New York Post journalist, Susanna Cahalan brutally recounts her slow and mysterious descent into madness in Brain on Fire. What began as disorganization grew into paranoia, hallucinations and delusion all accompanied by a bizarre collection of physical symptoms. With her own memory obliterated by her illness, Cahalan uses her keen skills as a journalist to piece together her own medical drama of misdiagnosis and the detection of a rare brain autoimmune disorder. She grips the reader with a compelling story all while imparting fascinating medical details. Cahalan’s story is a potent reminder of the fragility of identity and the value of observant and caring family and friends.
Wow! This story hooked me quickly. To scientists Henrietta Lacks is known as HeLa. Her cancerous cells were taken from her body without her consent or knowledge. Those cells became increasingly important in science research. They were used among other researchers to develop the polio vaccine, test the effects of steroids, hormones, vitamins, etc. Henrietta's family did not find out until over 25 years later. One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. Not to be missed!!
As a young boy, Jacob hears fantastical stories from his grandfather. When older (16), he sees his grandfather killed by a monster only he can see. Nightmares and fears lead him to a doctor who advises Jacob to visit the remote island his grandfather grew up on, and the orphanage he was sent to. Time travel, haunting photos, a rich fantasy and a host of peculiars engage us in this intriguing and adventurous story.
They kept it a secret in the small remote coastal town in which they lived. Neither boy nor girl. Only three people knew. The parents, well-meaning, brought him up as a boy named Wayne, who struggled with the two genders within him. Not written with sensationalism, this debut novel is a beautiful and compelling story of societal labels, identity and our own place in the world. Highly recommended.
Quite fascinating! Delve into the mind of psychotic killer in the midst of Nazi occupied Paris. Was the respected Dr. Petiot, who provided free medical care for the poor, a member of the French resistance or allied with the Gestapo? Police enter a mansion and find the horror of dismembered bodies putrefying. The mansion belonged to Dr. Petiot...Very absorbing in history and crime.
M. Wylie Blanchet was a woman ahead of her time! Widowed in 1927 with five children, she, her children and their dog cruised the unforgiving wasted waters of British Columbia in a twenty-five foot boat! Following the log books of Captain Vancouver, Blanchet sets out each summer into the wilds of the Northwest. Rich with experience, the family then turned their adventures into education by reading about all that they discovered.
It’s a rainy day in Seattle--perfect weather for a day at the museum, or to snuggle down with a good book. With Animalium you won’t have to choose. Immerse yourself in these captivating, fine-lined pen and ink drawings, while learning about the environments, behaviors and physical details of over 160 species. This beautifully rendered book reminds us of times gone by, like a secret find from your grandmother’s attic. Indulge yourself or bring along a little one for some artful learning about our furry, finned, and feathered friends. I'm delighted to know this is the first in a series!
YOU deserve to treat yourself today!! Made with easy to find ingredients around the house and in local stores, you can make natural non-abrasive treatments for a radiant glow others will admire and you will feel all over!!
Vice or Sin? Take a vouyeristic trip with Peter Sagal, NPR's host of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, into the wanton realm of swinger clubs, strip joints, casinos, porn sets and more. With keen observations from a "vanilla" viewpoint, Sagal's great wit and humor has quite the amazing look into people's lives who indulge in their own vice or sin! The footnotes are just as fun and savory.
She was 7 years old. She witnessed the brutal slaughter of her 2 sisters and mother. She accused her brother who now sits in prison and she has no contact. 25 years later Libby suffers deeply. Not until the "kill club" creeps find her does she begin to question her brother's guilt. The author flashes back between the day of the crime to the present. The truth—you won't see it coming!
Before I read this book I went back to read her first. Her debut novel Sharp Objects was intense! This, her third, is captivating!! Flynn lures you in before you are ready. Nick and Amy are celebrating five years of blissful marriage. Really? Amy goes missing that very morning. A story so well developed and characters recognizable—these psychopaths will remain in your thoughts long after.
Set in 1930s Washington, Holbert crafts a fine piece of storytelling. Lawman Russell Strawl, beset with his own demons, crosses the land in search of one who is leaving Indians brutally murdered. Part western, part detective story—Holbert's description of the land is exquisite. This debut novel is dark, compelling, and definitely a well-deserved read.
Fiction and reality are almost inseparable in this award-winning novella. The author is also narrator and tells a tale of high-ended emotions, of family secrets, loss and grief, haunted pasts as he comes of age to learn of all. A beautifully translated story—highly recommended.
You may not know the name, or even recognize his face, though Stephen Tobolowsky has had a terrific acting career. I was pleased to find he's also a fabulous storyteller! Lively and visual, funny and profound, Tobolowsky spins tales of growing up to surviving in Hollywood. Having listened to the Tobolowsky Files on NPR, I loved reading his book knowing his story voice. Enjoy!
If you are a list maker or know a list maker, you must read this book and delight in the beauty of it. Check out the lists of some well known artists like Picasso, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Andrew Wyeth, and others. Who knew we were in such great company? The beauty of handwritten lists--shopping lists, to-do lists, supply lists, places to see, books to read--shaping our lives and experiences. Scribbled, typed, illustrated, with stickers and stamps, a delightful journey through an utterly human obsession.
I only read the New Yorker for the cartoons—but these! Good ones I missed. LOL with a gasp or two.
I love books like this! Tidbits of such fascinating information on everyday items we use. Read how artificial sweetener came to be. Who invented parking meters and why. More on the bobby pin, Velcro, white out, post-it notes, the artificial heart, wireless TV remote and many others. Something new each time you open up the book for great trivia!
Excellent! Michael Pollan has done our homework! Short, simple, uncomplicated and to the point, Pollan has great thoughts on how to have a healthy diet. "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." You'll need to read to understand, and when you do, you'll get it!! Get thee to a farmers market and eat a great meal.
Stephen Elliott’s part-true crime story, part memoir is one wild ride through his thunderous history with his abusive father, adolescent group homes, drug addiction and a developing dependency on his cure for writer’s block—Adderall. Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his Russian mail order bride, becomes known to Elliott through Sean Sturgeon who he crossed paths with in San Francisco's underground S&M scene. Sturgeon's tale of his love for his best friend's (Reiser's) wife and her eventual murder was just the type of tale to break Elliott's writer's block. But as Reiser's murder trial plays out Sturgeon himself confesses to killing 8 people refusing to reveal their names. Elliott writes at a relentless pace about depression, anger and his urges to be hurt and humiliated. Join Elliott as he pulls back the layers of an unbelievable story told with piercing candor.
Scientist, ecologist, and writer, Rachel Carson wrote about the long-term effects of using pesticides. She called for a change in the way we viewed our world. "Imagine a spring with no birds..." An avid environmentalist pursuing what she believed in—DDT was ultimately banned as a result of her work. A must read for all who love nature at her finest.
New York Times Science writer George Johnson delves back into a time when research was hands-on, and man quenched his thirst for answers to his questions with homemade experiments. A fascinating look into the mind of these scientists. Read about Galileo, Pavlov, Galvani, Newton and others.
There are an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented workers in the US—mere numbers until you read their stories. They often come alone leaving families, traveling for months and spending thousands to get here. Their first person narratives speak of abuse and gross human right violations. They have been lied to, stolen from, physically and sexually abused and threatened... all for a better life. Read their stories and see if you don't open your eyes further to the plight of these people.
Fifty years later their son returns… Harold and Lucille have missed their son who died tragically when he was eight. Now he stands before them -- still eight -- and healthy. Who is this young boy before them? More are returning to town -- who are they? How will the townsfolk react? Very good!!
Uh-oh and oh-no! Make a mistake and it’s okay! Children’s book author Todd Parr brings a simple lesson to life in this vibrantly illustrated and thoughtfully written book. Both children and adults can learn the value of blunders, slip-ups, and bloopers from these cheerful drawings. As the author says, “That’s how we learn.” And you won’t be making a mistake by adding this charming book to your child’s library!
The art of storytelling is perhaps the only real gift Brando Skyhorse received from his mother. In Take This Man, Skyhorse skillfully weaves a heartbreaking tale of a gritty upbringing by a verbally abusive mother. Ashamed of her own Mexican heritage and desperately lonely, Skyhorse’s mother invents a life of lies and men, marriages and sex work. The twisted tales leave Skyhorse questioning his reality and searching for his father and ultimately for himself. He brings his award-winning writing style to bear the raw telling of his own stranger-than-fiction childhood.