I married a man from New Orleans and he frequently (jokingly) calls me his "Yankee Wife." There is a huge cultural difference between Boston and New OI married a man from New Orleans and he frequently (jokingly) calls me his "Yankee Wife." There is a huge cultural difference between Boston and New Orleans, and that difference both baffles and fascinates me. I love learning about the history of both cities in an effort to see how they evolved.
Gary Krist has written a very interesting account of New Orleans of the 1890s-1920s. He delves into the vice industry, political corruption, race dynamics between white/black/creole/italian, and the beginnings and rise of jazz music. My only problem was that because he went chronologically and switched back and forth between the different topics, the book felt a bit fragmented - there wasn't always a strong cohesive flow from chapter to chapter.
This is a time period I know very little about overall, and knew nothing about New Orleans during this time. My husband admitted he isn't familiar with the history of the city at that time and even though is skeptical of a book that a non-local has written, he has started to read this "carpetbagger book." I think he will be pleasantly surprised and I look forward to discussing it with him.
oops...forgot to add that I won this in a First Reads Giveaway. That in no way influenced my opinion - If I had not won it I would have gone out and bought it and would not have regretted the purchase.
The photographs in this book are amazing. There is a surreal quality to them that is fascinating. The accompanying text is informative and interestingThe photographs in this book are amazing. There is a surreal quality to them that is fascinating. The accompanying text is informative and interesting as well. My knowledge of insect anatomy is pretty basic, and I found this to be a thorough overview (is that an oxymoron?) of the subject matter. It went into enough depth that I learned a few things, but was simple enough that it let the photos take the forefront....more
I am fascinated by the way other people think. Based on people's actions and reactions, it is clear that everyone's thoughts and perceptions are diffeI am fascinated by the way other people think. Based on people's actions and reactions, it is clear that everyone's thoughts and perceptions are different. There are many times that I wonder "What the hell is going on in your brain?!"
I really felt like I got to understand what goes on in John Robison's brain. It's not just in the parts of the book where he specifically talks about his Asperger traits. It's in the structure of his sentences, how he organized the chapters, and in the things he chooses to tell us about his life - the details he felt were important.
I particularly loved the chapter where he talks about when his son was born. I found it completely endearing. Very loving in a quirky, logical way.
It's books like this that I fear are simply preaching to the choir, being read only by those who already "get it" and who identify with the subject.
IIt's books like this that I fear are simply preaching to the choir, being read only by those who already "get it" and who identify with the subject.
Introverts should read this book because in our society it is easy for us to lose sight of the benefits of our temperament. I also feel strongly that extroverts should read this, especially if they are school teachers or in management. Parents, too...it's vital to understand how our children's brains work - having both an extrovert and an introvert myself, I've noticed the different ways I have to interact with them to make them feel loved and understood.
I am an introvert and when I was younger I was shy on top of it, which led to many people telling me to "pretend to be outgoing" because it would make me more popular and happier. The result wasn't that I was more popular, and definitely not happier - I just felt like it meant something was wrong with me.
There is nothing wrong with me. I'm glad that I outgrew my shyness, but I did not need to become more outgoing to be happy.
There is so much research in this book that flies in the face of our cultural belief that groupwork is always the best way and that being outgoing and loud and talkative is what we should strive to become. Some of the most innovative ideas have come from solitary work.
Emotions are a fundamental piece of who we are as human beings. I don't know why we expect anything different from our physicians. Dr. Ofri has presenEmotions are a fundamental piece of who we are as human beings. I don't know why we expect anything different from our physicians. Dr. Ofri has presented a compelling collection of experiences that shows just how fear, anger, shame, disillusionment, love, and sadness all come together within a doctor and how that affects the care that they are able to give their patients.
This is definitely a worthwhile read, though I do have a small nitpick - every so often it seemed like she made a particular effort to find the most obscure word for her meaning in a given sentence. I also wonder how accessible this would have been if I had no previous exposure to medical terminology.
I will be looking for some of her other books, as well as some of the studies she cited in this book.
disclosure: I did receive this book for free in a goodreads giveaway, though my rating and review are my honest opinion....more
How would you react if you woke up in the middle of a train station with absolutely no idea where you are or even who you are?
That is the situation DaHow would you react if you woke up in the middle of a train station with absolutely no idea where you are or even who you are?
That is the situation David Stuart MacLean finds himself in. Terrifying.
I found his story fascinating, how he related to people he was supposed to know and love based upon snippets of memory and things he was told, how he coped (or didn't) with his fear of the psychosis and memory loss, and the resulting anxiety and feelings of incompetency. Yes, there were lots of descriptions of him drinking and smoking and being cruel to his family and friends (which make it difficult to like him or truly feel sorry for him), but I can't say that I wouldn't escape into a bottle or lash out at people around me if I were in his place.
I was disappointed with the actual writing. At first the short, choppy chapters lent themselves to the feeling of disorientation and the interrupted lucidity, but I would have liked it to get smoother as the book went on. My rating is probably 3.5 stars...can't quite bring myself to rate it 4 stars, but the 3 I gave it isn't 100% indicative of my feelings either.
Looking forward to a great discussion with friends at our new book club this weekend. There are a lot of different topics we can talk about...Identity, Memory, FDA, Larium, coping mechanisms, being a support person... ...more
I don't know how I went so long without realizing Oliver Sacks has written several books.
I enjoyed this collection of case studies pertaining to visioI don't know how I went so long without realizing Oliver Sacks has written several books.
I enjoyed this collection of case studies pertaining to vision and visual perception. At first I liked that he spent more time discussing each case, but as the book went on it started to drag, and feel repetitive.
I will always be fascinated by what can go wrong in the brain. I am equally amazed at resilient the brain is and how it changes to cope with deficiencies. Sacks has a way of adding the human, personal elements to the case studies so you are reading about a real person in a real life context, not just a case file....more
I just reread this book nearly 15 after I read it first. I remember really liking it then, and since I needed a quick read that didn't require too mucI just reread this book nearly 15 after I read it first. I remember really liking it then, and since I needed a quick read that didn't require too much thought, I picked this up.
It's definitely dated. The cases are still fascinating, but all I could think about while reading was "how much more research on these types of conditions has been done since then? How are they handled now on a patient level?"
as a tangent, one of the footnotes stopped me in my tracks (this footnote was comparing the recognition of Tourette's to that of muscular dystrophy - muscular dystrophy was only described and recognized in the 1950s. "By 1860...many hundreds of cases had been recognized and described, so much so that Charcot said: 'How come that a disease so common, so widespread, and so recognizable at a glance - a disease which has doubtless always existed - how come that it is only recognized now?'"
It made me think of the increase in children on the autism spectrum and food allergies/intolerances. Is it truly a case that the prevalence has exploded in recent years, or is there some significant function of the act of describing and recognizing the condition that makes the less severe cases more easily noticed and diagnosed.
Anyway...I'm happy to see that Oliver Sacks wrote another, similar book more recently (The Mind's Eye) and it will be interesting to compare the two works....more
My husband and I are planning on doing this Whole30 challenge starting Jan 10th (after the company holiday party :)
He's doing it to lose weight (thereMy husband and I are planning on doing this Whole30 challenge starting Jan 10th (after the company holiday party :)
He's doing it to lose weight (there's a quite large payout in his office "biggest loser" contest.) I don't need to lose any weight, but am looking forward to seeing if cutting out alcohol, sugar, grains, and dairy help with my insomnia and allergy symptoms.
The book is an easy read and seems to have a great meal planning/recipe section in the back.
While this is pretty much a "paleo" diet (not low-carb!), I like that their reasons for the program are not "cavemen didn't eat this"...it's much more physiology based, and I am planning on reading up on some studies regarding insulin response and chronic inflammation (it's been a while since I've taken a physiology or nutrition course)
I think that the appeal of this book is pretty limited to fans of "Duck Dynasty"
My family started watching this show last summer and have loved it. SI think that the appeal of this book is pretty limited to fans of "Duck Dynasty"
My family started watching this show last summer and have loved it. Some of my husband's family is from the part of Louisiana the Robertsons live, and it's been fun for me to see the similarities.
You need to go into this book knowing that Phil is a very strong Christian and the references to his belief in God and the bible are pretty constant. Not a big deal for me, but if you can't look past this, then this is not the book for you. Particularly with chapters 13 and 14...you can pretty much skip them. I think Phil needed to write them, you don't necessarily have to read them to get a better understanding of his life and who he is (I think he got his point across very clearly throughout the rest of the book).
I enjoyed this autobiography, it is a short book and gives a bit of backstory to what we've seen on tv. Phil seems to be a very interesting man, and his account of his life sheds light on his intelligence, and perseverance.
picked this up at the library after a conversation with the guy that did my last tattoo...just opened it and realized that I think I had the children'picked this up at the library after a conversation with the guy that did my last tattoo...just opened it and realized that I think I had the children's version of this book when I was a kid.
trying to kickstart my creativity after a long hiatus - we'll see what the exercises in this book do.......more
I'm going through a phase of art history research to inspire my own artistic endeavors. I won't remember most of what I read (and since I didn't readI'm going through a phase of art history research to inspire my own artistic endeavors. I won't remember most of what I read (and since I didn't read this for an art history course, I don't need to). But I'm left with a much better understanding of Art Nouveau. I was surprised at how little I knew about this art style.