Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
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. 4, 2017

"A joyful book that will appeal most to self-help enthusiasts, but some tips may resonate with a broader audience."
Lee's (Chance, 2017, etc.) newest entry in his Body & Brain series discusses the benefits of devoting what he calls the "second half" of life (from age 60 to 120) to the betterment of the Earth and mankind. Read full book review >
IMMUNE by Catherine  Carver
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Not easy going for general readers given the depth, breadth, and detail Carver brings to a complex subject, but credit her for the wits—and wittiness—she uses to enlighten us."
A British immunologist explores "the incredible arsenal that lives within us and how it kills off a plethora of diseases, from the common cold to the plague." Read full book review >
STAND UP by Ken  Cruickshank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"An affecting account of chronic illness; a useful reference for those with MS and their family members."
Cruickshank's first book, an account of his battle with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, captures the difficult journey of coming to terms with chronic illness. Read full book review >

COUNTING BACKWARDS by Henry Jay  Przybylo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tour of a mystifying, unnerving, yet precious medical necessity."
A veteran anesthesiologist probes the origins and mysteries of medically induced unconsciousness. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A potent, convincing manifesto on how female sexual equality marches onward despite cultural roadblocks."
A feminist perspective on sexual power and its uses and abuses in America. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >
CANCER by Stephen A.  Rosenberg
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"A friendly, practical, easy-to-read road map that may indeed take some of the sting out of an alarming cancer diagnosis."
A radiation oncologist and health researcher provides counsel on navigating one of the most feared maladies in modern medicine. Read full book review >
LET US EAT HEALTHY! by Connie  Du
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 5, 2017

"A well-intentioned photographic journey into healthy eating."
In this nonfiction kids' book, Du (Bernard Goes to Music School, 2016, etc.) looks at the importance of nutrition from the perspective of her young son, Bernard. Read full book review >
IN SHOCK by Rana  Awdish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A sobering, well-rendered reality check on the desperate need for advanced training on compassion-centric modes of patient care."
A physician learns firsthand about the adverse aspects of the patient experience through her own catastrophic illness. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A scattered presentation of the expansive topic of microbes and early life on Earth with limited discussion of how humans might effectively leverage that knowledge to solve health and environmental crises."
A survey of our emerging knowledge of microorganisms, the environments they thrive in, and their implications for human health and sustainability. 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 >