Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Informative and thoroughly enjoyable science history."
Veteran journalist and author Lax (Woody Allen, 1991, etc.) takes a revealing look back at the time when world-altering science was done on a shoestring, bringing to brilliant life the story of the first great antibiotic. Read full book review >
NAME ALL THE ANIMALS by Alison Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Powerful, unsentimental, candid, and moving."
An impressive debut memoir of grief and growing up. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"Majestic, spellbinding treatment of a mass killer."
A keen recounting of the 1918-20 pandemic. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Weight-loss programs suggest that happiness comes when fat goes, but Kuffel's clear-eyed account reveals a far more complicated truth."
Not another how-to guide to weight loss, but a smart, sassy, offbeat, funny-sad account of what the author discovered about herself when she went from being a very fat woman to a normal-sized one. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 17, 2003

"Whatever the explanation, the survival of the hospital was nothing short of a miracle, one that Silver captures with all due astonishment."
Fascinating footnote to Holocaust history that staggers the imagination, revealing the existence of a Jewish hospital in the heart of Berlin that treated patients to the very end of Hitler's reign. Read full book review >

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
Full-immersion journalist Kidder (Home Town, 1999, etc.) tries valiantly to keep up with a front-line, muddy-and-bloody general in the war against infectious disease in Haiti and elsewhere. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >