Health & Medicine Book Reviews

A Spirit of Charity by Mike King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 2016

"A searing and sobering indictment of the public health care system that highlights the inequality of treatment."
In the spirit of investigative journalism, this assessment of public hospitals paints a grim picture of health care for the poor in America. Read full book review >
THE NEXT PANDEMIC by Ali S. Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"The details are sometimes disturbing, but Khan writes with verve, clarity, and a touch of humor."
Autobiography of a self-described disease detective whose adventures in public health dramatize the need to modify our approach to emerging infections and possible pandemics. Read full book review >

READING AND WRITING CANCER by Susan Gubar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 17, 2016

"Bright, upbeat, and empathetic, Gubar argues convincingly that words have the power to heal."
For cancer sufferers, words can lift the spirit. Read full book review >
LATE TO THE BALL by Gerald Marzorati
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"What begins as a straightforward chronicle of a not-entirely-unusual midlife quest evolves into an examination of midlife reinvention in general, both the how and the why."
A career editor and writer takes up tennis at age 60—not as a hobby, but competitively. Read full book review >
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Sometimes rueful, often oblique, but provocative and highly readable."
A winding but elegant valediction from Diski (What I Don't Know About Animals, 2011, etc.), known as a literary journalist and chronicler in England, now resigned to a short tenure on Earth as a "canceree." Read full book review >

Erotic Integrity by Claudia Six
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bold, refreshing call to discover and own one's sexuality."
A debut self-help book that aims to help individuals and couples work through their sexual fears. Read full book review >
Thrive by K. Chayne
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An elegantly written, passionately presented, cleverly organized guide to pursuing a healthy and responsible life."
A debut book offers a comprehensive approach to living an "environmentally conscious" life. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2016

"A comprehensive, erudite narrative that traces the history of a group dedicated to exploring alternative and effective patient care delivery."
A book examines the pioneering evolution of a health care initiative centered on mind-body medicine. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 3, 2016

"An occasionally humorous, definitely informative look at what Americans eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all those snack times in between and how our eating habits are changing who we are."
How American food habits have changed over time. Read full book review >
THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS by Roger Thurow
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 3, 2016

"In-depth research and personal stories bring the issue of malnutrition in women and children to the forefront and provide evidence that, with proper support, children can flourish."
A presentation of research from around the world showing that good nutrition is critical in the first 1,000 days of a child's life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Williams delivers a complex tale about a complex disease, and by sharing a narrative rich in detail, personalities, and New York scenes, she will ease the burdens of those immediately affected and inform others of progress in cancer research."
Who would have thought a book about being diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma could be exhilarating and entertaining? Read full book review >
CHANGING NORMAL by Marilu Henner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease."
Actress and health and guru enthusiast Henner (Total Memory Makeover, 2012, etc.) teams with her husband, Michael Brown, to recount the odyssey that brought them together—and the horrifying cancer diagnosis that threatened to tear them apart. 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 >