Health & Medicine Book Reviews

NON-FICTION

"A stimulating account of how medicine advanced by getting physical."
Modern medicine's focus on the mechanics of disease to the exclusion of the emotional and spiritual dimensions of illness and healing remains both its greatest strength and a growing weakness, according to this historical study. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"For those inclined to believe that the end is not nigh and who would like to keep up with recent science, this book is a…well, not a godsend, but a gift all the same."
The bomb? The plague? Trump? Not to worry; things are getting better. So writes eternal optimist Pinker (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

STAND UP by Ken  Cruickshank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"An affecting account of chronic illness; a useful reference for those with MS and their family members."
Cruickshank's first book, an account of his battle with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, captures the difficult journey of coming to terms with chronic illness. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF RARE by Victoria Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An incredibly inspiring and enterprising story of a mother's tireless endeavor to cure the ailment plaguing her daughter and others across the globe."
A cosmetic company mogul, philanthropist, and recent inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame recounts how a rare disease and the fight for a cure galvanized her family. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"The author's work has won wide attention through a New Yorker article and a TED talk. This important and compassionate book further sounds the alarm over childhood trauma—and what can be done to remedy its effects."
A pediatrician's battle against the toxic effects of childhood adversity. Read full book review >

CLEAR QUIET MIND by Kevin  Schoeninger
Released: Aug. 27, 2017

"A valuable, easy-to-read, positive manual on relaxing the mind, finding perspective, and journaling one's way to self-awareness.

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In this guide to mindfulness as a tool toward wellness and satisfaction, the author provides methods to gain insights and honor emotions with the respect and validation they deserve. Read full book review >

"An addictively written, thorough coroner's chronicle."
The art of forensic medicine from a veteran medical examiner. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In a sure-to-be-controversial book, Hari delivers a weighty, well-supported, persuasive argument against treating depression pharmaceutically."
Mining the root causes of depression and anxiety. Read full book review >
AGELESS MAN by Georges  Debled
Released: Sept. 30, 2017

"A practical, motivational compendium on aging healthfully, gracefully, and as slowly as possible."
A scholarly how-to guide targets men eager to impede "the shipwreck of old age." Read full book review >
BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A searingly eloquent memoir."
A nonfiction writer offers an account of the devastating physical and emotional consequences a much-desired pregnancy had on her life. Read full book review >
BREAKING LITTLE BONES by G. Bennett Humphrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An affecting, candid recollection about the human costs of medical research."
A doctor recounts his harrowing experience treating children with leukemia. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A motivational and elucidating appeal for health system reform and a return to patient-centered medical care."
An overview of the complications plaguing an increasingly "by-the-numbers" American health care system provides some possible solutions. 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 >