Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 7)

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A book that effectively presents a realistic, flexible diet."
A Los Angeles physician and nutrition specialist offers customized eating plans based on individual goals and insulin status. Read full book review >
CURVOLOGY by David Bainbridge
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 7, 2015

"An articulate yet debatable and uneven survey of the endlessly beguiling female form."
The biology, culture, and vanities perennially orbiting the female body. Read full book review >

THE HEALTH GAP by Michael Marmot
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Marmot is more successful at delineating a social problem than at solving it, but he provides plenty of ammunition for those in position to tackle it."
A close look at the health gap between the richest and better educated and those below them on the socioeconomic scale. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"One of the most absorbing and empowering science histories to hit the shelves in recent years."
One of the world's most renowned and forward-thinking oncologists recounts 35 years of cancer research and tells us why we should be optimistic about the future. Read full book review >
ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW by Sheila Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A brave and honest memoir of mental illness and the many people it can affect."
A popular Portland radio talk show host's account of her painful marriage to a bipolar man who eventually committed suicide. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Despite a few drawbacks, this solid primer should be useful to anyone interested in stem cells and their potential to change the world."
An advocate makes the case for the promise of stem cell research, arguing for further funding. Read full book review >
Mom, Twice a Child by Marilyn R. Duncan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"A bittersweet, unvarnished portrait of a mother's strength and decline."
A mixture of family history and memoir, Duncan's debut honors her 94-year-old mother, Marguerite, who struggles with dementia. Read full book review >
Sustainable Fitness by Z. Altug
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A thorough, well-researched, and practical fitness book."
A health and fitness guide that goes far beyond basic mantras to deliver a complete method for improvement in even the smallest aspects of daily life. Read full book review >
DRINKING IN AMERICA by Susan Cheever
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An intelligently argued study of our country's 'passionate connection to drinking.'"
A distinguished biographer and cultural historian offers a fascinating look at the place and function of alcohol throughout American history. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING by Gavin Francis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Henry Marsh's Do No Harm remains this year's medical memoir to beat, but Francis acquits himself well."
Doctors with literary ambitions write memoirs, tell stories about patients, or educate us. Scottish physician Francis (Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, 2013, etc.) successfully combines all three.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An inspiring story in which the author demonstrates unequivocally that public health policy can not only save lives; it can change the way we view the landscape of food."
A New York City-based saga showing how "saving lives in America today means fighting to protect people from the pervasive marketing of cigarettes, junk food, and other unhealthy products." Read full book review >
THE LAWS OF MEDICINE by Siddhartha Mukherjee
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A splendid exploration of how medicine might be transformed."
Oncologist and Pulitzer Prize winner Mukherjee (Medicine/Columbia Univ.; The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, 2010) skillfully dives into the hidden side of medicine in this elaboration of the author's 18-minute TED talk.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >