This is an important book about an important topic: “Why we’re losing the war on cancer – and how to win it.”
I give the book five stars for explaining “why we’re losing the war on cancer.”
The statistics Leaf provides to back up his assertion that we’re “losing the war” are absolutely compelling. If you read nothing else, read Chapter I – “Counting” which spells out very clearly that we are not winning the war on cancer.
As I read this section it seemed to me that…Continue
Posted on September 12, 2013 at 6:48pm
My only complaint about "The Boys in the Boat" - by Daniel James Brown - is the title. These weren’t boys, they were men. They were men who had to grow up fast during the 1930s battling depression-era poverty, parental abandonment, hunger, the dust bowl, better-funded programs and, eventually, some of Hitler’s top athletes during the 1936 Olympics.
The story starts in the Seattle area and follows an unlikely eight-man University of Washington rowing team as they win their way to…
Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:30am
I’ve struggled with this book…on many fronts. I struggled with the topic, the story and the writing. At its core, the book is a “near-death-experience” (aka NDE) book that purports to convince the reader of the afterlife.
What makes the story compelling is that its told by a neurosurgeon who, until this event, was an atheist, a cold-blooded scientist who only believed in the power of science. According to his story, there is no scientific reason for him to be alive, let alone well…Continue
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:28pm
This is a journey memoir in both the literal and metaphorical meanings of the word. Cheryl Strayed, a woman with an unusually traumatic childhood filled with horrible father figures, loses her mother to an early death. Having lost her mother, she loses her way in life giving in to drugs, bad relationships and loser jobs. When she divorces her good husband, for reasons I still don’t understand, she changes her last name to “Strayed” to brand her "lost-ness" in indelible fashion.
Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:49pm