Health & Medicine Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A searingly candid memoir."
A popular blogger's tragicomic account of how early motherhood and marriage propelled her into a cycle of drug and alcohol addiction from which she narrowly escaped. Read full book review >
THE HAPPINESS CURVE by Jonathan Rauch
Released: May 1, 2018

"Stimulating reading for those seeking enlightenment and joyfulness throughout middle age."
Exploring the struggle for satisfaction at midlife. Read full book review >

TRIP by Tao Lin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A kaleidoscopic fever dream of ideas, idolatry, and lots of drugs: uniquely produced and curiously intoxicating."
A drug-soaked excursion through addiction, psychedelics, and fascination with a visionary psychonaut. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"The author's offbeat view of human evolution makes for lively reading and invites readers to think deeply about some of his wilder conjectures."
Natural selection made us what we are today, and that is deeply flawed. So argues Lents (Biology/John Jay Coll., CUNY; Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals, 2016) in his second book. Read full book review >
FIRST, WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL by Sarah Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Those who endure anxiety will find Wilson's thoughtful, often funny self-analysis to be just the right companion and affirmation."
An affecting memoir of coping with anxiety over a busy lifetime. Read full book review >

HOW NOT TO BE A DOCTOR by John Launer
Released: May 1, 2018

"Humorous, poignant, provocative, and educational, the author's opinions and anecdotes offer fresh takes on the ever changing field of medicine and how small changes in patient care have the potential to inspire radical improvements in the industry at large."
An assortment of clinical musings from the forefront of patient-centered medicine. Read full book review >
BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES by Allison Pataki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A flawed but heartfelt account of dedication and devotion."
A bestselling historical novelist's account of how she survived the harrowing year following her young husband's unexpected stroke. Read full book review >
THE SEASONS OF MY MOTHER by Marcia Gay Harden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Praise, love, and honor all play roles in this respectful, highly affectionate memoir about a spirited mother-daughter relationship."
An Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to her mother. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A solid work of sports journalism and encouraging reading for jocks who are late to the game but committed to the win all the same."
An exploration of the "elite athletes…who continue to perform and compete at the very highest levels long after the age most of their peers have faded away." Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-informed and accessible guide to treating addiction."
An exploration of drug addiction and the various treatment options. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS by Christie Watson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A beautiful homage to the dignified, unsung heroes of hospital care."
A poignant journey through the "tragedies and joys of a remarkable career" in hospital patient care. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A powerful report on a relevant women's movement deservedly brought to light over a century after it occurred."
Historical survey of an early-20th-century initiative to control "promiscuous" women through forced quarantines. 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 >