Physical: An American Checkup
Includes a New Afterword
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
When hard-living, middle-aged American writer James McManus gets a three-day executive checkup at the Mayo Clinic, he is immediately forced to confront his mortality. Will he survive his own cardiovascular system and genetic inheritance long enough to see his young daughters grow up? With great candor and...more
This was an audiobook, I feel that fact is important when reviewing because the format of print vs. audiobook can make quite the difference. The Author is a famous poker player who got his fame in the literary world with his informative poker book, "Positively Fifth Street: Murders, Cheetahs and Binion's World Series of Poker". I haven't read that book nor have I heard of James McManus before "Physical". I'm the type of gal that likes to participate not watch when s...more
McManus, journalist, novelist, and the author of the wildly popular Positively Fifth Street (2003), a compelling tale of big-stakes gambling at the 2000 World Series of Poker, follows that book with an account of his own mortality. The author's irreverent sense of humor is his strength. The highly readable story, however, suffers a fate similar to that of many magazine articles-cum-books__namely, the short piece's inability to shoulder the weight of further examination and the addition of larger...more
It's neat, in that you get to see the ins and outs of Mayo--but I encountered some mildly monotonous rants about healthcare that I'm sure Michael Moore could have spiced up a bit, if given the chance.
All in all--great cover, good start, petered out in the end.