Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bond between mother and child knows no bounds in this intense memoir darkened by addiction and bipolar disorder yet buoyed by love and possibility."
A mother recounts her trials caring for a son derailed by mental illness and substance abuse. Read full book review >
PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE by Sherrie Palm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2017

"A frank, valuable introduction to a little-known medical condition."
In this third edition of her debut work, Palm illuminates a "common, cryptic health concern" with an account of her own experience and scientifically sound advice. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An urgent, balanced, eye-opening plea for mental health care reform."
An alarming report on the dire state of our nation's mental health care industry. Read full book review >
SONATA by Andrea Avery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A wrenching account of a writer determined to maintain the music of her life in whatever forms are possible."
A high school English teacher, musician, and essayist emotionally and analytically chronicles her journey through the tangled wood of rheumatoid arthritis. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An encyclopedic reference for researchers and practitioners but also accessible for general readers due to Rosen's lively depiction of the people, places, and politics that color the history of the fight against infectious disease."
A richly documented history of the rise—and threatened future—of antibiotics. Read full book review >

MY LOVELY WIFE IN THE PSYCH WARD by Mark  Lukach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An honest and rewarding memoir of a couple's compassion and love for each other."
How one couple battled together against the wife's mental health issue. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A succinct and approachable handbook for all the stuff that comes after the veterinary degree."
A debut guide seeks to flesh out the often lacking business education of veterinary school graduates. 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 >
ADVENTURES IN DIETLAND by Ralph Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2017

"An amusing, meaningful account that demonstrates from the male perspective how to face down obesity, largely through self-awareness and individual efforts rather than a specific diet."
A memoir traces a personal journey through the ups and downs of weight loss. Read full book review >
THE SEX EFFECT by Ross Benes
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (Mark Twain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"The panic is palpable in Kolata's moving depiction of a mysterious disease and its frightening consequences."
A family's legacy is haunted by a torturous genetic disease. 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 >