Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 5)

GET WELL SOON by Jennifer Wright
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There's no question that Wright has covered a lot of medical territory with good information; if only she had curbed her enthusiasm to pontificate."
A lightweight history of plagues from an author who is "invested in this study…because I think knowing how diseases have been combatted in the past will be helpful in the future." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"These meandering stories remain memorable and rewarding, collectively dovetailing with universal lessons about love, family, compassion, the misfortune of random calamity, and living life to the fullest."
A retired physician reflects on his practice, personal history, and experience of medical intervention from a patient's perspective. Read full book review >

THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY by Daphne Merkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"It's hard to find much solace within the relentless gloom—however insightfully explored—of one writer's depression."
A writer reflects on her unceasing struggle with clinical depression. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Easily digested research and personal stories in support of breast-feeding and its importance to mothers and their children."
Why breast-feeding is often frowned upon in the United States despite the well-documented health benefits for both mother and child. Read full book review >
THE BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE by Mike Scalise
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A frankly written debut memoir that captures all the fright of a medical calamity and the humor and grace necessary to survive it."
A devastating diagnosis throws a writer and his family into a tailspin. Read full book review >

DRINKING THE KNOCK WATER by Emily Kemme
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"An unfocused but positive tale of moving forward through unexpected circumstances."
Fertility doctors confront the lingering effects of personal and cultural emotional trauma. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Thirty days on LSD therapy makes for a fascinating trip, indeed, and a learning opportunity for readers interested in the past and present therapeutic uses for psychedelic drugs."
How self-administering tiny doses of LSD abated the disintegration of the author's mental health and family life. Read full book review >
ATTENDING by Ronald Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Worthy reading for medical students and practitioners but also applicable to other fields: artists, writers, musicians, teachers et al. can also fall into formulaic ruts and autopilot behavior and need literally to change their minds."
Can the encounter between doctor and patient be improved? A renowned family physician thinks so, and he explains how in this compendium of a lifetime of experience. Read full book review >
THE CANCER WHISPERER by Sophie Sabbage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Sabbage proves to be an empathetic advocate for patients confronting one of the world's most unsparing and mystifying diseases."
A woman courageously stares down incurable late-stage cancer. Read full book review >
2017 SOCIAL SECURITY GUIDE by Bob Jennings
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2017

"An accessible and helpful primer for those thinking about Social Security."
Jennings (Paid For, 2017, etc.) walks retirees through the federal social insurance program in this manual.Read full book review >
IS IT ALL IN YOUR HEAD? by Suzanne O'Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An intriguing look at how mental processes affect and alter our views—and feelings—of health and illness."
Feeling out of sorts? Take two imaginary aspirin and call us in the morning. Read full book review >
CARING MATTERS MOST by Mark Lazenby
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A critical, empathetic, and insightful guidebook geared toward enriching the work experience of both established and newly trained nurses."
A scholarly discourse proposes integrating increased humanism into the practice of nursing. 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 >