Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 4)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
101+ Secrets from Nutrition School by Lynne M Dorner
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fun, easy-to-read guide for those seeking basic advice on living a more balanced life."
A health coach shares tips on living well in this debut self-help guide. Read full book review >

DIRTY OLD LONDON by Lee Jackson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A well-researched, if unpalatable, picture of a filthy city and the different factions fighting for and against reform using class distinctions, gender inequality and horrendous poor laws. Jackson strongly warns us that the problem isn't solved; the great sewer project is desperately outdated, and the 'clean air' is anything but."
Victorianist Jackson (Walking Dickens' London, 2012) demonstrates the unimaginable filth that permeated London during the 19th century.Read full book review >
SECOND AVENUE CAPER by Joyce Brabner
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"The art of cartoonist Zingarelli underscores the tone of the text."
A graphic memoir detailing a pot-dealing scheme that helped finance treatment for those dying from AIDS in the early days before the epidemic even had that name. Read full book review >
SEVERED by Frances Larson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 17, 2014

"An alternately intriguing and disturbing sidelight on our cultural values that is not for the squeamish."
Larson (Honorary Research Fellow/Univ. of Durham; An Infinity of Things: How Sir Henry Wellcome Collected the World, 2009) explores our morbid preoccupation with the grotesque, as typified by the value we place on severed heads.Read full book review >

THE COM DIET & SPOT REDUCTION by Massimo Spattini
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A comprehensive, original contribution to a burgeoning field of physiological research."
According to this book by Italian nutritionist Spattini (Anti-aging e lo stile di vita integrato, 2013, etc.), it may be time to thin out some long-standing ideas about fat loss. Read full book review >
THE RESILIENCE DIVIDEND by Judith Rodin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A convincing argument that becoming resilient is not only possible, but essential; food for thought for all and especially recommended for community leaders."
A revealing examination of the anatomy of resilience, the capacity to withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL EYES by Paul Austin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2014

"A poignant and candid father's memoir."
An emergency room doctor and essayist tells the moving story of how he came to terms with being the father of a child with Down syndrome. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"A gutsy, deeply revealing account that more than fulfills the promise of the subtitle."
Freelance journalist and author Stark (Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games, 2012) has both fully researched her subject and poured out her heart in this blend of history, science and memoir. Read full book review >
PRO by Katha Pollitt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Pollitt's cogent opinion presents potent testimony on a woman's right to choose."
A pro-choice proponent delivers a dramatic, persuasive argument for abortion. Read full book review >
DRUGS UNLIMITED by Mike Power
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A compelling, accessible perspective on the global e-tail drug market."
A comprehensive report on how the Internet has revolutionized illicit narcotic sales. Read full book review >
THE BIRTH OF THE PILL by Jonathan Eig
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"A well-paced, page-turning popular history featuring a lively, character-driven blend of scientific discovery and gender politics."
Former Wall Street Journal reporter Eig (Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster, 2010, etc.) recounts the origin story of the oral contraceptive—"the pill"—as a scientific answer to a cultural conundrum: how to have sex without pregnancy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >