Archive for May, 2019

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE : first loves and last tales

May 25th, 2019

Oliver Sacks examines the many passions of his own life, as a doctor engaged with the central questions of human existence, and as a polymath conversant in all the sciences.  Everything in its Place brings together writings—many never before published—on a rich variety of topics.  Why do humans need gardens?  How, and when, does a physician tell his patient she has Alzheimer’s?  What is social media doing to our brains?

In several of the compassionate case histories included here, Sacks considers the enigmas of depression, psychosis, & schizophrenia for the first time & in others he returns to conditions that have long fascinated him:  Tourette’s syndrome, aging, dementia, & hallucinations.  This volume also includes pieces that celebrate Sack’s love of the natural world—and his final meditations on life in the 21st century.  Everything in its Place gives us an intimate portrait of a master writer and thinker at work.

 

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BECOMING-by Michelle Obama

May 11th, 2019

As First Lady of the USA-the first African American to serve in that role-Michelle Obama helped create the most welcoming & inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women & girls in the U.S. & around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier & more active lives.

In her memoir, Becoming, a work of deep reflection & mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the south side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood & work, & then her time spent at the world’s most famous address.  With unerring honesty & lively wit, she describes her triumphs & disappointments, both public & private, telling her full story as she has lived it.  Warm, wise & revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul & substance who has steadily defied expectations-& whose story inspires us to do the same.

 

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