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Old 09-20-2018, 10:18 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Brain on fire : my month of madness / by Susannah Cahalan, c2012, Free Press, 616.832 CAHA 2012.


Subjects

  • Cahalan, Susannah -- Health.
  • Cahalan, Susannah -- Mental health.
  • Encephalitis -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
  • Autoimmune diseases -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
  • Frontal lobes -- Diseases -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
  • Limbic system -- Diseases -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
  • Diagnostic errors -- United States -- Case studies.
Notes
  • Crazy -- The clock -- In search of lost time.
Summary
  • The story of twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan and the life-saving discovery of the autoimmune disorder that nearly killed her -- and that could perhaps be the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.
  • 2009. Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records chronicled a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all. Neurologist Souhel Najjar recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history. This is the account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among
Length
  • xii, 264 pages : photos, illustrations, chapter notes
Very interesting book, lots of medical information. There was a movie made from it, it wasn’t well received.
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Recently finished Dark Money by Jane Mayer and currently reading Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean. Highly recommend both of these.
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Old 09-22-2018, 01:50 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.

The poisoned city : Flint's water and the American urban tragedy / Anna (Leigh) Clark, c2018, Metropolitan Books, 363.61 CLAR



Subjects
  • Drinking water -- Contamination -- Health aspects -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Drinking water -- Lead content -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Health risk assessment -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Heavy metals -- Toxicity testing -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Flint (Mich.) -- Environmental conditions.
  • Flint (Mich.) -- Politics and government.
Notes
  • Prologue -- Part I: Taught by thirst. The well -- Corrosion -- Revelations -- Saturation -- Part II: Divination. Alchemy -- Citizen/science -- Meditations in an emergency -- Blood -- Part III: Water's perfect memory. Switchback -- Legion -- Truth and reconciliation -- Genesis -- Epilogue.
Summary
  • "Recounts the gripping story of Flint's poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure"-- Provided by publisher.
Length
  • 305 pages : drawings, map, chapter notes, select bibliography, index
Stepping through a tragedy of poor decisions & cover-ups. Twelve dead & harm to Flint’schildren. & the issues are not limited to Flint – water infrastructure throughout the US needs attention. A sobering read.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:42 AM
 
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The dark valley : a panorama of the 1930s / Piers Brendon, c2000, Alfred Knopf, 940.52 Bren.

Subjects

  • World politics -- 1933-1945.
  • National socialism.
  • Europe -- History -- 1918-1945.
  • Japan -- History -- 1926-1945.
  • Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953.
Length xviii, 795 pages : photos, chapter notes, select bibliography, index


I started skimming this for specific information, & wound up reading the whole thing. A gripping overview of Europe, the USSR & Japan dancing on a knife edge.
I read this book earlier this summer and found it to be a very interesting read.

On this side of history, we all know what happened at the end of the 1930s and into the 1940s. But getting a closer glimpse of what people were experiencing during this time of crisis was. as a history buff, I've read several books that cover this era. This was definitely one that stands out in helping to capture the essence of that fateful decade.
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:45 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default & the band played on

The tennis partner/ Abraham Verghese, 1955- ,©1998, HarperCollins, 610.92 VERG.


Subjects

  • Verghese, A. -- (Abraham), -- 1955-
  • Physicians -- Texas -- El Paso -- Biography.
  • Internal medicine -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- El Paso.
  • Tennis.
  • Intravenous drug abuse.
Summary
  • Verghese's marriage is unraveling. He relocates to El Paso, Texas, hoping to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital. He meets David, a medical student and former tennis pro, and their matches reawaken Verghese's passion for the game. As David's life takes some disturbing turns, Verghese finds himself forced to choose between his role as friend and that of authority figure.
Length
  • 345, 10 pages ;
A harrowing read. Verghese specialized in infectious diseases,& HIV/AIDS. He was there early on, & it likely affected his marriage & made him a medical jack of all trades. Two driven people. A good overview of medical teaching, hospital rounds, the patients, the doctors & nurses & interns.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:38 PM
 
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The tennis partner/ Abraham Verghese, 1955- ,©1998, HarperCollins, 610.92 VERG.


Subjects

  • Verghese, A. -- (Abraham), -- 1955-
  • Physicians -- Texas -- El Paso -- Biography.
  • Internal medicine -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- El Paso.
  • Tennis.
  • Intravenous drug abuse.
Summary
  • Verghese's marriage is unraveling. He relocates to El Paso, Texas, hoping to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital. He meets David, a medical student and former tennis pro, and their matches reawaken Verghese's passion for the game. As David's life takes some disturbing turns, Verghese finds himself forced to choose between his role as friend and that of authority figure.
Length
  • 345, 10 pages ;
A harrowing read. Verghese specialized in infectious diseases,& HIV/AIDS. He was there early on, & it likely affected his marriage & made him a medical jack of all trades. Two driven people. A good overview of medical teaching, hospital rounds, the patients, the doctors & nurses & interns.
"Love" is not the right word for this book. "Enjoyed" isn't any better. Regardless - I am so glad that I read this book years ago. You know from the beginning that David does not survive his addiction yet the story of his attempts at recovery, his denial, how he was treated by the physician community and most of all, his relationship with the author, Abe Verghese, can't be missed.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:17 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Through a glass, darkly

What the eyes don't see : a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city / Mona Hanna-Attisha,©2018, One World, 615.9 HANN.


Subjects

  • Hanna-Attisha, Mona.
  • Lead poisoning -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Drinking water -- Lead content -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Water quality management -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Physicians -- Michigan -- Flint -- Biography.
  • Whistle blowing -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Water quality management -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Flint (Mich.) -- Environmental conditions.
Notes
  • How I got my name -- What the eyes don't see -- The barbecue -- The valedictorian -- Haji -- Red flags -- First encounter -- Miasma -- No response -- Sit down -- Jenny + the data -- Public health enemy #1 -- What field are you on? -- The man in the panda tie -- Environmental injustice -- Poisoned by policy -- Shortwave radio crackling -- Meeting the Mayor -- Aeb -- The press conference -- Splice and dice -- Numbers war -- Demonstration of proof -- All the things we found out later -- Fire ant -- Truth and reconciliation -- Prescription for hope -- Haji and the birds.
Summary
  • "The dramatic story of the signature environmental disaster of our time and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan--in the name of austerity--shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps--but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city's public hospital, took state officials at their word and encouraged the parents and children in her care to continue drinking the water--after all, it was American tap water, blessed with the state's seal of approval. But a conversation at a cookout with an old friend, leaked documents from a rogue environmental inspector, and the activism of a concerned mother raised red flags about lead--a neurotoxin whose irreversible effects fall most heavily on children. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof--and that to get it, she'd have to enter the fight of her life. What the Eyes Don't See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona--accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders--proved that Flint's kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself--an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their--and all of our--children."--Dust jacket.
Length
  • x, 364 pages : photos, illustrations, chapter notes, further reading, index
A health/medicine/political thriller. & ultimately – in this case - a hopeful story. Except that Flint’s water infrastructure problems are likely replicated across the US – we’ve neglected our infrastructure shamefully, & the consequences are playing out everywhere.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:42 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default The parable of the sower

The wizard and the prophet : two remarkable scientists and their dueling visions to shape tomorrow's world / Charles C. Mann, ©2018, Alfred A. Knopf, 363.7 MANN.


Subjects



  • Vogt, William, -- 1902-1968.
  • Borlaug, Norman E. -- (Norman Ernest), -- 1914-2009.
  • Environmental sciences -- History -- 20th century.
  • Food security.
  • Water security.
  • Energy security.
  • Climatic changes.
  • Environmentalists -- United States -- Biography.
Notes



  • One law -- State of the species -- Two men -- The prophet -- The wizard -- Four elements -- Earth: food -- Water: freshwater -- Fire: energy -- Air: climate change -- Two men -- The prophet -- The wizard -- One future -- The edge of the petri dish.
Summary



  • Presents two influential scientists, William Vogt (1902-1968), and Norman Borlaug (1914-2009), whose diametrically opposed views shaped modern understandings about the environment and related public policies.
Length



  • x, 616 pages : maps, photos, illustrations, chapter notes, works cited. Illustrations on breeding wheat, photosynthesis, solar energy input to Earth – very helpful.
A brilliant story on two axes, Vogt & Borlaug. Lots of background, & makes sense of their diametrically opposed approaches to shaping the environment to human ends. A must read, to understand the history & the scorched-earth tactics on both sides.


Mann is an excellent writer - I'm tracking down everything of his that our library owns.

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Old 10-13-2018, 05:37 AM
 
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I am almost finished reading The Radium Girls The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.
When I mentioned this book to a few people, they seemed to be aware of the story. I had no knowledge of any of this and am just in awe reading it.
The book has so many people in it that I am not really getting a good sense of who is who, but it doesn't seem to matter for the actual story.
You need to read this.
(it's the story of the young women who were painting the luminous numbers on watch and clock dials....New Jersey and Illinois mostly....)
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Old 10-14-2018, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I just finished reading Marianne Faithfull by Mark Hodkinson. She and Liz Taylor must be constructed with the same type of steel, except with Marianne, even stronger steel. To top Liz's copious amounts of liquor, like downing a whole quart of vodka or whiskey, Marianne, in addition to copious amounts of liquor, was a heroin addict for many years, escaping death countless times, and one of the world's great mysteries, she's still alive and kicking and performing.

She had a 3 and half year love affair with Mick Jagger between ages of 18 and 21. She rocketed to fame with As Tears Go By, slid all the way down to the gutter, then became a punk rocker, also did some live theatre and movies.

Before I read a bio of a celebrity I attain an astrological chart of that person which makes it more interesting. Moon in Pisces, I already knew it was going to be a roller coaster ride of a book.
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