferers of poor sleep improve their quality of rest simply by elucidating the context of good sleep and offering the right techniques to achieve it."
A no-nonsense, science-based guide to achieving restful sleep from the doctor Ariana Huffington calls the "sleep whisperer." Read full book review >
THE SEX EFFECT by Ross Benes
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 2017

"A book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion."
A witty discussion of the indirect role sex plays across political, economic, religious, and cultural landscapes. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An important cautionary memoir about the dangers of everyday chemicals and environmental toxicity and its lethal consequences."
The story of a Florida attorney who nearly died from a mystery illness borne in a high-rise office building. Read full book review >
LIFE'S WORK by Willie Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Valuable as both moral testimonial and as a medical memoir and sure to inspire heat as well as light."
"I believe that as an abortion provider I am doing God's work"—a small but insistent red flag waved in the face of an angry political opposition. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN SICKNESS by Elisabeth Rosenthal
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"A scathing denouncement, stronger in portraying the system's problems than in offering pragmatic solutions."
A blast across the bow of the entire health care industry, which "attends more or less single-mindedly to its own profits." Read full book review >

BEING THERE by Erica Komisar
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solid research and easy-to-follow advice about how to recognize 'the essential role of mothers in the lives of their children and mak[e] it easier for women to be there when it matters most.'"
Why it is so critical to be present in your child's early life. Read full book review >
THE HEALTH OF NATIONS by Karen Bartlett
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 11, 2017

"Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments."
Will the world ever be rid of infectious disease? Read full book review >
MIRROR TOUCH by Joel Salinas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness."
A Boston neurologist reflects on his remarkable ability to experience the same physical sensations as those found in his patients. Read full book review >
THE TINCTURE OF TIME by Elizabeth L. Silver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"The attempt to balance personal trauma with wider cultural reference is a tricky challenge, but this will resonate with anyone who has experienced diagnostic difficulties."
A mother's uncertainty about her baby daughter's medical care pervades this unsettling memoir. Read full book review >
THE OUTRUN by Amy Liptrot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"An ordinary addiction memoir set in an extraordinary place—worth reading for the descriptions of life on a 'beautiful, barely touched stretch of land.'"
After a decade in London, a troubled woman returns home to a rural island in northern Scotland, hoping to heal. Read full book review >
LAST THINGS by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"When Moss writes, 'this isn't how it's supposed to be,' other readers who aren't feeling what they're supposed to be feeling could well find comfort in a kindred spirit."
A graphic memoir by an author best known for her children's books details the devastating effects of her husband's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on her entire family. Read full book review >
A STITCH OF TIME by Lauren Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A cerebral travelogue from a writer revealing how she got from there to here."
A young woman is forced to unpack her own mind after suffering a life-threatening brain aneurysm. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >