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Book Reviews for Health and Human Interest


Why recommend books anymore?

Does anyone read? A friend of mine said frankly, “I don’t have time to read. I get my information from the Internet and TV.” Many people evidently feel that way, since the print circulation of newspapers and magazines has fallen dramatically in recent years, and many once robust publications have gone out of business.

Despite these trends

We thought it would be fun and informative to share recommended book reviews on this blog. Summer is a great time to think about bringing a book to the pool or beach and soaking up information while listening to water sounds in the background. We hope to review books that will positively impact your health, nutrition, and fitness.

The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage and Love by Nell Lake

The unsung heroes of our society often labor without recognition, and outsiders may wonder how they cope. This book chronicles the grief process of a small group of caregivers who find assistance in a hospital support group in Boston. The author follows the lives of 8 people who give significant care to a parent, spouse or family…
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Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind by Paula Kamen, published by Da Capo Press, 2007

This book review is many months in the making and was scheduled to be published this week when the sad news about Robin Williams broke. My reaction to the death of Williams reminded me of my reaction when I first read about Iris Chang, another genius who is the subject of this book and who…
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The Happiness Advantage: A Book Review

When we started our Lady Docs Corner Cafe website last year, I planned to have many discussions on issues related to mental illness. We did not, however, keep up with this promise and did not venture into this aspect of medicine too much. During this time, I went to a lecture organized by Sidwell Friends for high…
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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, A Reflection from author Dr. Nadia Hashimi

On May 6th of this year, I walked into our local Barnes & Noble with my husband and our two children. We had to see it to believe it. The novel I’d written three years ago was sitting front and center on the “New Release” table – touchable and very real. “Mommy, there’s your book,” my son…
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All Joy No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting by Jennifer Senior Published by Harper Collins, 2014

Have you ever wondered what influence children have on parents? Every book I have read about parenting was always about how to be a better parent and how to influence children for the better. This book illustrates many of the effects that children have on parents through each stage of life. It discusses research on the parent-child relationship…
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Recently I had the opportunity

To tour the Evergreen House in Baltimore, which is the restored 19th century home of the Garrett Family, of B&O Railroad fame. If you get a chance to see this unique place, do visit!

The Garretts were significant patrons of artists, dancers, and actors, and their home is full of BOOKS! The books date back to the 1500s, fill at least 5 rooms floor to ceiling, and are used by scholars of rare books today. This display emphasized the significant role books had on everyday life for those who could read in the 1800s. Because there was no internet, TV, or other forms of communication, people spent a significant amount of their day thinking of and pondering the written word. Although life has changed significantly since that time, we hope that reading a few great books every year will improve your intellectual, as well as physical, well-being. Enjoy summer and enjoy reading!

Linda Yau, M.D.