Health & Medicine Book Reviews

PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE by Sherrie Palm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2017

"A frank, valuable introduction to a little-known medical condition."
In this third edition of her debut work, Palm illuminates a "common, cryptic health concern" with an account of her own experience and scientifically sound advice. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES IN DIETLAND by Ralph Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2017

"An amusing, meaningful account that demonstrates from the male perspective how to face down obesity, largely through self-awareness and individual efforts rather than a specific diet."
A memoir traces a personal journey through the ups and downs of weight loss. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2017

"A solid, comprehensive book that outlines the world of insurance and its intricacies."
In this debut business book, Erkis draws on his decades of experience in actuarial work—as well as his experience as a consumer in the insurance market—to explain the ins and outs of buying and using different types of insurance. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR NORMAL by Karen Meadows
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An intense, moving account of raising and mourning a child with mental illness."
In her debut memoir, Meadows memorializes her daughter while deploring the state of adolescent mental health care. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >

MAYHEM by Sigrid Rausing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stylish and devastatingly lucid memoir."
The piercing, fragmented story of how the author watched the horrific toll drug addiction took on her brother and his wife. Read full book review >
ADMISSIONS by Henry Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Another thoughtful, painful, utterly fascinating mixture of nut-and-bolts brain surgery with a compassionate, workaholic surgeon's view of medicine around the world and his own limitations. Readers will hope that a third volume is in the works."
A retired British neurosurgeon delivers the follow-up to his well-received debut memoir, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (2015). Read full book review >
GORILLA AND THE BIRD by Zack  McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"If the Joads were tanked up on Bud Light and Haldol and Steinbeck were under Hunter S. Thompson's influence, this might be the result—rueful, funny, and utterly authentic."
"I am a bipolar gorilla": a tale of madness, self-destruction, and the stalwart presence of a family that, while not exactly the Waltons, is always there. Read full book review >
SERENITY GRANTED by Richard Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"A thoroughly entertaining and affecting remembrance."
A man recounts the depths of addiction and the miracles of recovery in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A succinct and approachable handbook for all the stuff that comes after the veterinary degree."
A debut guide seeks to flesh out the often lacking business education of veterinary school graduates. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A CORONER by John  Bateson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fascinating and wildly informative dive into the mysterious world of death and decay."
Grisly true-life cases from the longtime career of a veteran coroner. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bond between mother and child knows no bounds in this intense memoir darkened by addiction and bipolar disorder yet buoyed by love and possibility."
A mother recounts her trials caring for a son derailed by mental illness and substance abuse. 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 >