Health & Medicine Book Reviews

Released: June 20, 2018

"Horn engagingly explores a history that, perhaps surprisingly, extended into the 1960s, when the renamed island became a site for mixed-income housing."
Somber study of a dark, little-known episode in the history of New York, when Riker's Island wasn't the only warehouse for the condemned. Read full book review >
CONCEIVABILITY by Elizabeth L. Katkin
Released: June 19, 2018

"A well-researched, informative, and positive account of a very long journey to motherhood."
A chronicle of the great lengths one woman went through to conceive and birth two children. Read full book review >

LITTLE PANIC by Amanda Stern
Released: June 19, 2018

"Stern is such a skilled stylist—and such an unforgiving judge of herself—that the memoir radiates a morbid fascination."
Stern (The Long Haul, 2003) offers a searing memoir about her lifelong panic disorder. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2018

"An important contribution to the literature of environmental activism—and environmental racism."
"There are lots of villains in this story": An Iraqi immigrant and pediatrician recounts the epidemiological sleuthing that uncovered the lead crisis in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. Read full book review >
ONE LIFE AT A TIME by Daniel Baxter
Released: June 12, 2018

"An honest, moving memoir giving voice to those without one."
A distinguished doctor tells the story of his years working with HIV/AIDS patients in Botswana. Read full book review >

Released: June 5, 2018

"A sensitive, affective, and moving chronicle of how a woman with Alzheimer's has refused to let the disease completely rule her life."
How a woman's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's changed her life. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines."
A chilling update on the most drug-ravaged sectors of North America. Read full book review >
SHAPESHIFTERS by Gavin Francis
Released: June 5, 2018

"Captivating medical narratives that fit well alongside those of Oliver Sachs, Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, and Berton Roueché."
A physician/writer celebrates the dynamism and transformation of the human body and life. Read full book review >
SICK by Porochista Khakpour
Released: June 5, 2018

"A courageously intimate memoir about living within a body that has 'never felt at ease.'"
A distinguished Iranian-born writer and creative writing professor's memoir of her struggle with trauma, drug addiction, mental illness, and late-stage Lyme disease. Read full book review >
RAW by Bella Mahaya  Carter
Released: May 22, 2018

"Not sufficiently expansive or introspective to engage a wide audience."
A detailed memoir that addresses diet, therapy, and spirituality. Read full book review >
HERE WE GROW by Paige  Davis
Released: May 22, 2018

"An optimistic account that effectively advocates treating disease as something to work through— not fight."
An entrepreneur and speaker chronicles her breast cancer journey in this debut memoir and self-help book. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing."
Noted culinary writer Pollan (Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, 2013, etc.) makes the transition from feeding your body to feeding your head. 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 >