Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 4)

NICOTINE by Gregor Hens
by Gregor Hens, translated by Jen Calleja
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In a book that is as much a paean to smoking as it is a eulogy, Hens is both poetic and unforgiving about the pleasures and pains of smoking."
A memoir about cigarette smoking whose meditations provide an intellectual frame for the addictive habit. Read full book review >
THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An important book that merits—and will likely receive—broad circulation and discussion."
The award-winning journalist once again takes up the cudgel in defense of health. Read full book review >

A GUIDED TOUR OF HELL by Sam Bercholz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Darkly fascinating and artfully spirited, the author's cautionary reawakening is a potent rumination on death and what lies beyond."
A longtime Buddhist philosopher's near-death experience proves life-altering, enlightening, and horrifying. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A lucid, urgent updating of Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On (1987) and a fine work of social history."
How scientists and citizens banded together to lift the death sentence from AIDS. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A balanced, informative handbook appropriate for any woman concerned about her breast health."
A surgeon offers a guide to talking to a doctor about breast cancer. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A lively contribution to popular histories of New York and its institutions, worthy of shelving alongside Robert Caro's The Power Broker and Edwin Burrows and Mike Wallace's Gotham."
An eye-opening history of the Manhattan hospital whose name is a byword for asylums everywhere. Read full book review >
THE DOULAS by Mary Mahoney
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers."
The story of the transformative Doula Project. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR NORMAL by Karen Meadows
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An intense, moving account of raising and mourning a child with mental illness."
In her debut memoir, Meadows memorializes her daughter while deploring the state of adolescent mental health care. Read full book review >
ALS by Eliot Dunsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2016

"A thorough, thoughtful resource for people facing a life-altering health situation."
An ALS patient offers advice for coping with a devastating illness. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Diligently researched and relevant to canine owners and animal scientists alike; a serious addition to dog health literature."
A debut book explores the dog obesity "epidemic." Read full book review >
The Great American Food Fight by Brent Baldasare
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An exhaustive and informative guide to the intricacies of America's food."
A diet and nutrition book exposes how the food industry victimizes the U.S. consumer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"A smart, informational, and greatly applicable addition to the diabetic guidebook genre."
A healthful, diet-focused program aims at stemming and even reversing the effects of Type 2 diabetes. 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 >