“Lively memoir (filled with) frank discussion about the sexual and other physical effects of prostate cancer and of its treatment . . . a man contemplating life, death, biology, psychology, responsibility, the universe.” Washington Post

“A frank and unsentimental memoir that takes us to the very brink of longing, loss, and the most human of desires. Deeply compelling as a personal journey with cancer, A Salamander’s Tale is also a rare firsthand and deeply embodied look at the fascinating history of post-atomic and post–Cold War medical science, with all its quanta, protons, and radioactive isotopes.” Tilar J. Mazzeo, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Hotel on Place Vendôme

“This is the best book on the prostate I’ve ever been excited to read.” Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan, Little Failure, and Super Sad True Love Story

“Diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer at 35, and facing surgical castration at 42, Steinberg—a physician and psychiatrist—had to turn over his physical health to the medical establishment, then start searching for a higher meaning in life. Still very much alive three decades later, his memoir celebrates life in a way that is at once raw, funny, profane, and uplifting.” Sam Hughes, The Pennsylvania Gazette