Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2012

"Rigorous analysis buoyed by a deep sense of humanity."
A journalist turned "ganjapreneur" examines America's schizophrenic attitude toward marijuana. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2012

"An intriguing biography of a unique—and on Nantucket, irreplaceable—doctor."
In this absorbing debut, award-winning New York Times staff writer Belluck chronicles the daily life of a maverick physician and the Nantucket community he serves. Read full book review >

NO TIME TO LOSE by Peter Piot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2012

"An absorbing memoir in which the author learns to combat deadly diseases and maneuver in the international political scene."
London School of Tropical Medicine director Piot gives a boots-on-the-ground account of the global struggle to contain two potentially devastating pandemics: Ebola hemorrhagic fever and AIDS. Read full book review >
A SONG IN THE NIGHT by Bob Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"A testament to the strength and goodness within the human spirit."
Born with hemophilia, Massie's childhood combined bouts of intense pain and disappointment with unabashed joy and lavish family affection. In this moving memoir, the author (Loosing the Bonds, 1997) recounts how this doubled-edged environment laid the foundation for a life filled with compassion and activism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2012

"A gripping account of academic politics and the birth of the pharmaceutical industry."
Pringle (The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov, 2008, etc.) tells a complex tale of scientific intrigue. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"A simultaneously painful and inspiring page-turner."
A no-holds-barred "biography of depression," based on the alternating journal entries of a mother and daughter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"An eloquent memoir of Jonah's sometimes-almost-imperceptible growth, increasing social skills and developing self-awareness that also addresses the broader issues involved with parenthood."
With self-deprecating humor and searing honesty, Montreal-based feature writer and book reviewer Yanofsky (Mordecai and Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, 2003, etc.) reveals the painful frustration and the powerful bond of love between him, his wife and their 11-year-old autistic son, Jonah. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"Well-researched and insightful."
Bristow (History/Univ. of Puget Sound; Making Men Moral: Social Engineering During the Great War, 1996) unpacks the complex cultural, social and scientific effects of the 1918 influenza epidemic and reveals the American voices that fill the gap of a suppressed national memory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"Trenchant and amusing, occasionally tasteless and bracingly humanistic, Krigman will get in your head."
A comedic tour of a variety of mental health issues, with Lyme disease and gonorrhea thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2012

"The author's clear rendering of the tough questions surrounding this knotty topic should make it required reading for anyone touched by this issue."
A freelance journalist delves into what has been called a giant uncontrolled experiment using America's children as guinea pigs. Read full book review >
MEMOIR OF A DEBULKED WOMAN by Susan Gubar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2012

"Not just a grueling memoir of facing a deadly disease but a powerful exposé of the failure of medical science to find better ways to detect and treat it."
A brutally honest account of the author's ovarian cancer treatment and a staunch protest against the state of contemporary approaches to the disease. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"An important book with broader implications than its specific subject."
A neurologist breaks with professional orthodoxy to shed new light on the diagnosis and treatment of autism. 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 >