Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Roffman's cleareyed text and non-clinical delivery makes the slippery slope of sex education less daunting."
An informative, helpful guide for parents contemplating how to talk to their children about the birds and the bees. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2012

"A realistic and poignant compilation of the intricacies of relationships."
Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2012, etc.) offers insight into the world of online advice through her collection of letters sent to "Dear Sugar," her once-anonymous column for the online magazine The Rumpus. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"An exquisite—and often exquisitely depressing—patchwork of joy and pain."
Captivating samplings of one doctor's tour of duty inside the country's oldest and perhaps most illustrious public hospital. Read full book review >
MONKEY MIND by Daniel Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"A true treasure-trove of insight laced with humor and polished prose."
Intimate, compelling memoir exploring the boundaries of the author's severe anxiety. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2012

"Ambitious and thoughtful work, successfully fusing the personal and social by raising complex questions about drugs, addiction and contested cultural narratives."
Boldly written, in-depth account of an expatriate aesthete's dalliance with opium. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2012

"A welcome alternative approach to overtaxing our brains and then reaching for the pill bottle—should warrant serious attention."
A neurologist who specializes in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia explores how we can tap into "the neurology and physiology of our body's innate 'calm' mechanisms" to achieve greater health, happiness and success. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2012

"Engaging, useful account of the similarities between humans and other animals."
Natterson-Horowitz (Cardiology/UCLA School of Medicine) and former Atlantic Monthly editor Bowers investigate the correlation between human and animal health issues. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2012

"A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go."
A sharp, illuminating history of ideas showing how America has wrestled with birth, childhood, work, marriage, old age and death. Read full book review >
THE COST OF HOPE by Amanda Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2012

"A moving, beautifully written chronicle of true love and a clarion call for health-care reform."
The hot-button issue of unregulated health-care costs underscores this engaging memoir of marriage and terminal illness. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"Superbly crafted tale of Cold War America's dark underside."
A harrowing account of Colorado's Rocky Flats plutonium plant by a woman who grew up nearby. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >