Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

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 >
LIT by Mary Karr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Will ring as true in American-lit classrooms as in church support groups—an absolute gem that secures Karr's place as one of the best memoirists of her generation."
Acclaimed poet and bestselling memoirist Karr (English Literature/Syracuse Univ.; Sinners Welcome: Poems, 2006, etc.) deftly covers a vast stretch of her life—age 17 to her present 50. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A reasoned, well-balanced, highly readable account, especially welcome as the national debate over health care gets underway."
A timely survey—filled with important lessons for the United States—of how other nations have created systems that provide universal health care for their citizens. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Deserves a place on the shelf next to such classics of uninhibited American introspection as On the Road and A Fan's Notes."
An endlessly fascinating memoir by a profoundly courageous writer. Read full book review >
PILL HEAD by Joshua Lyon
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 2009

"As real as it gets."
The painful evolution of a gay New York City drug addict, from first encounter to detox. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 29, 2009

"A rapturous operating manual for the soul."
Native American spirituality is the cure for what ails humanity, according to this rhapsodic New Age manifesto. Read full book review >
CLOSING TIME by Joe Queenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2009

"Close to home and heart, this portrait of the artist shows Queenan at the top of his form—his best yet."
The waggish blue-collar Philly scribe (Queenan Country: A Reluctant Anglophile's Pilgrimage to the Mother Country, 2004, etc.) ornaments his tough-childhood memoir with the sort of fancy writing natural to authors of Hibernian extraction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >