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The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World

Read June 2019 Recommended for everyone, particularly young people, Floridians, coasties and Trumpsters ★   ★   ★   ★    For too long the national climate debate has centered on “is it real?” and “is it man-made?” How this occurred … Continue reading

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How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

Read March 2019 Recommended for health care providers, patients ★     ★    ★    ★   I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything that came so close to summing up my years in health care. That said, there’s one … Continue reading

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I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Read December 2018 Recommended for people who like biology ★     ★    ★    ★    ★    For my entire hospital career I have worked in oncology, where I have been part of teams taking care of people with … Continue reading

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Bellevue by David Oshinsky

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of medicine, hospitals, history ★    ★    ★    ★   This book was 100% written by a historian, not a biographist, so temper expectations accordingly. Bellevue is a famous–some might say infamous–hospital in New York City, … Continue reading

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Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, M.D.

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who want to understand more about health and race ★    ★    ★    1/2   If there is one thing that can pull me out of my traditional genres, it’s a meditation on modern medicine. … Continue reading

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Read April 2017 Recommended for Americans ★    ★    ★   ★    ★   It is no surprise that “Evicted” was the University Wisconsin-Madison’s Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and … Continue reading

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Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. Read it and weep.

Read June 2014 Recommended for people who eat ★    ★    ★    ★     1/2 “We rarely get in the situation where our body and brain are depleted of nutrients and are actually in need of replenishment. Rather, he … Continue reading

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Eats Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. Don’t forget ‘laughs.’

Read April 2014 Recommended for fans of writing, communicating ★   ★   ★   ★ I confess:  I frequently find myself self-conscious about my use of punctuation. A few years back, I even bought a copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of … Continue reading

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Gulp. by Mary Roach. Adventurous, in a bumper-car kind of way.

Read April 2014 Recommended for fans of digesting and laughing ★   ★   ★   for humor,     ★   ★   1/2  for information While reading, I was reminded of long-ago biology studies, and the simplest members of Animalia that are little more … Continue reading

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Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. Recommended for humans.

Read December 2013 ★  ★  ★  ★  ★ I’ve been following Humans of New York on Facebook for some time now. As a long time NYC-ophile, it captures everything I love about the people-zoo that is my vision of New … Continue reading

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