Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 21, 2011

"An inspiring, upbeat guide to beating fat for good."
A lifestyle plan to quickly lose excess body fat and keep it off. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2011

"Revelatory and inspiring."
One of America's most decorated chefs relates the triumphal story of his culinary genesis and epic battle with tongue cancer. Read full book review >

A MIND FOR LIFE by Mark Abraham
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"A genuinely written and impressive self-help debut.
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Abraham's debut offers insight and practical tools to help individuals reprogram ingrained behaviors that lead them away from the happiness and well-being they desire. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2011

"A wonderfully speculative patchwork quilt on the meaning of life and death."
Twenty writers discuss what the inevitability of death means to them. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A much-needed book with solid evidence—deserves all the publicity it can get."
Offit (Vaccinology and Pediatrics/Univ. of Pennsylvania; Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, 2008, etc.) takes aim at the anti-vaccine movement in America and scores a bull's-eye. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"An unvarnished cautionary tale, demonstrating that anyone who assumes caregiving responsibilities blindly or out of guilt is hopping on a greased chute to self-destruction."
In her debut, journalist Gillies strikingly chronicles her slow disintegration as she struggled to nurse a mother-in-law stricken with Alzheimer's disease. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Immensely readable and informative."
Pulitzer Prize winner Weiner (Science Writing/Columbia Univ.; His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine, 2004, etc.) offers a gripping account of the science of aging. Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM A DISTANT SHORE by Marie Lawson Fiala
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2010

"A luminous story of love, heartbreak and hard-won wisdom."
In this harrowing memoir, a mother endures the unendurable when her son is stricken with a devastating illness. Read full book review >
EAARTH by Bill McKibben
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 13, 2010

"An absolute must-read."
Stark, no-nonsense manifesto about global warming and its unstoppable effects. Read full book review >
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics."
A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later. Read full book review >
Waking Up Blind by Tom Harbin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A compelling story of medical tragedy."
Harbin (The Business Side of Medicine, 2012, etc.) investigates medical misadventure and malpractice at the top of the ophthalmology profession. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 16, 2009

"Exemplary—and highly frightening—investigative reporting."
A grim, harrowing account of what is happening—and not happening—in Southeast Asia as countries confront bird flu. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >