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Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance

This is a book for all readers, as a practical manual for embodied spiritual activism, a guide to decolonizing wellness, a tool for recognizing privilege, and a reminder that yoga isn’t the corporate fantasy businesses make it out to be. Essential reading.

Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World

An insightful account that is especially recommended for those interested in the history of medicine where it intersects with women's health, as well as readers interested in women's and gender studies.


The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease

Hernández presents a comprehensive picture of Chagas and its impact in the U.S.; she makes clear that this is far from the only instance of the medical system failing the patients in its care. Blending family and medical history, this account is especially relevant in an era of pandemics.

The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do about It

As science and medicine continue to study Alzheimer’s, Karlawish suggests, advances in technology, assisted living arrangements, and other lifestyle changes can be used to help people live well with the disease. A must-read on an important subject.

The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die

A must-read for anyone concerned about quality of life at the end of life.

Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine

The story of these trailblazing women and their unique achievements within the medical profession in the 19th century is well written and benefits from bountiful primary sources. It will be a great resource for further in-depth biographical studies. A highly recommended purchase for public library collections, and those that focus on health policy and women in STEM careers.


There’s No Pill for This: A Naturopathic Physician’s Personal Prescription for Managing Multiple Sclerosis

An open, honest, and up-to-date guide, based on personal experience in addition to science, for people living with MS along with their caregivers..

Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics

Parker realizes the importance of being your own advocate while journeying through health care systems. Using the author’s passion and own experiences, this book empowers readers not to give up. A solid purchase for public and consumer health libraries.

The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery

As Fung’s previous books, The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code, have been popular with a variety of patrons, this recent exploration of an important subject has the same potential.

Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever

An excellent choice for those interested in learning more about medical history, and the process of bringing awareness to chronic illness.

Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary

Snyder writes with passion and clarity, using personal observations, historical references, and case studies to raise the call for reforming the current health care system; stating that without changes, true freedom remains elusive for many.

Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss

Clarke is a clear-eyed, compassionate storyteller, and the stories of her patients’ suffering and final moments—along with her father’s

Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

Essential for most libraries, especially where books about medical history and material culture circulate well.

High-Octane Brain: 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

An informative resource for all health collections.


Anti-Vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement

Recommended for those countering the anti-vaccination movement, as well as those with an interest in cultural and historical antecedents of the movement.

So Much More Than a Headache: Understanding Migraine Through Literature

A valuable resource to help migraineurs see their sufferings put into words and to help friends and family, bosses and co-workers, and physicians gain more empathy and understanding.

The Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster That Launched the War on Cancer

A fast-paced read for fans of narrative nonfiction.


Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?

This unique, evidence-based book points to data that can be used as a starting point for more policy research and would be a solid purchase for public policy collections, as well as academic health and public libraries.

Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women’s Health and What We Can Do About It

An important book for women and those who care about and for them.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Infectious Causes: The Theory and Evidence

An excellent book for patients, caregivers, and those who are learning about infectious causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone

Relevant to all who provide or receive health care in America.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Full of fascinating information and compelling arguments, this eye-opening (or more aptly a mouth-closing and nostril-opening) work is highly recommended for those with health conditions related to sleep apnea, asthma, and snoring.

Help Yourself: A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Love Delicious Food

This is not a weight-loss cookbook, and Hunt doesn’t intend it to be. Instead, she considers it a starting point for anyone living with chronic illness or autoimmune disease to get ideas and inspiration. A worthy follow-up to Healthyish that can more than stand on its own.

Borrowing Life: How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality

A thrilling and riveting story of determination, perseverance, and compassion that makes medical history accessible.

When Blood Breaks Down: Lessons from Leukemia

The engaging stories in this book, both personal and scientific, make it a good choice for readers interested in solid literature on medicine, especially cancer research.

When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

Ofri’s latest book is a must-read for those looking to gain a glimpse into the complex environment in which medical professionals work as well as those who may have experienced subpar medical treatment. Her ideas about mitigating harm can save lives and may leave you wishing she was overseeing your own health care.

Precision Community Health: Four Innovations for Well-Being

A timely purchase for health policy collections, for public libraries with a collection that is used by not-for-profits and local community health organizations, and for advocates for better community health.

The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: A Memoir

Though dense at times, this work is among the few about understudied chronic conditions that primarily affect women, and the little attention they receive. For those living with invisible illnesses who have been told they don’t look sick, and fans of the podcasts This Is Not What I Ordered and No End In Sight.


Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare

Day clearly provides a road map for future advocacy in health-care reform, appealing to readers interested in helping to pave a path forward.

Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens

Recommended for readers interested in the history of science and medicine, and how human response to global issues informs and impacts pathogen research and antibacterial use.

Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace

Recommended for readers curious about Chinese American history or the history of alternative medicine in the United States.

The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America

This social and medical history of the role of miscarriage will be useful for people planning a family, women who have had a miscarriage, and gender studies students.

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina; Separating the Myth from the Medicine

For anyone seeking a factual and fun take on a subject that should never have been, yet still is, taboo, this book will be much appreciated.

The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

This memorable work will be of interest to anyone who has been impacted by cancer, both patients and family and friends.

Seven Signs of Life: Unforgettable Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor

While the prose is somewhat uneven

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

Combining historical research, interview information, and personal accounts, Pickert creates a well-rounded and informative overview of breast cancer and its many treatments. Her book leaves readers hoping that progress will continue in a positive direction.

The Last Ocean: A Journey Through Memory and Forgetting

Among the many recent books on the subject of dementia, this is one is particularly moving, beautifully told, and an important addition to memoir and consumer health collections. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

The Brink of Being: Talking About Miscarriage

Bueno’s compassionate book is a must-read for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage or seeks to learn about women’s health outcomes.


Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

This important, accessible introduction to the promise and limitations of AI as it has thus far developed clearly presents the “state of the field” garnered from extensive research. Readers interested in technology’s role in the transformation of medicine will find this an insightful read

Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

Thought-provoking, empowering information that all women should have; essential for public and consumer health libraries.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun To Play Itself Out?

Highly recommended for thoughtful audiences with a concern for life on our planet.

The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West

A worthwhile addition for environmental collections that will appeal to readers of regional literature.

The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall

Highly recommended for fans of Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed and Yuval Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

The Martha Manual: How To Do (Almost) Everything

This most recent compendium provides everything one might expect from a Stewart manual—clean and elegant design along with detailed instructions. For everyone with similar DIY experiences, and anyone looking to get started.

Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum

Fans of popular physics books and authors will find this an accessible and informative read. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary: 375 Tinctures, Salves, Teas, Capsules, Oils, and Washes for Whole-Body Health and Wellness

A solid DIY herbal directory for the home medic and readers of herbalism and natural medicine.

Heart Solution for Women: A Proven Program To Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

For all public and consumer health collections.

Once a Wolf: The Science Behind Our Dogs' Astonishing Genetic Evolution

Rich in accessible analogies that deftly explain complex scientific concepts, this is a must-read for anybody who has wondered about the origins of humans' best friend.

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

Environmentalists, concerned citizens, and students will find this book helpful in comprehending the extent of this ongoing issue.

Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

Recommended primarily for fans of Sacks's earlier works. This final posthumous collection provides one last peek into the author's generous, curious, and brilliant mind. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration

With poetic chapter titles, and enhanced by 21 color photographs, especially of brilliant warblers, this highly recommended account makes for thoughtful reading for both experienced and novice birders.

Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future

This important work should be read by those concerned about the environmental impacts of nuclear energy and climate change. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]

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Heart: A History

This captivating investigation deftly communicates the beauty, mystery, and scientific wonder of the human heart. Recommended for educated lay readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]

Rx for Hope: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care

Useful for patients wishing to learn more about different types of chemotherapy and complementary cancer therapies.

Ticker: The Quest To Create an Artificial Heart

For fans of nonfiction with a little suspense and drama. Not recommended for animal lovers or people looking for a more academic treatment. [See Prepub Alert, 2/26/18.]

Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure

May be appreciated by alternative health advocates and practitioners.

The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs

Enriched with patient case studies that illustrate the complex nature of this disease, Sederer's balanced and compassionate approach makes this a valuable addition to the conversation on this timely topic.

Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction: Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis

Blesching's study supports a certain viewpoint, but readers interested in researching the topic should seek out additional research. This title could be used in conjunction with Rav Ivker's recent Cannabis for Chronic Pain, in which the issues of legality are more openly addressed.

Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide

Chronic Lyme sufferers may find either work helpful. Readers looking for a more science-focused discussion will prefer Conquering Lyme while readers looking for a more actionable course will prefer The Lyme Solution.

Yoga for Diabetes: How To Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda

While tailored to persons with diabetes, this is a useful resource for any beginning yoga practitioner, especially one with an interest in Ayurveda.

Immunization: How Vaccines Became Controversial

While the prose can be dry, readers who wish to be informed of the current debate and issues surrounding it will appreciate the clear, fact-based approaches of both authors.

Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Those looking for alternatives to conventional diabetes management approaches will find this a comprehensive and practical resource. Recommended for diabetic and prediabetic patients, as well as family members of those diagnosed.

The End of Breast Cancer: A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine

Important for those in health care who are unfamiliar with the viral causes of cancer, as well as patients wishing to know more.

The Black Woman's Breast Cancer Survival Guide: Understanding and Healing in the Face of a Nationwide Crisis

An excellent, well-written work for all black women and all health-care professionals who wish to understand better the challenges facing this community.

Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts

Brodnick's writing is engaging and entertaining, making this a great book for anyone considering preventive surgery.

The Breast Test Book: A Woman's Guide to Mammography and Beyond

This commonsense guide should help make the screening process less intimidating and assist those with concerns of overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer

Anyone receiving or recovering from cancer therapy will find this book useful.

Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer

A solid read for breast cancer patients.

The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson: The Pioneering Life of a Forgotten Surgeon

Recommended for medical historians and those who love biographies (particularly those of important yet largely forgotten figures).

Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia

Medical students will appreciate Przybylo's enthusiasm, and casual readers will find his description of his line of work engaging and educational. A solid addition to any nonfiction shelf.

Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance

Holliday has a flair for bringing unique locations and provisions to life, taking readers with him into crowded restaurants and markets, creating an exciting work for food lovers interested in a combination of culinary history, cultural analysis, and travel.

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

A tour-de-force survey of what is known about why we behave the way we do, for students of human interaction in any discipline. [Prepub Alert, 11/21/16.]

Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz

With a laid-back vibe, this is a solid collection for party hosts seeking some unusual and trendy cocktails. Recipes skew toward the sweet and fruity, so perhaps not the best choice for hard-core cocktail purists.

The Health of Nations: The Campaign To End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases

A fascinating look at epidemiology and the challenges that public health workers face.

Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution

Interesting, but for a specific audience.

The Seasons Alter: How To Save Our Planet in Six Acts

A conversation starter or more hot air? Most likely the former for reader-citizens crushed by the scale of the problem or confused by its polarity. For students of environmental philosophy, an essential text. [Prepub Alert, 10/10/15.]

John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman

For general audiences interested in ornithology. Those already somewhat familiar with Audubon and eager to learn more about the process of compiling Birds will particularly enjoy.

The Family Gene: A Mission To Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future

Even though Linder's narrative is sometimes disjointed, genealogists and readers interested in popular medicine may find this book more relatable than Alice Wexler's Mapping Fate.

The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease

An excellent, accessible addition for most public libraries. [Prepub Alert 9/19/16.]

The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond

Entertaining and informative, this is a fun book for all cocktail enthusiasts. Fair warning: cravings for a hit of booze, tomato, and spice are likely—preferably alongside some eggs benedict.

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

A combination of popular science and self-help, this offering should appeal to scientifically inclined readers of popular psychology who are also seeking inspiration. [Prepub Alert, 2/21/16.]

Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight To Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change

For readers with an interest in agriculture and the environment.

The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope, and Healing

This charming book is replete with enough medical references to interest any student of medical history. Other readers will fall under the spell of the music, automobiles, and social mores of the 1930s. For everyone.

Understanding Pain: Exploring the Perception of Pain

Cervero condenses a wealth of information into a succinct yet comprehensive summary of what is known about the physiological and psychological aspects of pain. Lay readers may struggle with the academic writing style and terminology, but those who persevere will learn much about the universal human experience that is pain.

Thieves of Virtue: When Bioethics Stole Medicine

Despite his controversial tone and arguably unfair readings of those he considers his opponents, Koch raises important questions that bioethics and health policy scholars (his intended audience) would do well to attend to.

Encyclopedia of Wellness: From Açaí Berry to Yo-Yo Dieting

Readers of this set will encounter a lot of maybe this, maybe that, with little definite information. A better choice is Martha Craft-Rosenberg and Shelley-Rae Pehler’s Encyclopedia of Family Health (SAGE, 2011).

Race in a Bottle:The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age

Recommended for lay scientists, readers of popular magazines like Scientific American or New Scientist. Although no background in the health sciences or genetics is necessary to understand this work, readers already familiar with terms like “genome” or “pharmacogenomics” would most enjoy this book.

Fabulous Raw Food: Detox, Lose Weight, and Feel Great in Just Three Weeks!

This will be popular with the health food crowd, though of marginal interest to others.

Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Sleep: How the Brain Controls Our Passions

For readers with some background in science who want to learn more about the hypothalamus’s role in everyday life.

Predictive Health: How We Can Reinvent Medicine To Extend Our Best Years

The authors, both founders of Emory’s predictive medicine school, are ultimately compelling in their argument for both openness to new ideas and critical thinking for the vigorous pursuit of evidence-based health measures, though they rely too much on buzzwords. An absorbing look at an exciting potential health-care revolution.

The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book: Using Whole Foods To Relieve Crohn’s Disease and Colitis

For those seeking an overview of IBD, take a look at John Hunter’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Essential Guide to Controlling Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Other IBDs. Korth’s book is recommended for readers looking for a recipe-heavy discussion of IBD.

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest To Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness

Anyone with an interest in transformational memoirs and open to New Age ideas will gravitate to this story.

Mending Broken Soldiers: The Union and Confederate Programs To Supply Artificial Limbs

Though the work is highly specialized, the prodigious research presented here will be valued by readers interested in Civil War medicine.

An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases

The author’s objective review of the data, paired with accounts of his own experiences, offers insight into the role of the gut in the immune response and provides a fascinating look at a growing area of medical research. A perceptive look at modern science.

Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga

At its heart, this is a love story about Bikram yoga and a tenderhearted yet critical look at the life and work of its very human guru. A riveting read, especially for those with an interest in modern yoga culture, gurus, and leaders.

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