Health & Medicine Book Reviews

EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING by Robin Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"At-times inspirational memoir about a journalist's battle with a grave disease she had to face while also dealing with her mother's passing."
With the assistance of Chambers (co-author; Yes, Chef, 2012, etc.), broadcaster Roberts (From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By, 2008) chronicles her struggles with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare condition that affects blood and bone marrow. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"A moving volume suffused with pain, hope and bravery."
A bittersweet chronicle about caretaking for the nonlethal casualties of war. Read full book review >

TOXIN TOXOUT by Bruce Lourie
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A useful warning against embarking on detoxification without medical supervision."
Canadian environmentalists Smith and Lourie collaborate again in a follow-up to Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Effects Our Health (2010). Read full book review >
POP  by Pamela Peery
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 6, 2014

An accessible debut guidebook for pregnant women. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2014

"While the book gives outsiders a peek into the inner workings of a large medical group, its message is directed primarily at members of the medical profession, more specifically, to those in management positions."
The executive director of the Permanente Foundation argues that physicians are the key to creating a health care system that is patient-centered, safe, equitable, accessible and affordable. Read full book review >

SHRINKAGE by Bryan Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A candid recounting of this funnyman's navigation across cancer's rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop's narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place."
Radio personality Bishop, aka "Bald Bryan" from the Adam Carolla Show podcast, depicts his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Read full book review >
THE BIG FAT SURPRISE by Nina Teicholz
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 13, 2014

"Solid, well-reported science in the Gary Taubes mold."
Journalist Teicholz combs the science, or lack thereof, to learn how the fats in the American diet grew horns and cloven hooves. Read full book review >
WHERE DOES IT HURT? by Jonathan Bush
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 15, 2014

"Likely to find its way onto the Republican platform but worthy of serious consideration on its own merits."
With the assistance of former BusinessWeek senior writer Baker (Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, 2011, etc.), Bush, nephew of George H.W., offers an alternative to Obamacare based on his own experiences as CEO of athenahealth, Inc. Read full book review >
THE THIRD PLATE by Dan Barber
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 20, 2014

"In this bold and impassioned analysis, Barber insists that chefs have the power to transform American cuisine to achieve a sustainable and nutritious future."
A multiple James Beard Award-winning chef proposes a revolutionary change for growing and consuming food. Read full book review >
TURNING FAT INTO LOVE by Pauline Kerkhoff
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 2014

"A debut diet book with an effective method and a warm heart. "
A down-to-earth approach to weight loss that begins with loving oneself. Read full book review >
DRUNK MOM by Jowita Bydlowska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

""Do I stay sober?" she asks at the end of this painfully honest, insightful memoir; "I'm still here. But how can I be sure of anything else?" Addiction, she knows, is forever."
A new mother recounts her struggle with alcoholism. Read full book review >
THE MINISTRY OF THIN by Emma Woolf
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Relevant, engrossing and sure to help liberate those in the throes of a weight battle or lifestyle crisis."
A thorough analysis of our weight-obsessed culture. Read full book review >