Health & Medicine Book Reviews

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 >
MAKING MUSIC WITH A HEARING LOSS by Wendy Cheng
Released: June 2, 2017

"An exceptionally valuable resource for musicians and other music lovers with hearing challenges."
A community of audiologists and performers details approaches to music for those with a loss of hearing. Read full book review >

DIFFERENT DREAMS by Mary Kay DeGenova
NON-FICTION
Released: June 23, 2017

"An intelligent self-help book that will give stressed parents practical knowledge and a sense of relief."
Children with developmental disabilities can thrive if their parents reject perfectionism and embrace "different dreams" for them, according to this guide for parents. Read full book review >
CANCER by Stephen A.  Rosenberg
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"A friendly, practical, easy-to-read road map that may indeed take some of the sting out of an alarming cancer diagnosis."
A radiation oncologist and health researcher provides counsel on navigating one of the most feared maladies in modern medicine. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A candid and revealing portrait of a man and a nation in turmoil."
The story of an American physician who faced medical, personal, and cultural challenges at a hospital in Jerusalem. Read full book review >

Released: April 15, 2015

"Despite its lack of new information, this intriguing book presents advice in a reassuring, approachable manner, providing hope to parents and others caring for children with autism."
A mother and her autistic son offer a mixture of self-help manual, memoir, and treatment guide. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 2017

"Practical, motivational, and patient-centered medical advice that replaces anxiety and uncertainty with knowledge and foresight."
A debut guide focuses on stress-free health maintenance. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A potent, convincing manifesto on how female sexual equality marches onward despite cultural roadblocks."
A feminist perspective on sexual power and its uses and abuses in America. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. Read full book review >
COUNTING BACKWARDS by Henry Jay  Przybylo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tour of a mystifying, unnerving, yet precious medical necessity."
A veteran anesthesiologist probes the origins and mysteries of medically induced unconsciousness. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. 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 >