Health & Medicine Book Reviews

WHEN THE SUN BURSTS by Christopher Bollas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A vastly informative, coherent, and valuable assessment; useful and accessible for both mental health professionals and laypeople—even those who don't share the author's unique perspectives and treatment alternatives."
A contemporary appraisal of schizophrenia and its puzzling traits and treatments through the lens of a physician's esteemed 40-year practice. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE by David R. Montgomery
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet."
A geologist and a biologist and environmental planner chronicle the transformation of their desolate Seattle backyard into a fertile garden and how they learned about the importance of beneficial microbes in their newly revived soil. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"One of the most absorbing and empowering science histories to hit the shelves in recent years."
One of the world's most renowned and forward-thinking oncologists recounts 35 years of cancer research and tells us why we should be optimistic about the future. Read full book review >
THE LAWS OF MEDICINE by Siddhartha Mukherjee
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A splendid exploration of how medicine might be transformed."
Oncologist and Pulitzer Prize winner Mukherjee (Medicine/Columbia Univ.; The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, 2010) skillfully dives into the hidden side of medicine in this elaboration of the author's 18-minute TED talk.Read full book review >
Macaroni Isn't The Same Without Cheese by Qian Yuan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 21, 2015

"A helpful book for readers seeking to better understand the physical and emotional challenges of EoE."
Yuan and Rotter's (Eating Isn't Always Easy, 2012) short book about eosinophilic esophagitis is a creative resource for elementary school-aged children dealing with a complicated medical condition.Read full book review >

First Aid, Survival, and CPR by Shirley A. Jones
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"A copy of Jones' safety guide should have a place of honor in every vehicle and camping kit."
Clear, succinct information, sensible design, and strongly organized information combine to make this field guide an invaluable aid to travelers and outdoor recreationists. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"As the author notes early on, health care is one of the few areas where people willingly cede control over to others, but with this useful book, patients can have more say over what direction treatment takes rather than just going along for the ride."
A primer on making the right moves as an active participant in your health care. Read full book review >
Germs Are Us by Melvin A.  Benarde
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"An occasionally icky but always fascinating guide to the ecosystem within."
Benarde covers everything you wanted to know—and some of what you didn't—about the interactions of humans and the microbes that live with us in this engrossing exploration of the human biome. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An inspiring story in which the author demonstrates unequivocally that public health policy can not only save lives; it can change the way we view the landscape of food."
A New York City-based saga showing how "saving lives in America today means fighting to protect people from the pervasive marketing of cigarettes, junk food, and other unhealthy products." Read full book review >
Just Chaaa...  by David Kearney
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A creative, solution-filled book about restoring rest, health, and vitality to one's life."
This short guide to a healthier, more relaxed, and balanced lifestyle posits strategies that are easy and memorable. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING by Gavin Francis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Henry Marsh's Do No Harm remains this year's medical memoir to beat, but Francis acquits himself well."
Doctors with literary ambitions write memoirs, tell stories about patients, or educate us. Scottish physician Francis (Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, 2013, etc.) successfully combines all three.Read full book review >
The Proactive Health Solution by Nadia Yacoub Cavallini
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"A great starting point for readers looking to improve their health and a useful supplement for those already pursuing healthy lifestyles."
A comprehensive guide to improving one's physical, mental, and spiritual health through better education, motivation, and self-discipline. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >