Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 6)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important story well told, featuring the drama and characters needed to make this a candidate for film adaptation."
A dramatic medical history that reveals the progress and the stumbles, the personalities and the rivalries, in the race to find a vaccine for rubella, or German measles. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY BRAIN by Stephan Guyenet
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A helpful guide offering encouragement to those looking for ways to lead healthier lives."
Obesity researcher and health writer Guyenet seeks an answer to why, "between 1980 and the present, the U.S. obesity rate more than doubled" despite our national obsession with dieting. Read full book review >

MODERN DEATH by Haider Warraich
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important contribution to a serious discussion of profound life-and-death issues."
An examination of "our ongoing battle with aging, disease, and death." Read full book review >
SYSTEMATIC by James R. Valcourt
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will notice that, except for a few dramatic anecdotes, none of Valcourt's marvels is currently happening, but he makes a convincing case that they are viable and just around the corner."
Exploration of "how understanding neural systems is helping us unravel some of the biggest mysteries in science." Read full book review >
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 >
PUT YOUR BEST FEET FORWARD by Geraldine Villeneuve
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"An intriguing, thorough, and well-illustrated guide by a certified reflexologist."
This conversational health guide offers tips on how to improve one's health through proper foot care. 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 >
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 >