Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"Snappy and sharp, picaresque but scholarly: it's almost a crime that so heinous a disease should be treated to so grand a biography. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
A seasoned, filigreed history of malaria and its treatment. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 18, 2003

"A carefully documented examination of how society deals with life-and-death matters."
Immortality? Perhaps not, but life extension is already a reality. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 9, 2003

"A riveting epic that memorably honors the heroes, both human and canine, who pushed themselves to the limit to save others."
Two cousins debut with an eloquent account of the famous 1925 dash by dog-sled teams to bring diphtheria serum to Nome, Alaska. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 2003

"A rare memoir of hard times that is both forgiving and perceptive."
Newcomer Summer, a young woman who grew up in shelters and then attended Harvard, movingly evokes the plight of the homeless. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Unflinchingly honest and always perfectly pitched, neither sentimental nor gratuitously morbid."
Health writer and consultant Collier describes with loving frankness her mother's last year. Read full book review >

DEATH AS A WAY OF LIFE by David Grossman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Chillingly, sometimes agonizingly, eloquent on hope's fading light."
Can Israel and Palestine ever make peace? Israeli novelist Grossman (Be My Knife, 2002, etc.) addresses this question from the perspective of a Jerusalem journalist who is also a husband, father, and peace activist bitterly frustrated by the leaders of both sides. Read full book review >
A MILLION LITTLE PIECES by James Frey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2003

"Startling, at times pretentious in its self-regard, but ultimately breathtaking: The Lost Weekend for the under-25 set."
Frey's lacerating, intimate debut chronicles his recovery from multiple addictions with adrenal rage and sprawling prose. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 8, 2003

"The adventure and peril of everyday living captured in language that's light, beautiful, and razor-sharp."
Lyrical, gripping tale of the year Cohen's life went to hell. Read full book review >
STIFF by Mary Roach
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely. (11 illustrations)"
Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 24, 2003

"Holman takes you into life with madness, and the extrication feels only partial. In a word, intense."
Debut memoir incisively etches the daily dread of living with a schizophrenic parent. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF MY FATHER by Sue Miller
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 19, 2003

"A loving and eloquent tribute from a talented daughter."
In a perfectly pitched memoir, novelist Miller (The World Below, 2001, etc.) movingly depicts the bittersweet emotions provoked by the toll Alzheimer's exacted on her father. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF PAIN by Alphonse Daudet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2003

"Harrowing and altogether memorable."
For devoted readers of Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain and Baudelaire's fevered journals, a 19th-century account of slow death by syphilis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >