Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert
Drop Dead Healthy By A.J. Jacobs is my number one pick this week. He chronicles his quest to achieve maximum health by personally trying all the toted popular advice for getting in shape physically, mentally, and nutritionally. Not quite finished reading it, but loving his dry sense of humor, and enjoying his blunt honest feedback on flavonoids, exercise, and the art of chewing food.
The New Writer’s Handbook 2007 By Philip Martin (editor) features the best advice on the craft of writing. Contributors include some of my favorite authors – Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, Linda Sue Park, and others who have experience, insight and are able to sift through the hooey out there and give us their jewels and writer’s wisdom. I am so getting Volume 2.
Developing the Leaders Around You: How to Help Others Reacher Their Full Potential By John Maxwell will teach you how to help those in your sphere of influence to be better leaders. I read anything by John Maxwell.
The Honest Truth about Dishonesty By Dan Ariely takes a look at why all sorts of people cheat and steal. I picked this one up on a whim, thinking it would give me insight as to why my 12-year-old is lying to my husband and me. Not sure I like this book yet, instead of offering me insight into my son’s problem, it’s making me feel a little uncomfortable with some aspects of my own behavior. Plus, it has too many studies and experiments – I know I should find that stuff interesting, but I’m happy to let researchers do their thing and just give me the concluding evidence.
Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them By Joe Graedon validates what I already knew. What I didn’t realize was how many mistakes get buried. The author experienced a tragic screwup with his own mother, but instead of pursuing a million dollar lawsuit he used his powerful situation to make impacting changes in a major health institution.
The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath is a classic that I’ve always wanted to read. I’m 50% done and doubt I’ll finish it. Terrific writing, compelling. I was really most interested in learning more about Plath, and understand what led her to commit suicide at such a young age. I work with clinically depressed patients with varying stages of illness, anything that might help me better understand the illness in order to help them is worth my attention.