Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 3)

CLEAR QUIET MIND by Kevin  Schoeninger
Released: Aug. 27, 2017

"A valuable, easy-to-read, positive manual on relaxing the mind, finding perspective, and journaling one's way to self-awareness.

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In this guide to mindfulness as a tool toward wellness and satisfaction, the author provides methods to gain insights and honor emotions with the respect and validation they deserve. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 25, 2017

"A successful exploration of myths and cultural norms that affect an individual's perspective and well-being."
In this debut holistic book about human rituals, myths, and ancestral history, a clinical psychologist infuses modern life lessons with ancient ones. Read full book review >

THE EDUCATION OF A CORONER by John  Bateson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fascinating and wildly informative dive into the mysterious world of death and decay."
Grisly true-life cases from the longtime career of a veteran coroner. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HIGH BLUE AIR by Lu  Spinney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An engrossing and wrenching memoir."
A family's tragedy is revealed in agonizing detail. Read full book review >
THE KELLOGGS by Howard Markel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A superb warts-and-all account of two men whose lives help illuminate the rise of health promotion and the modern food industry."
A dual biography of the highly successful Kellogg brothers, who "fought, litigated, and plotted against one another with a passion more akin to grand opera than the kinship of brothers." Read full book review >

SAFE DRIVING 4 SENIORS by Dale McCormack
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Authoritative and nonjudgmental; filled with useful tips and information targeted to seniors that should reinforce or rekindle their enthusiasm for safe, attentive driving."
A driving educator and instructor offers refresher tips for seniors in this debut manual. Read full book review >
DYING by Cory Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There is an ever expanding body of literature on coming to terms with mortality, and this entry ranks with the best."
An eloquent plea for a more humane approach to death and a moving meditation on the life that leads to that end. Read full book review >
PATIENT H69 by Vanessa  Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"Patient narratives are a growing genre, and not all end happily. Potter's has that positive aspect as well as illustrating one woman's way of coping with a disease that touches on universal fears: blindness and paralysis."
A stunning account of the onset of a form of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause sudden blindness and paralysis. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 2017

"Practical, motivational, and patient-centered medical advice that replaces anxiety and uncertainty with knowledge and foresight."
A debut guide focuses on stress-free health maintenance. Read full book review >
DIFFERENT DREAMS by Mary Kay DeGenova
NON-FICTION
Released: June 23, 2017

"An intelligent self-help book that will give stressed parents practical knowledge and a sense of relief."
Children with developmental disabilities can thrive if their parents reject perfectionism and embrace "different dreams" for them, according to this guide for parents. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury."
An exploration of the current medical research on brain health and the consciousness of patients who suffer catastrophic head trauma. Read full book review >
OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. 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 >