Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 4)

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying."
A prominent surgeon and journalist takes a cleareyed look at aging and death in 21st-century America. Read full book review >
MY MYSTERIOUS SON by Dick Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not all readers will be convinced, but Russell provides an earnest and eye-opening account of the possible thin line between a psychotic disorder and mysticism."
A memoir about the tight bond between a father and his mentally ill son. Read full book review >

THEN CAME LIFE by Geralyn Lucas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Women inspired by the way Lucas marshaled her resources for treatment will enjoy seeing how such strength can be channeled into other challenges."
TV producer Lucas (Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, 2004) explores why overcoming breast cancer is a happy event but not necessarily a happily-ever-after conclusion. Read full book review >
BOY ON ICE by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch debuts with a biography of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011), a fierce fighter on the ice who died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers at the age of 28. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Compassionate, useful reading related by an expert in his field."
A renowned neurologist examines some important questions: "[W]hat does it mean to be the patient faced with these seismic problems, and how is a connection made with the physician who embodies the knowledge that can make it better?" Read full book review >

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility."
National Book Critics Circle Award winner Biss (Notes from No Man's Land, 2009) investigates the nature of vaccinations, from immunity as myth to the intricate web of the immune system. Read full book review >
INTERNAL MEDICINE by Terrence Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Holt says that he wrote the book over a period of 10 years. Let's hope for a shorter duration before we next hear from this gifted writer/physician."
Think you've heard it all about the grueling, fatigue-driven years suffered by interns and residents once they get their degrees? Think again. Read full book review >
Hearing Loss: Facts and Fiction by Timothy Frantz
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"An easy read about the causes of gradual hearing loss and how to cope with it."
A debut guide that may help start a conversation about an underdiagnosed issue that affects 1 in 7 Americans. Read full book review >
NOT FADE AWAY by Rebecca Alexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An honest and eloquent look at life from someone who has lost two of her senses."
One woman's story of gradually losing her sight and hearing. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 13, 2014

"A fascinating look at how Medicare must change."
A gerontologist's take on what is needed to reform Medicare. Read full book review >
ACID TEST by Tom Shroder
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An observant argument for understanding a society through the drugs it uses."
A well-respected journalist offers evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, about the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An engaging, much-needed new approach to teaching children about the human sexual experience."
Straightforward advice on how to talk to teens about sex. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >