What We Are Reading: Nonfiction
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How often have you found yourself thinking someone you thought you knew very well was acting out of character? Is one's personality fixed or can we make changes to our personality to fit the situations we find ourselves in? If we can make changes, is there a cost to our health in doing so? Are we more susceptible to being persuaded by our peers or are we less open to suggestions? Is there a difference between eccentricity and creativity?
The study of personality science is an interesting one, and the author delivers his research in addition to some great personal and anecdotal stories. Perhaps the understanding of what makes us and those close to us tick and why we behave the way we do will enable us to communicate better with them, lower stress and increase our sense of well-being.
I think I'll start reading A Spy Among Friends : Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre this evening.
I just started listening to Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
by Madeleine Albright (I'm blessed with a job where I can often listen while I work) and reading Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham. Initial thoughts just a handful of pages in: Prague Winter is going to be dense reading, but I think I will enjoy it, good choice to go audiobook; Anne Perry is already enthralling.
Now I am reading The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way.
Reading Patrick Leigh Fermor's final account of his trip across Europe as a young man, The Broken Road and starting Vanishing for the Vote which I bought a couple of months ago from the lovely News from Nowhere bookshop and have yet to read (hangs head). Newly released census records from 1911 show how women used the census to protest against their lack of voting rights.
How Patients Should Think. I don't like the title, but the book is filled with good information. Not the most well written book I've read, and a tad repetitive. However, it is filled really, really important information given in a non-inflammatory, non-sensationalized, non-demonizing way. Warning, some sections made me really angry and I had to put the book down for a bit.
Medication review. Anyone being treated with medicine for multiple conditions by multiple medical professionals should undergo one. All supplements should be included. It is appalling how many health problems are caused by side effects of medicines or interactions between medicines (including supplements and herbals).
Decision aids. Look for unbiased decision aids whenever you are faced with decisions about treating (or not) any medical condition.
Who profits? Does the medical group where you receive care own the testing equipment at the center you are being referred to? Perhaps the medical group manager encourages referral to that center because it affects profits.
Perhaps the medical rep for a particular drug is a really nice fellow and provides educational and dining opportunities to medical practitioners and is available when there are questions. Does a competing drug get a look in when it comes to writing a prescription?
Is the patient group or medical foundation you are trusting to provide you with information about your condition receiving money from a drug or testing equipment manufacturer?
What are the side effects for this medication, treatment or surgery? Are there controlled studies showing the benefit of what is being recommended? What is the likely outcome if nothing at all is done? Have you given your health care provider detailed information about your current health, recent health, health care history. Have you explained what negative outcomes are acceptable and what are not?
My favorite question to ask which is not mentioned in the book is "What would you do if you were in my shoes?". The answer is usually very different from what is being offered.
Tests are not harmless. Consider very carefully the risks/benefits for any test that is offered.
Places like the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews do meta-analysis of quality studies of medical care seeking to improve the evidence base of health care.
Media reporting is a problem. For assessments of media reporting of health news:
Media Doctor Australia
Media Doctor Canada
Hitting the Headlines (UK)
Health News Review (US)
There are many books out there reporting on these issues, I encourage folks to read this one or any other that sounds interesting.
I understand the anger; I managed my late husband's care for several years--he had multiple problems--and it sometimes was a complete nightmare just trying to untangle the sometimes contradictory advice. Unfortunately I'm not so diligent about my self, but your review encourages me to get to work on that, and to read the book.
I've also just completed The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets, Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer and I highly recommend this book if you're interested in the history behind this genre. The illustrations alone are extremely beautiful and the book provides an overview into the beginnings of Steampunk literature and how it's grown into a pop culture through fashion, music, art and film.
But the one I've just started, Gandhi My Autobiography is going to give it a run for its money.
Both of these are hidden gold, lurking in the depths of Planet TBR.
I also started The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and am reading several sutras daily. My goal is to complete this by years end.
I picked up from the library a short work entitled Informal Logical Fallacies by Jacob Van Vleet.
I'm currently reading:
A Guide to Navajo Sandpaintings - Mark Bahti - short, but very interesting!
The Mockingbird Next Door - Marja Mills - This was for my RL book club last month. I hate to disagree with Linda, but I'm not finding it hugely interesting so far. Book club members said it got more interesting in the second half of the book, so I'm continuing.
Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein - a very sobering and uncomfortable read
I've just finished listening to Voices in the Ocean on audio. It is subtitled "A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins", but I think that's misleading. It is more a journey into the harrowing and horrifying world of dolphin exploitation and abuse. It was extremely difficult to listen to, but the writing is very fine, and the reading performance by Cassandra Campbell was outstanding. Thankfully, Casey concluded her book with visits to ancient Minoan sites on the Isle of Crete, where back in the Bronze Age they apparently appreciated and lived in harmony with nature and its other creatures, particularly those dwelling in the sea around them.This is important stuff, and if you can stand it, I recommend it.
More of my thoughts on it here
The Real Life book club is choosing next year's books this month. One of the nominated books is Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.
I am reading Steve Silberman's Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity and got stuck in "sad and angry" in the early going, reading of Nazi eugenics; and then of how Kanner's ego and Bettelheim's fraud set back autism research for a quarter century or more. I'm moving into a section now that looks more upbeat.
My current non-fiction read is Motherless Daughters. Helpful, but the read definitely brings on tears. My mother has been dead for over 25 years, but somehow I am missing her a lot right now. I should add that this is not a book meant for someone still raw from her loss and so far, tends to focus of those of us who were in childhood, teens or early adulthood when the loss happened. I do think it would be helpful for any woman, regardless of current age, years since loss or age when her mother died and also for those who care about a woman whose mother has died.