Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"An excellent look at the marijuana subculture, deluded or not, aspiring to the Middle-American mainstream."
The story behind the FBI raid on a Michigan farm that could have become the next Waco or Ruby Ridge—except that 9/11 intervened. Read full book review >
COCKEYED by Ryan Knighton
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Engaging and insightful, literally shedding light on a dark and misunderstood condition."
Intense personal reflections on how it feels to come of age and to go blind at the same time. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 11, 2006

"Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance."
The dilemma—what to have for dinner when you are a creature with an open-ended appetite—leads Pollan (Journalism/Berkeley; The Botany of Desire, 2001, etc.) to a fascinating examination of the myriad connections along the principal food chains that lead from earth to dinner table. Read full book review >
THE LEAP by Nasser Rida
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 16, 2006

"An exceedingly reasonable proposal for reforming Muslim marriage."
Rida believes that he has found a sensible, lawful way to help solve the problem of divorce in Muslim cultures. Read full book review >
THE ROSARY by Garry Wills
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"A miniature masterpiece of biblical exegesis. (28 pp. of full-color illustrations)"
Wills dispenses with the diatribes against the Catholic hierarchy in Papal Sin (2000) to offer reverent reflections on the practice of the rosary. Read full book review >

A WIDOW’S WALK by Marian Fontana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An impassioned, non-manipulative memorial, timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of 9/11."
Fontana tugs at the heartstrings in this engrossing, inspiring 9/11 memoir. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST WITH TIFFANY by Edwin John Wintle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"Here's hoping Wintle gets to negotiate his own film rights. 'Whatever,' as Tiffany would say, he deserves to make a bundle, split evenly with his bundle."
She's 13, he's 40; she's been given her walking papers from her mother, he's the uncle there to catch her: they are a modernized odd couple, and the sparks they throw are a glowing pyrotechnic display. Read full book review >
MY FRIEND LEONARD by James Frey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2005

"A small fortune could be made by bottling this story and selling it as an antidote to self-pity. Frey will have to settle for the small fortune it will make in big sales."
A story of post-rehab, post-prison that's about as comforting as a sawn-off shotgun with a dark angel in attendance. Read full book review >
OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL by Sean Wilsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2005

"Honest to a fault, richly veined with indelible images: a monumental piece of work."
A founding McSweeney's editor tells about his privileged and impressively troubled young years, with surprisingly few missteps on a well-worn path. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 9, 2005

"Vivid writing and impressive documentation in a powerful indictment of a system in need of immediate repair."
An investigative journalist digs into the chilling story of how degraded, expired, contaminated and diluted medicines are being sold to American pharmacies and hospitals. Read full book review >
THEM by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2005

"Famous names and juicy stories, served up with literary elegance."
Distinguished journalist, novelist and biographer du Plessix Gray (Simone Weil, 2001, etc.) turns her descriptive and analytic powers to the legendary lives of her glamorous, Russian-born mother and stepfather. Read full book review >
THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2005

"A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story."
An account of growing up nomadic, starry-eyed, and dirt poor in the '60s and '70s, by gossip journalist Walls (Dish, 2000). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >