Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >

GUT GUIDE 101 by Mari J Hahn
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 17, 2014

"An informative guide to healthy eating choices that's more concerned with overall well-being than weight loss."
Debut writer Hahn offers a plan for improving health through better digestion. 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 >
TRIPPING OVER THE TRUTH by Travis Christofferson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A well-written account of a nonstandard but plausible theory of oncology."
A history of cancer research that advocates for understanding the disease through a metabolic rather than genetic lens. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >