Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

Released: Nov. 19, 2008

"Solidly positioned between textbook and self-help manual, Coan's cogent text will suit any reader seeking a nuanced understanding of his or her self."
An explanation of gender differences through the combined lenses of psychology and traditional mythology. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"An important, consciousness-raising work."
A doctor who has witnessed the worst forms of inhumanity in hot spots around the globe takes an unflinching look at the political and economic forces that provoke human suffering and offers a moving meditation on the nature of humanitarianism. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A big-hearted examination of the extreme contradictions in a society very different—yet not so different—from our own."
A female doctor provides a uniquely revealing look at the hidden world of Saudi Arabian women. Read full book review >
EPILOGUE by Anne Roiphe
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"As fragile and as haunting as memory itself."
A spare, trembling and troubling memoir of loss from recently widowed novelist and social commentator Roiphe (An Imperfect Lens, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2008

"Readers may squirm to learn the sheer silliness of so many of their fears. They will squirm again to realize that, despite this knowledge, those fears will persist."
Entertaining, often jolting account of why trivial risks terrify us, even as we engage in wildly dangerous activities with hardly a qualm. Read full book review >

Released: May 20, 2008

"A rich and masterful memoir with great value for aspiring practitioners of the genre, as well as discerning readers."
Vanity Fair writer at large Brenner (Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women, 2000, etc.) pens an absorbing account of her fractious relationship with her brother. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2008

"A latter-day Silkwood, quiet and understated, beautifully written, speaking volumes about the priorities of the age."
A lyrical paean to an unsung…well, not exactly hero, but one of life's unsung people. Read full book review >
FINAL SALUTE by Jim Sheeler
Released: May 6, 2008

"Sobering, touching stories told with deep respect."
A Pulitzer-winning journalist looks at the impact of war deaths on the home front. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2008

"Lucid and exciting."
Veteran science writer Regis (The Info Mesa: Science, Business, and New Age Alchemy on the Santa Fe Plateau, 2003, etc.) explores the mechanisms of life and the latest attempts to reproduce them in the lab. Read full book review >
BONK by Mary Roach
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lively, hilarious and informative look at science's dirty secrets."
Wondering whether orgasms make sows more fertile? Turn to Roach for the answer. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"Noting that the biorevolution gives humankind a potentially vast power to expand the boundaries of life, the authors ask, 'Are we…prepared to understand that power, seize it, and use it wisely?' Their cogent survey gives readers the tools to address that daunting question."
Timely, levelheaded investigation of stem-cell medicine. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"Searing and somber, punctuated with illuminating flickers of hope."
Journalist Itano chronicles the state of AIDS in Africa through the eyes of three families. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >