Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2013

"A clever, affable story of one Mormon, his family, his vocation and his implacable ailment."
A jaunty memoir covering both the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the torments of Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF WOE by Gary Greenberg
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2013

"Bright, humorous and seriously thoroughgoing, Greenberg takes all the DSMs for a spin as revealing as the emperor's new clothes."
A loose-limbed, skeptically informed critique of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, with particular interest in its forthcoming, fifth incarnation. Read full book review >

IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD by Eve Ensler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2013

"Fierce, frank, raw and profoundly moving."
A feminist playwright and activist's riveting account of how uterine cancer helped her "find [her] way back to [her] body, and to the Earth." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2013

"Emotionally complex and genuinely affecting."
A Louisiana-born journalist's memoir of how he came to terms with questions of personal belonging that accompanied his "country mouse" sister's tragically premature death. Read full book review >
THE SHAPE OF THE EYE by George Estreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2013

"A poignantly eloquent meditation on the genetics of belonging."
The moving, heartbreakingly lucid story about how a family learned to cope with, and ultimately appreciate, a daughter born with Down syndrome. Read full book review >

HOW TO SURVIVE WITHIN OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM by Philip A. Scheinberg
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2013

"A blunt, useful guide to approaching health care with more knowledge and less blind trust."
This short booklet of 12 chapters serves a clear purpose: to raise awareness about individual accountability in the fields of health care and medicine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2013

"An angry but fascinating account of negligence, incompetence and injustice justified (as it still is) in the name of national security."
Turning up a surprising amount of hitherto hidden material and talkative survivors, Brown (History/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland, 2005) writes a vivid, often hair-raising history of the great plutonium factories and the privileged cities built around them. Read full book review >
CLEAN by David Sheff
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2013

"Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery."
An enterprising treatise on drug abuse and addiction intervention. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2013

"A concise, easy-to-use guide showcasing a delightfully simple method of exploring, and alleviating, the underlying causes of chronic pain."
In this self-help book, Schatzroots out a single underlying cause for chronic pain and offers a method to treat it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2013

"A gripping environmental thriller."
An award-winning science journalist exposes how corporate interests and corrupt politicians almost turned a quiet, suburban New Jersey beach community into a toxic wasteland. Read full book review >
THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD by Emily Rapp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2013

"A beautiful, searing exploration of the landscape of grief and a profound meditation on the meaning of life."
A passionate, potent chronicle of the author's last months with her son. Read full book review >
STRANGER HERE by Jen Larsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"Raw vulnerability and rigorous emotional honesty make this weight-loss memoir compelling and memorable."
An arresting memoir about the author's experience with weight-loss surgery. 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 >