Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 8)

THE BIRTH OF THE PILL by Jonathan Eig
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"A well-paced, page-turning popular history featuring a lively, character-driven blend of scientific discovery and gender politics."
Former Wall Street Journal reporter Eig (Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster, 2010, etc.) recounts the origin story of the oral contraceptive—"the pill"—as a scientific answer to a cultural conundrum: how to have sex without pregnancy. Read full book review >
TRIPPING OVER THE TRUTH by Travis Christofferson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A well-written account of a nonstandard but plausible theory of oncology."
A history of cancer research that advocates for understanding the disease through a metabolic rather than genetic lens. Read full book review >

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying."
A prominent surgeon and journalist takes a cleareyed look at aging and death in 21st-century America. Read full book review >
MY MYSTERIOUS SON by Dick Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not all readers will be convinced, but Russell provides an earnest and eye-opening account of the possible thin line between a psychotic disorder and mysticism."
A memoir about the tight bond between a father and his mentally ill son. Read full book review >
THEN CAME LIFE by Geralyn Lucas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Women inspired by the way Lucas marshaled her resources for treatment will enjoy seeing how such strength can be channeled into other challenges."
TV producer Lucas (Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, 2004) explores why overcoming breast cancer is a happy event but not necessarily a happily-ever-after conclusion. Read full book review >

BOY ON ICE by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch debuts with a biography of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011), a fierce fighter on the ice who died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers at the age of 28. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Compassionate, useful reading related by an expert in his field."
A renowned neurologist examines some important questions: "[W]hat does it mean to be the patient faced with these seismic problems, and how is a connection made with the physician who embodies the knowledge that can make it better?" Read full book review >
ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility."
National Book Critics Circle Award winner Biss (Notes from No Man's Land, 2009) investigates the nature of vaccinations, from immunity as myth to the intricate web of the immune system. Read full book review >
INTERNAL MEDICINE by Terrence Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Holt says that he wrote the book over a period of 10 years. Let's hope for a shorter duration before we next hear from this gifted writer/physician."
Think you've heard it all about the grueling, fatigue-driven years suffered by interns and residents once they get their degrees? Think again. Read full book review >
Hearing Loss: Facts and Fiction by Timothy Frantz
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"An easy read about the causes of gradual hearing loss and how to cope with it."
A debut guide that may help start a conversation about an underdiagnosed issue that affects 1 in 7 Americans. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Presents a limited number of practicable tips based on others' research."
This compilation of scientific abstracts and anecdotal testimonies discusses the relationship between health and light exposure. Read full book review >
NOT FADE AWAY by Rebecca Alexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An honest and eloquent look at life from someone who has lost two of her senses."
One woman's story of gradually losing her sight and hearing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >