Category Archives: Social Commentary

The History of White People

Nell Irvin Painter, 2010 Looking for some clarity amidst our tumultuous news cycle filled with constant reports of an ever increasing normalization of nationalistic fueled racism, I decided I needed some historical non-fiction to realign my perspective about what is going … Continue reading

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Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens

László Krasznahorkai, 2004 Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet, 2015 An author with a voice and perspective unlike any other, Krasznahorkai writes compelling stories that are a special blend of the macabre and the beautiful. His narrative style is characteristically … Continue reading

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Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!

John Pfeiffer, 2011 After sharing the exciting news that we were expecting with a close friend of mine who is a recent father, I was handed a copy of Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad! to add to the pile … Continue reading

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In a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson, 2000 I don’t read a lot of travel writing, but when I do read it I find myself telling myself that this is what I should be doing with myself. I totally missed my calling. Why am I … Continue reading

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Far From the Tree

Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity Andrew Solomon, 2012 “The affection my family have found in one another is not a better love, but it is another love, and just as species diversity is crucial to sustain the planet, … Continue reading

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Why Violence Has Declined Steven Pinker 2012 This was the opposite of light, summer reading. In fact, The Better Angels of our Nature felt more like summer school. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Although this heavily academic and thoroughly … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine: Reader Criticisms

Jame Le Fanu, 1999, 2012 In my last post I was inspired to reflect upon my personal experiences relevant to a patient I had cared for.  I don’t read a lot of medically inspired books and this blog is primarily an … Continue reading

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