Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 6)

ADVENTURES IN DIETLAND by Ralph Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2017

"An amusing, meaningful account that demonstrates from the male perspective how to face down obesity, largely through self-awareness and individual efforts rather than a specific diet."
A memoir traces a personal journey through the ups and downs of weight loss. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solid research and easy-to-follow advice about how to recognize 'the essential role of mothers in the lives of their children and mak[e] it easier for women to be there when it matters most.'"
Why it is so critical to be present in your child's early life. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A scathing denouncement, stronger in portraying the system's problems than in offering pragmatic solutions."
A blast across the bow of the entire health care industry, which "attends more or less single-mindedly to its own profits." Read full book review >
THE HEALTH OF NATIONS by Karen Bartlett
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments."
Will the world ever be rid of infectious disease? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An important cautionary memoir about the dangers of everyday chemicals and environmental toxicity and its lethal consequences."
The story of a Florida attorney who nearly died from a mystery illness borne in a high-rise office building. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >