Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 8)

TRAUMA RED by Peter Rhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Not for the squeamish, the book provides a fascinating glimpse into a world of rapid life-or-death decisions and actions."
From the chief of trauma at Tucson's University Medical Center, where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was taken after the mass shooting in 2011, comes a memoir filled with explicit details about repairing horrific damage to human bodies. Read full book review >
LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE by J.C. Herz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 3, 2014

"A vigorously written must-read for exercise enthusiasts primed for the ultimate fitness challenge."
Former New York Times columnist and Rolling Stone rock critic Herz (Joystick Nation: How Videogames Ate Our Quarters, Won Our Hearts, and Rewired Our Minds, 1997, etc.) shares her enthusiasm for the CrossFit strength and conditioning movement. Read full book review >

TURNING FAT INTO LOVE by Pauline Kerkhoff
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 2014

"A debut diet book with an effective method and a warm heart."
A down-to-earth approach to weight loss that begins with loving oneself. Read full book review >
DRUNK MOM by Jowita Bydlowska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"'Do I stay sober?' she asks at the end of this painfully honest, insightful memoir; 'I'm still here. But how can I be sure of anything else?' Addiction, she knows, is forever."
A new mother recounts her struggle with alcoholism. Read full book review >
Full-Body Fitness for Runners by Thad H. McLaurin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 27, 2014

"A successful educational guide to fitness, nutrition and understanding the body for novice runners."
This nonfiction guide to exercise and nutrition for runners lays out foundational facts and supplies useful techniques and recipes to keep a runner's fitness routine fresh. Read full book review >

THE THIRD PLATE by Dan Barber
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 20, 2014

"In this bold and impassioned analysis, Barber insists that chefs have the power to transform American cuisine to achieve a sustainable and nutritious future."
A multiple James Beard Award-winning chef proposes a revolutionary change for growing and consuming food. Read full book review >
crowded in the middle of nowhere by Bo Brock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2014

"You don't have to live in the Lone Star State to enjoy these companionable tales of a country vet."
The casebook of Brock, a Texas veterinarian, reveals his most memorable cases and larger-than-life characters.It may be the fate of any veterinarian's memoir to languish in the long shadow of James Herriot, but author Brock's humorous reminiscences will fit the big boots reserved specifically for Texas veterinarians. Read full book review >
FROM SUN TO SUN by Nina Angela McKissock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2014

"This tenderly rendered addition to the literature on hospice care deserves the widest possible audience."
A memoir that explores the tender mercies of hospice care. Read full book review >
WHERE DOES IT HURT? by Jonathan Bush
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 2014

"Likely to find its way onto the Republican platform but worthy of serious consideration on its own merits."
With the assistance of former BusinessWeek senior writer Baker (Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, 2011, etc.), Bush, nephew of George H.W., offers an alternative to Obamacare based on his own experiences as CEO of athenahealth, Inc. Read full book review >
SHRINKAGE by Bryan Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A candid recounting of this funnyman's navigation across cancer's rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop's narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place."
Radio personality Bishop, aka "Bald Bryan" from the Adam Carolla Show podcast, depicts his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 13, 2014

"Solid, well-reported science in the Gary Taubes mold."
Journalist Teicholz combs the science, or lack thereof, to learn how the fats in the American diet grew horns and cloven hooves. Read full book review >
TOXIN TOXOUT by Bruce Lourie
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A useful warning against embarking on detoxification without medical supervision."
Canadian environmentalists Smith and Lourie collaborate again in a follow-up to Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Effects Our Health (2010). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >