Health & Medicine Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A highly compelling, only occasionally overstated assessment of the role of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of mental health issues."
A history and personal exploration of psychotropic drugs and medical procedures for treating mental illness and depression. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Concrete, straightforward advice on helping girls move beyond the anxiety, depression, and angst that plague so many as they strive toward adulthood."
Practical advice on raising well-adjusted girls. Read full book review >

THE KEVIN SHOW by Mary Pilon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Grippingly provocative reading."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of one man's struggle with a rare form of bipolar disorder called the Truman Show delusion. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An intensive, timely spotlight on the gender disparities within the modern health care system that falls short on solutions."
A sturdy account of how sexism in medicine is hobbling women's health care. Read full book review >
ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS by Abby Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Disturbing but important reading."
A science writer's account of her frustrating experiences with the medical establishment as she tried to understand an illness that defied easy explanation and diagnosis. Read full book review >

Released: March 13, 2018

"At a moment when women's experiences in the workplace have come to the fore, Hirsch's eye-opening study of gender-based disparity surrounding illness will hopefully help spawn a similar reckoning for women's health."
Part memoir and part sociomedical inquiry, veteran journalist Hirsch's first book explores the many physical and emotional challenges faced by young women confronted with serious illnesses. Read full book review >
WELLMANIA by Brigid Delaney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Eye-opening and entertainingly voyeuristic, this impressionistic taste test illustrates the struggles more than the benefits of detoxification techniques."
An Australian travel writer's exuberant sampling of wellness methods. Read full book review >
I FEEL YOU by Cris Beam
Released: March 20, 2018

"A fascinating and well-rounded view of how empathy functions in society and why some cultivate it as a skill while others consider it a good moral value."
Using empathy to achieve a kinder, gentler society. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"An important cautionary book that is also oddly exhilarating. At a time when Americans are bombarded with nativism, it's refreshing to read about American volunteers who came through in a crisis affecting some of the poorest nations in the world."
A veteran journalist's chronicle of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which struck more than 28,000 people and killed 11,310. Read full book review >
YOU CAN STOP HUMMING NOW by Daniela J. Lamas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An enthralling reminder that behind every medical advance are the people whose lives it affects and that their stories have impact."
An unflinching report from the front lines of critical care medicine, a technology-driven field in which doctors routinely save patients' lives—sometimes at great cost to their physical and mental health. Read full book review >
ODD GIRL OUT by Laura James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A candid and unexpectedly moving memoir of identity and psychological upheaval."
A British journalist reflects on living with autism. Read full book review >
FEAST by Hannah Howard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"An inspirational memoir of food and finding oneself."
A nonfiction writer and food expert tells the story of her long struggle to overcome a poor body image and unhealthy eating habits. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >