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Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

oh my.  the writing.  the reporting.  the investigating and researching.  the patience, the love, the forbearance. You GO, Rebeca Skloot.

The Apprentices

Sequel to The Apothecary.  Just as good!  Loved!  Looking for 10 year old reader to foist upon!

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Another memoir of a child’s life in a North Korean gulag.  The difference between this author, Kang Chol-Hwan, and the author of Escape From Camp 14, Kim Dong-Shuk, is that Kang was born into a faithful Party family that voluntarily moved to North Korea and was sent to the camps with his family when he […]

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives

I found this book tiring the way I would find a movie about 24 hours tiring.  Theresa Brown certainly does illustrate the never-ceasing onslaught of responsibilities a hospital nurse manages every day.  I will remember this book if I am ever hospitalized.  With fear.

Nothing To Envy

This is an excellent book and don’t take my word for it.  Journalist Barbara Demick was a National Book Award finalist for it.  She reconstructs the lives of six North Koreans who she met after they escaped to South Korea.  Between the Korean War and 1992, only 923 managed to do that.  923!!!!!  In the […]

Me Before You

Louisa Clark takes a job caring for Will, a quadriplegic, bossy, crabby, and ready to end his life.  Yes, she falls in love with him.  Yes, he falls in love with her.  And YES, he chooses to die in the end.  Ugh.  Why did I read this?  I can’t say what I would do in […]