The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Wow. I've read quite a few books by this author but this one blew me out of the water. The only thing I know about Jodi was that she is an extremely talented writer and while I was reading this book I wondered if she was an African American author. When she revealed at the end that she is indeed the epitome of white privilege I was very surprised. She's a brave lady to tackle this subject full on and a genius to engineer the subject of our racist society into a compelling story. I will be sharing and recommending this story to all the white people I know because as she says, we are all racist, and this tale explains why.
I was sickened by the revelation that people like Turk walk among us, and that the language they use and actions they take are still a real thing. I related to the lawyer and her transformation as the scales fell from her eyes because it echoed the discomfort that all white people must feel if they want to transition to ally. I loved Ruth and her son, she's beautiful, down to earth, a great mother and I'm not going to give anything else away.
Its inspired me to write an anti racism toolkit blog post and this book will be one of the three must-reads I will recommend.
The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace", which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life.
A great read that is full of wisdom. I'm glad I read it. Now I'm going to read it again.
'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.
Literally... I just want to write: OMG WTF OMG WTF OMG WTF until my words get to the max limit for the review. I can't believe what I just heard. As a patient, with no medical training i now feel that we are all part of a giant global Guinea pig trial with no cross communication or even record taking at all.
I loved the interview at the end and like the reader says, this book is extremely accessible even if you have no medical training or prior knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.
I have wanted to listen/read this book for ages but I have been putting it off because I wasn't sure I could handle what I was likely to read. As a patient, I have felt that doctors have not had knowledge of side effects/interactions that I have reported and I've even been advised quack remedies by one doctor. I understand they are only human and acting on the information they have to hand but I am livid that they don't have access to true up to date cross checked data about the medicines they prescribe to us.
I'm going to look for a patient group now.
The reader and the writer are totally fabulous and awesome.
Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.
I was captivated from beginning to end. I've always thought the whole work world was being unkind to me with its early starts and now I know it. Being in tune with my natural rhythm as a self employed owl is definitely happiness-making.
It is crying shame that more employers and schools in particular demand a start time that is equal to my (and billions of others) natural wake time.
Read this book, share with your friends, family, employers. It's BRILLIANT.
In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.
Just a short review but I really enjoyed this and it gave me plenty of food for thought.
When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident that leaves him in a coma, his family face an impossible dilemma. His daughter, Cara, will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life. But his son, Edward, can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life. Now they must choose: Do they keep Luke alive, hoping for a miracle? Or do they let him go?
I've never been sorry to read a jodie picoult book and this is no different. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, it took hold of my mind and emotions and I really felt for every character. A must read.
The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.
I adore the reading style of Stephen Fry, this is the next best thing to having him tuck me cosily up and night and read me a story. What a collection of captivating stories. Well worth a read/listen.
Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him. White Fang is a companion novel and thematic mirror to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild.
Oh! What an incredible story! It had me wanting to keep listening and made me sorry it ended. I like the narrator's voice but his style takes a bit of getting used to.
Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.
I loved the story but for me it was difficult to follow because the reader read it very differently to how I would have.
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.
I loved his previous book, sapiens and wanted to read this to take a peek into his view of the future. I'm not sure whether I end this book in awe or fear, he certainly makes a lot of sense. Well worth a read, and I'm going to buy this for my dad for Christmas.