Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 5)

HUNGER by Roxane Gay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."
A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Read full book review >
THE BRIGHT HOUR by Nina  Riggs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A luminous, heartbreaking symphony of wit, wisdom, pain, parenting, and perseverance against insurmountable odds."
A loving mother of two meditates on the nature of life and death. Read full book review >

SNOOZE by Michael  McGirr
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus."
An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep, where we spend so much of our time without quite knowing why. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bond between mother and child knows no bounds in this intense memoir darkened by addiction and bipolar disorder yet buoyed by love and possibility."
A mother recounts her trials caring for a son derailed by mental illness and substance abuse. Read full book review >
MAKING MUSIC WITH A HEARING LOSS by Wendy Cheng
Released: June 2, 2017

"An exceptionally valuable resource for musicians and other music lovers with hearing challenges."
A community of audiologists and performers details approaches to music for those with a loss of hearing. Read full book review >

PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE by Sherrie Palm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2017

"A frank, valuable introduction to a little-known medical condition."
In this third edition of her debut work, Palm illuminates a "common, cryptic health concern" with an account of her own experience and scientifically sound advice. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An urgent, balanced, eye-opening plea for mental health care reform."
An alarming report on the dire state of our nation's mental health care industry. Read full book review >
ON EDGE by Andrea Petersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Sensitive and frank personal views on anxiety backed by substantial research and analysis of the evolution of treatment methods and drugs to alleviate symptoms."
Anxiety and panic attacks plague a woman's life. Read full book review >
GYNECOLOGIST REFLECTIONS by Robert  A. Siegel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2017

"Emotionally affecting and earnest, although the philosophical moments falter."
In this debut memoir, a gynecologist contemplates the patients that defined his career. Read full book review >
SONATA by Andrea Avery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A wrenching account of a writer determined to maintain the music of her life in whatever forms are possible."
A high school English teacher, musician, and essayist emotionally and analytically chronicles her journey through the tangled wood of rheumatoid arthritis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Educative and thoughtful—important reading for patients and fellow medical professionals alike."
A sensitive doctor describes her beginnings navigating the unpredictable, woolly world of modern American health care. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An encyclopedic reference for researchers and practitioners but also accessible for general readers due to Rosen's lively depiction of the people, places, and politics that color the history of the fight against infectious disease."
A richly documented history of the rise—and threatened future—of antibiotics. 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 >