Health & Medicine Book Reviews

Released: June 20, 2018

"Horn engagingly explores a history that, perhaps surprisingly, extended into the 1960s, when the renamed island became a site for mixed-income housing."
Somber study of a dark, little-known episode in the history of New York, when Riker's Island wasn't the only warehouse for the condemned. Read full book review >
Released: June 26, 2018

"A moving, bittersweet account of enduring love."
A debut memoir chronicles a girl's battle to survive—and her joy, despite the odds. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 2018

"A potent, important call to action for those preparing to assume or actively involved in the estate caretaking of an incapacitated loved one."
A powerful voice in senior advocacy sounds the alarm on the guardianship industry's gross abuses. Read full book review >
PATIENT CARE by Paul Seward
Released: July 3, 2018

"A volume brimming with humanitarian lessons in medicine and life alike."
Stories drawn from five decades of work in emergency medicine. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"A useful book that effectively 'conveys the challenges posed by infectious disease and relates a story of unparalleled successes in vaccines that have raised both the quality and quantity of life for all people.'"
A comprehensive history of the science of vaccination. Read full book review >

CANCERLAND by David Scadden
Released: July 10, 2018

"Illuminating reading on the legacy of a cancer authority."
Stories of loss and hope from distinguished Harvard oncologist Scadden. Read full book review >
THE LOST CHAPTERS by Leslie Schwartz
Released: July 10, 2018

"An absorbing, emotionally raw memoir."
An intimate chronicle of the cruel and dehumanizing experience of incarceration. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference. Infuriated readers will be heartened by the determined efforts of protesters and investigative reporters."
The story of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Read full book review >
ALSO HUMAN by Caroline Elton
Released: July 12, 2018

"A useful adjunct to books from within medicine by the likes of Richard Selzer, Atul Gawande, and other metapractitioners."
Of course, doctors are human—and that, it follows from this book, explains why they're so flawed, emotionally chewed-up, and laden with bias and prejudice. Read full book review >
BAD CALL by Mike Scardino
Released: July 17, 2018

"Some say that everybody has a book in them, and this author has found his in this memorable, often grim work."
Ambulance work is not for the squeamish, and neither is reading about it. Read full book review >
LUSH by Kerry Cohen
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intimate and unsparing book of self-reflection."
A therapist and writer reflects on how alcoholism unexpectedly overtook her at midlife. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF BEING by Kara Richardson Whitely
Released: July 17, 2018

"Those curious about the pros and cons of weight loss surgery will find some answers here, though Whitely makes it clear that her decision is a personal one and that others might take different paths."
In her early 40s and topping 350 pounds, the motivational speaker Whitely (Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, 2015, etc.) decided that she needed to do something about her weight. 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 >