Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2014

"While the book gives outsiders a peek into the inner workings of a large medical group, its message is directed primarily at members of the medical profession, more specifically, to those in management positions."
The executive director of the Permanente Foundation argues that physicians are the key to creating a health care system that is patient-centered, safe, equitable, accessible and affordable. Read full book review >
POP  by Pamela Peery
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A solid, supportive advice book to help women through the physical and mental work of childbirth."
An accessible debut guidebook for pregnant women. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A good starting place for diet and fitness newbies, but it's best supplemented by more heavily researched, detailed approaches."
Fondren's fitness and diet approach is based on her experiences running her Shape Up program in Mississippi. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"A moving volume suffused with pain, hope and bravery."
A bittersweet chronicle about caretaking for the nonlethal casualties of war. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING by Robin Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"At-times inspirational memoir about a journalist's battle with a grave disease she had to face while also dealing with her mother's passing."
With the assistance of Chambers (co-author; Yes, Chef, 2012, etc.), broadcaster Roberts (From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By, 2008) chronicles her struggles with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare condition that affects blood and bone marrow. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Compelling childbirth narratives told from fresh perspectives."
Thirty-one female writers (including the editors) narrate their highly personal experiences of giving birth, beginning with the choices they made in advance, and how the reality compared with their expectations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >