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Yoga Life: Habits, Poses, and Breathwork To Channel Joy Amidst the Chaos

For all skill levels. Readers will gain strategies to disrupt boundaries between their mats and their lives.

Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation

Requisite reading. A no-nonsense, educational, science-backed, in-depth title about menstruation and the impact it can have on one’s body. This title will empower readers to better understand their bodies and to advocate for themselves in medical situations.

The TMJ Handbook: A Therapeutic Guide to Relieving Jaw Tension and Pain with Yoga and Mindfulness

A solid how-to guide for readers interested in alleviating physical or mental stress via a yoga or mindfulness practice. This book is also a thought-provoking reminder of how interconnected the parts of the body are.

The Natural Remedies Guide

A good, reasonably priced resource for consumer health collections. With continuing interest in natural medicine, this volume on the topic is welcome.

Whole Mama Yoga: Meditation, Mantra, and Movement for Pregnancy and Beyond

Welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for new yogis, yet filled with information and insights valuable to experienced practitioners who want to know how to modify poses or reset expectations during and after pregnancy. This title benefits yoga instructors as well by providing tips on how to support yoga practitioners during their pregnancy and postpartum experiences.

Sauna: The Power of Deep Heat

Health and wellness readers will enjoy this overview of sauna history, culture, and etiquette.

This Is What You’re Really Hungry For: Six Simple Rules To Transform Your Relationship with Food To Become Your Healthiest Self

Still, this is a commonsense approach to letting go of internalized narratives that may promote unwanted eating habits or negative body image. Will be of interest to readers who want to stop falling for diet trends and quick fixes and learn new ways to think about what’s on their plate.

The Korean Herbal Apothecary: Ancient Wisdom for Wellness and Balance in the Modern World

A beautiful blend of tradition, recipes, and principles that guides readers through the basics of the Korean apothecary.

The Mindful Body: Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health

This is not a wellness book with checklists. Instead, it serves as an exploration of what change looks like and how people can incrementally move away from learned rules toward more nuanced approaches to their own health.

Secrets of Health and Joy in All Seasons: A Practical Guide with the Wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Well-organized, meticulously documented, and actionable. Readers will think differently about the interactions between their bodies, the seasons, and some holistic modalities of healing.

Policing Pregnant Bodies: From Ancient Greece to Post-Roe America

This book is a wake-up call for those who care about and for women and children.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders, 4th Ed

An invaluable resource for general readers wanting comprehensive, up-to-date information on neurological disorder diagnoses, causes and symptoms, treatment and management options, prognoses, and possible preventative measures of each condition.

Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing, Updated Edition

By 2030, some 78 million baby boomers are expected to reach the age of 65. They, as well as their current and potential caregivers, will welcome this practical advice.

Fragmented: A Doctor’s Quest To Piece Together American Health Care

An informative and sobering look at the state of patient care in the United States.

The Science of Movement, Exercise, and Mental Health

Designed and ideal for professional practitioners of personal training, dance, yoga, and similar fields. Experienced users may benefit from this book’s content as well.

Yoga Inversions: Your Guide to Going Upside Down

The easy-to-understand sequences, helpful photographs, and welcoming process to execute inverted yoga poses make this a great addition to any collection.

Deeper Mindfulness: The New Way To Rediscover Calm in a Chaotic World

The promise of a calmer, more connected world, free of stress and exhaustion, will likely encourage readers to select this book and give it a chance to work its mindful magic. Ideal for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age

A helpful guide to embracing the joys and confronting the sorrows of life. Recommended for readers of all ages seeking motivation or inspiration as they continue their living journey.

The Essential Guide to Intermittent Fasting for Women: Balance Your Hormones To Lose Weight, Lower Stress, and Optimize Health

An easy-to-follow guide for those interested in the basics of intermittent fasting. Perfect for readers struggling to live optimal healthy lives.

To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick—and How We Can Fight Back

A thought-provoking read for anyone who buys or wears clothes. A recommended addition to collections.

OCME: Life in America’s Top Forensic Medical Center

This audiobook is a winner for patrons who enjoy medical nonfiction and true crime or are interested in medical forensics. Narrator Barr makes listeners want to hear more.

The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine

Through these stories, listeners will learn not only about the monetary cost of medical care but the human cost as well. With facts and heart, this is a timely book that showcases the realities of a system in crisis.

Code Gray: Death, Life, and Uncertainty in the ER

Told with candor and compassion, this well-narrated book should not be missed by anyone who is interested in the ethics and the real-life experiences of medical personnel.

Hot and Bothered: What No One Tells You About Menopause and How To Feel Like Yourself Again

This is a useful addition for consumer health collections that need an accessible, current book about perimenopause and menopause.

The Plant-Powered Plan To Beat Diabetes: A Guide for Prevention and Management

A must-buy for library cookbook collections.

Working Americans, 1880–2022, Vol. 18: Health Care Workers

An interesting addition to a long-running series; perhaps of use in U.S. high schools, but it would be better off without the aforementioned 150+ extraneous pages.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Emerging Diseases

Will interest high school and college students studying health care, the effects of climate on plants, animals, and people, or the intersection of multiple sciences.

Long Illness: A Practical Guide to Surviving, Healing, and Thriving

This is a welcoming book, though many of its strategies duplicate techniques well described in other health care manuals. It is useful, however, to see how compassionate health management techniques can address these puzzling long conditions and offer encouragement for healing.

Is This Normal?: Judgment-Free Straight Talk about Your Body

A good addition to women’s health and consumer health collections. Readers wanting more scientific information will want to pick up Vagina Obscura by Rachel E. Gross.

Glucose Goddess Method: The 4-Week Guide to Cutting Cravings, Getting Your Energy Back, and Feeling Amazing

The author’s tips and tricks are gentle nudges that she lovingly teaches her fans to enfold in their habits. She does so without judgment or any rigid food rules, which is a welcome approach.

Work It Out: A Mood-Boosting Exercise Guide for People Who Just Want To Lie Down

While some readers may draw comfort and inspiration from the message, the lack of illustrations makes this a nonessential purchase.

Built To Move: The Ten Essential Habits To Help You Move Freely and Live Fully

While mobility, as opposed to exercise and fitness, is an intriguing concept, the outdated sources and sometimes radical lifestyle suggestions make this book difficult to recommend as a collection purchase.

Reshape Your Life: Don’t Settle Because You Are Worth It

Purchase where religious self-help books or where this author is popular.

Insomnia Doc’s Guide to Restful Sleep: Remedies for Insomnia and Good Sleep Health

A clear explanation of a complicated topic. Likely to be popular with those who follow the author on social media and with those in need of sleep.

The Miracle of Flexibility: A Head-to-Toe Program To Increase Strength, Improve Mobility, and Become Pain Free

Readers will gain knowledge of concrete movements and exercises that will reduce their pain, improve their mobility, and help them move gracefully through life.

Smarter Not Harder: The Biohacker’s Guide to Getting the Body and Mind You Want

A deeply absorbing book that offers a refreshing approach on how to succeed in living a healthier lifestyle. Ideal for readers interested in fitness, healthy eating, and general health.

Hospital City, Health Care Nation: Race, Capital, and the Costs of American Health Care

Will likely appeal to graduate students, professionals, and think tanks interested in all aspects of the health care system.

If It Sounds Like a Quack…: A Journey to the Fringes of American Medicine

A witty and informative examination of several alternative health-care practices in the United States that indicts both pseudo-healers and unsuccessful efforts to regulate them.

If I Betray These Words: Moral Injury in Medicine and Why It’s So Hard for Clinicians To Put Patients First

This book is great for anyone working with patients, from nurses and doctors to health care and hospital administrators. It puts a spotlight on the problem of moral injury and how to rectify it.

What’s Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety

This work will appeal to readers who enjoy memoirs and general nonfiction, but Kadzin’s conversational tone and writing style make this book accessible to all readers.

The Body Liberation Project: How Understanding Racism and Diet Culture Helps Cultivate Joy and Build Collective Freedom

This book will appeal to readers, particularly women, who are familiar but not extremely well-versed in topics of or relating to diet culture and social justice

Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness

Land gatherers of all skill levels located near garden or forest regions will find this a necessary plant and spiritual reference guide.

Fitter. Calmer. Stronger: A Mindful Approach to Exercise and Nutrition

With a balanced mix of personal anecdotes (including confessions of missteps) and expert advice, this book feels like both a workout buddy and a super trainer, without taking a tone that’s unnecessarily prescriptive or harsh.

Gua Sha and Crystal Massage: Techniques for Healthy and Glowing Skin

With its respect for cultural tradition and ease of access, this introduction to gua sha would be a fine addition to libraries where self-care titles circulate well.

Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel

Like many fitness and diet influencers, Cole uses phrases such as “you can’t heal a body you hate” in ways that feel reductive and rewords standard practices, such as food elimination or a 21-day food plan, that are already endemic in the diet industry.

The Friction Factor: The Busy Person’s Guide to Sustainable Diet and Exercise

A useful book for anyone trying to effectively schedule diet and exercise into their busy lives.

Complete Guide to TRX®: Suspension Training®

This book delivers powerful results for everyone from the TRX novice to the experienced professional. It will be an important, instructive tool in every trainer’s pocket that will make this multitasking piece of equipment accessible for anyone interested in trying it out.

Good Night: Your Holistic Guide to the Best Sleep of Your Life

Much of the work consists of blank pages for journaling. For those interested in the meditation and yoga mindset, it could be a useful guide for changing habits.

The Health Babes’ Guide to Balancing Hormones: A Detailed Plan with Recipes to Support Mood, Energy Levels, Sleep, Libido and More

This informative nutrition and recipe guide will help readers gain control of their bodies and navigate symptoms caused by hormone-imbalance. Every library should have a copy of this on their shelves.

Womb: The Inside Story of Where We All Began

A revelatory, straightforward, and important work.

The Complete Guide to Healthy Drinks: Powerhouse Ingredients, Endless Combinations

This inclusive title is a good choice for librarians looking for one book on the subject. Its very scope allows it to be many things to many people.

Allergic Intimacies: Food, Disability, Desire, and Risk

This book should be a part of academic research and college classrooms.

Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between

Osmundson brings passion and emotion into these thoughtful and insightful essays while presenting citable facts to back up his point of view. This is one biology lesson readers won’t want to skip.

Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

This quirky history is both entertaining and informative; an ideal recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Drunken Botanist or Lydia Kang’s Quackery.

Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

Almojera’s honest and raw memoir makes an impact. This timely addition to any collection will help preserve the story of the first few months of the pandemic and give listeners a glimpse into the hectic life of being a paramedic in a city that never sleeps.

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Restore Your Health, Reset Your Mind and Find Happiness Through Breathwork

This is a powerful resource and workbook designed for readers to practice with each breath.

Intuitive Eating for Life: How Mindfulness Can Deepen and Sustain Your Intuitive Eating Practice

Hollenstein’s relatable, warm, and supportive tone encourages readers to rethink their relationship to their bodies. A much-needed counterbalance to the endless supply of diet books on public library shelves. Highly recommended.

The Brain Behind Pain: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection

Backed by research, which is cited in a comprehensive bibliography, Purvez’s book is highly recommended for clinicians seeking to better understand how to help their patients and for general readers whose own lives have been impacted by pain.

Total Body Beautiful

These are proven traditional exercises that match new research on metabolism and aging, which is what makes this manageable, effective, and sustainable.

The 5 Principles: A Revolutionary Path to Health, Inner Wealth, and Knowledge of Self

A welcome addition to self-help, fitness, and healthy living sections.

The Sleep Prescription: Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest

This book offers readers a flexible hands-on approach that addresses a serious problem. Highly recommended for anyone trying to reduce insomnia or improve overall sleep.

The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

Overall, this is a book that encourages compassion and kindness for all bodies, which isn’t ever a bad thing.

Sleep Reimagined: The Fast Track to a Revitalized Life

Navab’s supportive and optimistic tone, combined with an approachable action plan, make this a useful addition to public and consumer health collections.

The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure

A well-presented book on an all-too-timely topic; suggest to readers who enjoy titles by David Quammen.

Who Is Wellness For? An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who It Leaves Behind

It would also be of interest to survivors of abuse and feelings of alienation or those wanting to learn about the impact of capitalism on the ecologies of non-Western nations.

The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America

Beautifully written with easily accessible language and narrated with a level of delicacy, this character-driven title is a must-have for all nonfiction collections.

Teaching Body Positive Yoga: A Guide to Inclusivity, Language and Props

Helpful for users and providers of yoga classes and other wellness activities.

Our Red Book: Intimate Histories of Periods, Growing & Changing

A vibrant collection of stories evoking joy, dread, loss, and celebration that will resonate with many.

Natural Beauty Reset: The 7-Day Program To Harmonize Hormones and Restore Radiance

A useful resource for public and consumer health collections where alternative health information is in demand.

Tornado of Life: A Doctor’s Journey through Constraints and Creativity in the ER

Beautifully written with a different take on life, this is recommended for any collection.

Ordinary Deaths: Stories from Memory

Readers of Richard Selzer and Abraham Verghese will find this book interesting but lacking the consistent quality of writing that can be found in some of the best memoirs on the topics of death, dying, and medicine. Still recommended.

Starving To Heal in Siberia: My Radical Recovery from Late-Stage Lyme Disease and How It Could Help Others

While the work is well written and well organized, it offers instructions for a dangerous practice that should not be done in a self-help/DIY fashion. Giving readers such information (even though similar instructions can be found on the internet and through social media influencers) seems irresponsible.

The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER

Recommended for anyone who thinks about the state of health care. This will give them new insights.

A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them

Recommended for those curious about how things work and fans of true crime, history, and science.

Owning the Sun: A People’s History of Monopoly Medicine from Aspirin to COVID-19 Vaccines

Recommended for those interested in medical history, the politics and practices of the COVID pandemic, or the activities and objectives of the Gates Foundation.

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Young Doctor

With lessons about medicine in general and a particular health-care system that U.S. listeners can compare with their own experiences, this is a must-have for public libraries.

Phantom Plague: How Tuberculosis Shaped History

Recommended for all public libraries, this beautifully narrated title puts an ongoing public health crisis in its proper historical context and argues articulately and persuasively against the pharmaceutical patents that have helped it proliferate.

Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse: How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health and the New Science of Exercise

An optional purchase for libraries building medical collections.

Ethics by Committee: A History of Reasoning Together About Medicine, Science, Society, and the State

This slim, deeply researched book pulls back the curtain on medical decisions that affect millions. Academic readers and those interested in medical ethics will enjoy Jacobs’s perceptive study.

How To Eat More Plants: Transform Your Health with 30 Plant-Based Foods per Week (And Why It’s Easier than You Think)

A tasty primer on increasing the diversity of foods in diets and improving overall gut health. Purchase where there is interest.

The World the Plague Made

Densely detailed but rich in erudition and startling new insights, this fresh look at the impact of the Black Death upon world history is a must for history lovers and plague afficionados alike.

Healing a Divided Nation: How the American Civil War Revolutionized Western Medicine

Overall, this is a good introduction to the subject and an enjoyable read. A good addition for those interested in the Civil War, biographies about women, and African American history.


Readers interested in learning about the pharmaceutical industry (plus the ways drugs are introduced to healthcare providers, and the deceptions that get particular drugs into a patient’s treatment regimen) may find themselves galvanized by what Abramson reveals.

Breathing Lessons: A Doctor’s Guide to Lung Health

A practical guide to an essential organ; will especially interest readers of James Nestor’s Breath.


The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women

Hossain synthesizes a great deal of qualitative and quantitative data in this effective overview of bias in American medicine, particularly women’s and maternal health care. An especially welcome addition to health care policy, women’s studies, and race studies collections at public or special libraries.


The Unseen Body: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy

An engaging book likely to pique the curiosity of readers interested in a wide range of medical conditions or naturalistic medicine.

Every Deep-Drawn Breath: A Critical Care Doctor on Healing, Recovery, and Transforming Medicine in the ICU

Heightened media attention to intensive care medicine during the pandemic should make this of interest to both lay and professional readers. Ely writes with passion, clarity, and authority.

Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive

Bringing both insight and humor to an important and relevant topic, Dettmer’s book is essential reading, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness

O’Sullivan has written a medical page-turner that makes a compelling argument for a holistic approach to health care.

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

An excellent book for anyone concerned with health, community, or the environment. The accessible writing will draw readers in.

Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer’s

Davis is a wise, thoughtful, empathetic, skilled, graceful support for the many people facing AD in a loved one. A must-read.

You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation

A well-written and informative look at the reality of medical advancement, including poignant examples of its often-fatal repercussions.

Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health

Wen’s book, combining memoir with a discussion of major public health initiatives, is a refreshing take on the topic, one that addresses racial disparities in health care and recenters the conversation on why society needs public health initiatives, not just an overview of what those initiatives might be. Recommended for readers interested in health policy.

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..

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