Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 7)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Sensitive but skeptical, a narrative for practitioners and patients alike about the search to understand a corner of the unknown in medicine."
A seasoned doctor takes on the head-scratching phenomenon of near-death experiences. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A levelheaded, well-researched analysis of the many 'trappings of contemporary breastfeeding culture.'"
The pros and cons of using breast milk instead of formula for your baby. Read full book review >

WHEN THE SUN BURSTS by Christopher Bollas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A vastly informative, coherent, and valuable assessment; useful and accessible for both mental health professionals and laypeople—even those who don't share the author's unique perspectives and treatment alternatives."
A contemporary appraisal of schizophrenia and its puzzling traits and treatments through the lens of a physician's esteemed 40-year practice. Read full book review >
CONCUSSION by Jeanne Marie Laskas
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Effectively sobering. Suffice it to say that Pop Warner parents will want to armor their kids from head to toe upon reading it."
A maddening, well-constructed tale of medical discovery and corporate coverup, set in morgues, laboratories, courtrooms, and football fields. Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell."
Valediction from the late neurologist and writer Sacks (On the Move: A Life, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"An imperative analysis that begs for discussion by industry watchdogs and consumers alike."
A succinct, disturbing report on the prevalence of malpractice in modern medicine. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE by David R. Montgomery
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet."
A geologist and a biologist and environmental planner chronicle the transformation of their desolate Seattle backyard into a fertile garden and how they learned about the importance of beneficial microbes in their newly revived soil. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"High-quality advocacy certain to stir debate."
The president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute makes a convincing case that the slow pace of the Federal Drug Administration's development and approval process for new medications is needlessly costing lives. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >