GREAT BOOK! A GREAT Thrilling Ride!!! Intelligent writing- (much respect for the author's ability to craft TRUE FACTS and weave them into an exciting...moreGREAT BOOK! A GREAT Thrilling Ride!!! Intelligent writing- (much respect for the author's ability to craft TRUE FACTS and weave them into an exciting FICTION/MYSTERY/DRAMA.
ANYONE interested in their 'own' personal HEALTH ---(and who isn't?), or interested in Western medicine vs. Eastern Medicine-- ....alternative preventative care---acupuncturist, ... benefits of yoga and meditation (stillness), GiGong, rebalancing the elements, energy in the body, etc. ....and who enjoys reading stories based on TRUE medical FACTS and complications ---(with a fun thriller-twist)---this is the perfect book to read!
Steve Benson (a frank, fast thinking always interesting main character), spends 15 years of his life ---(and money),looking for a cure into his mysterious illness. He has debilitating pain and loss of ability to have sex ---devastating to his psyche. Trouble sleeping, chronic joint pain, etc. His coffee & chocolate junkie food habit exacerbate more stress. Western doctors suggest pills (lots of pills) --and often tell him he is having Pyschosomatic manifestations.
Not only did Steve Benson spent 15 years searching for a cure to end his pain--he wanted the doctors who missed diagnosed him to experience the pain he went through and admit they were failing their patients. He was going to TEACH the DOCTORS a life lesson!
As the reader: One cannot help but feel GOOD while Steve Benson holds two doctors hostage. (fantasy at its best). There is tenderness in this book, too, but doled out judiciously.
This is a fiction book---but the 15 year 'search-for-a-cure' was THE AUTHORS daily life.
Its sad-its funny-its moving-inspiring- AND.... You just might wonder about your own latent trigger points and the effects they might be having on YOUR nerves in YOUR body...
If you are like me--you might find yourself looking up carotid sheath and the vagus nerve in the body. ---And walk away with a better understanding of how metal, fire, water, wood, and earth are connected ---as in connected to the organs in your body.
I agree with the tip I received --- BUYING the BOOK ---(not the kiddle)--- is a real treat. Its a book I want to own!
Its a book I'll open more than once.
I'm already reading "Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion ---(one of the books talked about in "The End of Your life Book Club")
I have several other books (I own) which I also have not read 'yet' which I now want to read (sooner --rather than wait) --
"Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner (I've read other books by him which I loved --but missed this one) -- and...."Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky ---(which I forgot I have 'not' read but had planned to) ---
and finish reading other short stories in the book "Too Much Happiness" by Alice Munro which I haven't....
NOT to mention THIS book itself was a GEM: Words & thoughts that come to mind when I think of this beautiful book Will Schwalbe wrote as a tribute to his AMAZING MOTHER are:
'dignity', do the best you can in life, LIVE and allow yourelf to BE HAPPY, celebrate, pray, give, forgive, find positive solutions, family, love, art, beauty, travel, the world, pain, suffering, death, unlimited possiblities, cherish the moments, express our passion... READ....READ....READ..... BOOKS make a difference in our lives...and we make a differnce 'in life' just by reading itself!
Thank you Will for this book you wrote. You, and your entire family are an inspiration. Your mothers is a woman I would have loved to have had tea with --taked books with....
I can 'feel' her smile myself!
I only cried in 'one' sentence of this book It was when Will took his mother's hand --when he came up beside her ---when he saw her walking the street in N.Y.
Will ---You are a beautiful son and human being!(less)