Health & Medicine Book Reviews

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. 2, 2018

"If the thought of a future of a brewed burger isn't appalling then this will be just your cup of meat."
An intriguing argument from an animal rights perspective for developing an economy of cultured, lab-born meat. Read full book review >
GETTING OFF by Erica Garza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A provocative sojourn through the wilderness of sexual addiction."
A sex addict's bracing chronicle of erotic dependency. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A brief but sensible entry in the abortion wars."
A law professor brings her learned perspective and anecdotal evidence to one of the world's most controversial topics. Read full book review >
BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A searingly eloquent memoir."
A nonfiction writer offers an account of the devastating physical and emotional consequences a much-desired pregnancy had on her life. 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 >
WITH THE END IN MIND by Kathryn Mannix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An inspiring book on an always-difficult subject. Though for American readers the care facilities and specific treatments provided in the U.K. may differ, the personal stories will have universal resonance."
A physician reflects on her 30-year practice caring for the dying. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An astute, highly informative food exposé that educates without bias, leaving the culinary decision-making to readers."
A gastronomic study of the gradual integration of organic food choices into public consumption. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In a sure-to-be-controversial book, Hari delivers a weighty, well-supported, persuasive argument against treating depression pharmaceutically."
Mining the root causes of depression and anxiety. Read full book review >
A KIND OF MIRRACULAS PARADISE by Sandra Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A glimpse of how schizophrenia looks and feels from the inside."
A schizophrenic's autobiographical manuscript serves as a creative-nonfiction project for his niece. 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 >