Health & Medicine Book Reviews

GROSS ANATOMY by Mara Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A simultaneously funny and informative memoir about the wonder of the human body."
A journalist/author explores the whys and hows of the female body as she confronts the "volatile and apprehensive relationship" she has with her own body parts. Read full book review >
THE FINCH IN MY BRAIN by Martino Sclavi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Uniquely memorable and poignantly surreal."
A film producer and screenwriter's account of how he survived both stage-four brain cancer and surgery that rendered him unable to read. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An expert life of an undeservedly obscure American."
A fascinating—and disturbing—history of the late-19th-century crusade for food safety, led by a pioneering scientist who fought hard against "chemically enhanced and deceptive food manufacturing practices," some of which we still see today. Read full book review >
RX by Rachel Lindsay
Kirkus Star
by Rachel Lindsay, illustrated by Rachel Lindsay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This unsettlingly powerful graphic narrative shows how Lindsay has made peace with her parents and the medical establishment—and also found creative fulfillment far from corporate America."
A graphic memoir about mental illness, medication, health insurance, and all the interactions among them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2018

"Honest, moving, and an invaluable source of hope for those facing all manner of adversities."
In this uplifting debut memoir, a Los Angeles businessman recalls his life before and after a triple organ transplant. Read full book review >

NOT A POSTER CHILD by Francine  Falk-Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Bold, charming, and inspirational."
A Californian polio survivor shares memories of her challenging but fulfilling life in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
TIPS TO FIGHT DRY EYE THAT WORK! by Bill Vallely
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 24, 2018

"A funny and surprisingly thorough tour of the problems of sore, dry eyes—and possible ways to fix them."
A debut graphic novel details the origins, nature, and potential treatments for dry eyes. Read full book review >
TICKER by Mimi Swartz
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Swartz is a witty, savvy, seasoned journalist, and she offers a welcome history of significant medical advances."
The legacy of heart-saving innovations viewed through the eyes of pioneering cardiologists. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF US  by Irwin  Redlener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2017

"Motivating and immensely uplifting; an engaging intimate memoir about impassioned connectedness with children in dire need."
Inspiring words from a global champion who believes in "fulfilling the promises and potential of all children." Read full book review >
TRUCE! by H.   Moody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2018

"A useful and illuminating guide that encourages a greater awareness of a crippling syndrome affecting legions of patients."
A physician shares his trials with chronic pain in this debut medical memoir. 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 >
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Synaptic pruning, folded proteins, adaptive habits: all fascinating stuff ably interpreted by a master."
The eminent neuroscientist examines what the injured or diseased brain can tell us about a healthy one. 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 >