Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 5)

THE SEX EFFECT by Ross Benes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion."
A witty discussion of the indirect role sex plays across political, economic, religious, and cultural landscapes. Read full book review >
LIFE'S WORK by Willie Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Valuable as both moral testimonial and as a medical memoir and sure to inspire heat as well as light."
"I believe that as an abortion provider I am doing God's work"—a small but insistent red flag waved in the face of an angry political opposition. Read full book review >

THE SLEEP SOLUTION by W. Chris Winter
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"The rare book that may help sufferers of poor sleep improve their quality of rest simply by elucidating the context of good sleep and offering the right techniques to achieve it."
A no-nonsense, science-based guide to achieving restful sleep from the doctor Ariana Huffington calls the "sleep whisperer." Read full book review >
A SURGEON IN THE VILLAGE by Tony Bartelme
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A highly inspirational story about sustainable global health measures."
The story of an American brain surgeon in Tanzania and the work he has done to develop surgeons in the East African country. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (Mark Twain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"The panic is palpable in Kolata's moving depiction of a mysterious disease and its frightening consequences."
A family's legacy is haunted by a torturous genetic disease. Read full book review >
REHAB YOUR OWN SPINAL STENOSIS by Terri Night
NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2017

"A thorough beginners' guide to addressing spinal pain."
A seasoned physical therapist draws on her 25-plus years of knowledge about the causes and treatment options for spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. Read full book review >
CRISIS IN U.S. HEALTH CARE by John Geyman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2017

"Articulate, loaded with informative details, especially timely, and bound to leave the reader reaching for a bottle of aspirin."
A book examines all aspects of medical care in the United States and how it has changed over the past 60 years. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLEPAUSE by Marina Benjamin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoughtful, morose meditation on aging."
Middle age makes the writer feel "ambushed and laid bare." Read full book review >
IN-BETWEEN DAYS by Teva Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"What Harrison has learned through her ordeal is that whatever she is feeling, it is natural to feel—and that, ultimately, all of us are living with the same finite mortality. An impressive graphic memoir."
A devastating and inspiring cancer memoir mixing drawings and essays, hope and dread. Read full book review >
THE NEW OLD ME by Meredith Maran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spirited and moving memoir about how 'it's never too late to try something new.'"
An essayist and nonfiction writer's account of how she was forced to start over after age 60. Read full book review >
DEADLIEST ENEMY by Michael T. Osterholm
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"A well-rendered work of popular science. If you don't emerge from it as the neighborhood expert on the flu, you skipped a chapter or two. If you emerge unworried, you missed the point."
Think the Zika virus and Ebola are bad? As a renowned epidemiologist suggests, those are just previews of coming attractions. 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 >