This book is a life changer. The author relates the sometimes harrowing, sometimes heart-breaking experiences and outlook of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man whThis book is a life changer. The author relates the sometimes harrowing, sometimes heart-breaking experiences and outlook of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man whose humble but empowering childhood circumstances shaped his approach to life, medicine, and politics. Farmer's decades of working one-by-one among the poorest residents of Haiti and Peru -- and inside Russian prisons -- led to changes in the World Health Organization's policies regarding the treatment of resistant strains of tuberculosis. While his lifelong work has impacted countless souls across the globe, his primary purpose has always been meeting the needs of each individual patient he treats....more
I enjoyed this upbeat, way-to-go approach to women's fitness. The book is all about nurturing physical and emotional health during each "hormonal mileI enjoyed this upbeat, way-to-go approach to women's fitness. The book is all about nurturing physical and emotional health during each "hormonal milestone" women experience.
I listened to the audiobook twice, first assessing the overall components of Dr. Peeke's text. The second time I listened for practices to apply to my own life. ...more
Every person should read this raw, brutally honest portrayal of one author's personal rantings through "the stages of grief" following his wife's deatEvery person should read this raw, brutally honest portrayal of one author's personal rantings through "the stages of grief" following his wife's death. Those who have experienced the trauma of losing a spouse to death will find empowering validation for their own tempestuous emotions. Those who have not endured such a loss may, through the eloquence of Lewis's imagery, be able to better approach an approximate understanding of what it means for those who have.
A recent widower first recommended A Grief Observed in the early months after my husband's death, but I was too submerged within my own pain to consider leafing through the pages of another person's grief. Now that I have finally read this short book, I understand why he recommended it so "early" in my journey. This is not a "sad" book, though it personifies elements of sadness; it also gives bodily shape and voice to disbelief, confusion, rage, reconciliation, and readjustment.
I hesitated to include this book on my "inspirational" shelf for two reasons. Primarily, Lewis did not write this in the same frame of mind nor for the same purpose as he wrote the many works for which he is so well known to countless readers. Instead, he wrote for himself, initially not intending to ever share this intimately personal journey through his pain. Many Christian readers--those who have not yet experienced this trial--may balk as he rails against God, His purposes, and even His Existence.
The second reason I hesitated to include it on my "inspirational" shelf is that I did not want to prejudice those who avoid the genre against this particular book. Yes, there are allusions to Christianity throughout the telling, but only because it is so interwoven within Lewis's being as the author. Had it been written by an author from a different background and framework, the emotions, doubts, and process he portrayed would have been as universally applicable, I believe....more
Listening to this audio CD gave me an aerobic workout as my heart pounded from the suspense!
Terrifying tale told via a woman's conversations with herListening to this audio CD gave me an aerobic workout as my heart pounded from the suspense!
Terrifying tale told via a woman's conversations with her therapist. If I say any more I will give away key plot points, which unfold rapidly and with unexpected subsequent plot developments.
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Several characters use profanity, but not frequently. The main character is living with her fiance; there are a few "bedroom scenes" which are more suggestive than I would write but which fall short of being labeled explicit. The hunt for a serial rapist drives the story, too. ...more
Fascinating anecdotes kept me reading, but some of the references to music theory, history, and terminology left me wondering what certain passages meFascinating anecdotes kept me reading, but some of the references to music theory, history, and terminology left me wondering what certain passages meant....more
This is a page-turning whodunit about a pair of kidnapped twins, their ability to communicate even when separated, a mother's determination, and invesThis is a page-turning whodunit about a pair of kidnapped twins, their ability to communicate even when separated, a mother's determination, and investigators' efforts.
If I say anything more it will spoil it! Great read for mystery lovers!...more
Funny, heart-wrenching, and horrifying images interweave to present this story through the eyes and voices of five individuals: Emma, a divorced motheFunny, heart-wrenching, and horrifying images interweave to present this story through the eyes and voices of five individuals: Emma, a divorced mother raising teenage sons alone; Jacob, her eighteen year old with Asperger's syndrome, fascinated by crime scene investigation and forensics; Theo, Emma's fifteen year old, struggling against the isolation and frustration his brother's condition imposes on his life; Rich, local police detective motivated by his desire to make the world safer for his own little girl; Oliver, just out of law school and eager to appear more competent than he feels. The characters' feelings and perspectives color their interactions and choices in a way that lets the reader relate to them. Piece by piece, Picoult builds a satisfying mystery, while also illustrating some of the realities of life with an autistic child, highlighting the joys as well as underlining the pitfalls.
I recommend this to anyone wishing to gain better empathy and understanding of people living with Asperger's syndrome, as well as anyone interested in forensic science. I have not previously read any of Jodi Picoult's works, but she told this story so compellingly that I plan to read more of her writing. However, I wish to include my own personal DISCLAIMER: some of the forensic discussions could be interpreted as gruesome, and there is one "ahem" scene I wish the author had omitted....more
A reporter uncovers the source of frightening disappearances in a summer resort town. Several young women in this story face serious challenges in theA reporter uncovers the source of frightening disappearances in a summer resort town. Several young women in this story face serious challenges in the form of eating disorders and cutting. I believe the author intended to educate and raise awareness about these issues, but I found the portrayals disturbing.
As much as I have enjoyed other books by this author, I do NOT recommend this one. ...more
I decided to review this book as I go through it so my impressions are fresh. Why? Because as I began I found myself over-analyzing my own response toI decided to review this book as I go through it so my impressions are fresh. Why? Because as I began I found myself over-analyzing my own response to the writing. So be warned, this will be the longest Goodreads review I have ever done by the time I am through with it.
The author began by introducing herself and all her credentials. It crossed over the line from autobiography to bragging, making me question why she needed to spend so many pages telling me of her brilliance. Makes me a bit skeptical...
[Later:] The 2nd and 3rd chapters have "hooked" me as the author relates the story of how (& why) she went about seeking to find proof of the opiate receptor (a cellular molecule with which certain drugs interact, leading to pain relief and altered consciousness). Her struggles to overcome the "good old boy" mentality and the competitive atmosphere in the scientific community of the 1970's has had me riveted. I am still struggling with some of the technical/scientific jargon, though she does try to explain it in lay terms.
[Chapters 4 and 5:] Still not seeing what I thought the book would be about, I am getting either mad or suspicious. Either the author is making up a lot of bitter accusations or she really got shafted by her 1970's/80's "alpha male" scientific colleagues. I must go read more!
[now in chapter 8:] Hmm. I never really thought before about how the body communicates on a cellular level, nor about how our emotions filter our sensory and memory processing.
[much, MUCH later!:] Having FINALLY finished the book I can now say I found it enlightening, but with reservations. I usually do not take so long to finish a nonfiction work of this length! Sometimes the writing was compelling enough to keep me immersed in the pages, such as the fast-paced accounts of espionage-like laboratory drama. However, most portions were too easy for me to set aside. The text shifts abruptly between present and past tenses while jumping back and forth from scientific minutiae to lecture hall monologue to panel discussion dialogues. Other portions come across as a memoir-oriented autobiography of the author's achievements and struggles within the highly politicized scientific community.
While I agree with the author's premise that the body and mind are more inseparable in function than most of mainstream medicine acknowledges, I found some of her ideas a little too far "out there" for my taste.
Two quotations from the book stood out to me:
(from page 222) "...absence of proof is not proof of absence."
(from page 306, wherein the author quotes the words of Dr. Brian Luke Seaward) "The body becomes the battlefield for the war games of the mind. All the unresolved thoughts and emotions, the negativity we hold on to, shows up in the body and makes us sick."...more
I didn't actually finish this book, but I have renewed it so many times I finally HAD to return it to the library. When I turned it in today I was onI didn't actually finish this book, but I have renewed it so many times I finally HAD to return it to the library. When I turned it in today I was on page 95, which appeared to be less than one-third of the book.
Fascinating insight into the early, experimental treatments for mental illness. In some cases, patients were considered "incurable" anyway, so why not try anything that might possibly help?
I DO plan to check it out again and finish it one day!...more