"Normal at Any Cost" won The National Association of Science Writers 2010 Science in Society Award. One of the judges praised the book this way: "excellent and in-depth reportage, interestingly and breezily written, on an important (and to me, overlooked) medical/scientific issue. It has pretty much everything I look for: attention to the scientific process, human interest, a strong and consistent narrative." The book, co-authored with Christine Cosgrove, was published by Tarcher/Penguin in March, 2009, and partially funded with a book award from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
"Normal at Any Cost" was also an Editor's Pick in November, 2009, in Choice Reviews and a Women's Bioethics Bookclub selection. It is a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009, and was among Library Journal's Best Picks of 2009 in consumer health books. The New York Times called it "irresistible."