what are you reading for pleasure?
Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:06 PM
So, going to start a fresh thread and ask: what are you currently reading for pleasure?
I have a few books going(descriptions from amazon for conciseness :wink:)
What is a dog for? by John Homans
Homans explores the dog’s complex and prominent place in our world and how it came to be. Evolving from wild animals to working animals to nearly human members of our social fabric, dogs are now the subject of serious scientific studies concerning pet ownership, evolutionary theory, and even cognitive science. From new insights into what makes dogs so appealing to humans to the health benefits associated with owning a dog, Homans investigates why the human-canine relationship has evolved so rapidly—how dogs moved into our families, our homes, and sometimes even our beds in the span of a generation, becoming a $53 billion industry in the United States in the process.
As dogs take their place as coddled family members and their numbers balloon to more than seventy-seven million in the United States alone, it’s no surprise that canine culture at large is also undergoing a massive transformation. They are now subject to many of the same questions of rights and ethics as people, and the politics of dogs are more tumultuous and public than ever— with fierce moral battles raging over kill shelters, puppy mills, and breed standards. Incorporating interviews and research from scientists, activists, breeders, and trainers, What’s a Dog For? investigates how dogs have reached this exalted status and why they hold such fascination for us. With one paw in the animal world and one paw in the human world, it turns out they have much to teach us about love, death, and morality—and ultimately, in their closeness and difference, about what it means to be human.
God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet
at Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves-"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years.
Laguna Honda, lower tech but human paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea, of the body as a garden to be tended. God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility," revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.
Drive by Daniel Pink
In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.
Meanwhile, I keep dancing
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:26 AM
- No Easy Day- first hand account by team leader of the Obama raid. With some comments of he politicalization of delta and special forces .. ( author's last tour before 'the raid', his team was required to take embedded regular army solders and an observer to was sure no abuse of al Qaeda members.. Were required to surround the homes of the
Suspects, and, police like, bullhorn " come out with your hands up", capture the suspect, given them and captured weapons to the afghans.. Who would ask one question "were you abused?", then release the suspect...) But.. As to the details of The raid, is the definitive source.
-The Letters of John Lenon compilation of private letters and notations by john Lennon,
-Matterhorn- first person recount of a platoon leader of bravo company, 5th batt, 24th reg, 5th MarDiv, of his Vietnam tour inbetween Khe Sahn, Laos and the DMZ. Anyone wants to know what a grunt of my generation felt, here is the read.
-Killing Kennedy dispite the polarizing author, actually a pretty informative read.. The personal statements and memories of persons present in the Parkland memorial ED that day are riveting... ( a la Jackie adamantly refusing to leave the trauma bay, and being a palpable, stonily silent force staring at the surgeons, and the fight between the secret service wanting to take the body before the coronor and the dallas officials had "released" it...)
Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:55 AM
I'm also re-reading Orlando (Virginia Woolf) for the um-teenth time, but somehow I doubt that's a crowd pleaser.
Next up for me, either The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Michael Chabon) or Nobody's Fool (Richard Russo).
Posted 03 April 2015 - 11:17 PM
Reading Spillover by David Quammen right now. great read. about animal infections, both bacterial and viral spilling over into human populations.
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Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:33 AM
11/22/63 by Stephen King. Time Travel story about trying to stop the Kennedy assassination. good read.
Stephen King is really good for taking your mind off things.
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:15 AM
An Applicant's Guide to Physician Assistant School and Practice - Erin Sherer
Old Man on Campus - Barry Brownstein
Paradise Lost - John Milton
The Social Animal - David Brooks
I'm glad I read more than one book at a time now. Keeps me faithful and interested in all of the books.
Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:40 AM
Rogue Heros, SAS in WWII from it's founding to post WWII activities in Europe.
The Deserters ,Stories of Allied Soldiers who deserted in Europe during WWII.
The Big Break, American & Canadian officers escape from POW Camp in Poland.
Other Losses, the maltreatment of German military personnel at the end of WWII by Allied forces.
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Posted 10 February 2017 - 03:44 PM
"King Arthur - The Man and The Legend Revealed" by Mike Ashley.
I'll be starting "Operation Thunderbolt" by Saul David when I've found out who King Arthur is...a new in depth look at the 1976 Entebbe rescue by the Israeli Special Forces.
Posted 11 February 2017 - 02:16 PM
I'm about halfway done with 'the house of God'. It's literally making me laugh out loud
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Read the sequel as well. The characters are real life medical students (Jo is a collaboration of several students) that were in Shem's medical school class (pen name) at Harvard. The reason that I know this is that one of his classmates has been a local GI specialist that I haven't seen in ages. I had mentioned the book in passing and he shared the information.
I'm all into the Michael Connelly books and Harry Bosch. He's so type A that I can relate, unfortunately. Good for law enforcement. Not so great for healthcare providers when you expect clientele to have/use common sense.
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