Linda's Staff Picks
If it's Wednesday, I must be at The Bookloft - not the greenhouse, not leading a field trip, not at Naumkeag and not doing trail work on the AT! So many interests, like so many books, and so little time! That's why non-fiction books are usually my picks, because I try to keep up with my favorite subjects. As I heard once, "Act your shoe size!" We all need to slow down and see what there is to see. We need to reread some books, like Silent Spring. Sometimes it's children who help us grown-ups marvel at the wonders of the natural world, right in our own backyards. Stop and smell the flowers!
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Did I like this book??? I don't know!
Wait - it was bizarre in the sense that you might ask: "Is this news today?" Drama from page one and WITH ACTION TILL THE END.
Abel was an international journalist involved with many "things" and his knowledge of the workings of politics, government, medicine and MORE, make his books REALISTIC!
Great characters and complicated story...to keep you wondering...maybe lock your door (may not do much good....)
Title: Glass Houses
Our Gamache really can't fully retire. He is so in tune with good and evil, past and present, that he is obliged to become involved - to make a difference.
When do you say no? What does your conscience tell you to do? How many lines are affected by this new menace in Three Pines? Who is feeling the guilt - one? Or more?
With eyes becoming more and more open, Gamache will protect his neighbors - at what cost?
A very twisted story with Gamache at his best yet!
Three hundred years of challenges - and it WILL continue for Bellevue!
What an amazing history of a public hospital, the one that is open to ALL and with ANY problem. From the days of Malaria and yellow fever, tuberculosis (still), through war injuries, HIV epidemic, 9/11 and Super Storm Sandy, this is the place you want to go!
The training of staff, the research and compassion and hope, keep Bellevue going with the support of NYC.
You'll read about the evolution of the hospital, competition between the schools who train doctors, and the dilemma now about the insured or not in this modern life.
As staff have said, working there has deepened their humanity; treating the weak makes you stronger.
ALL manner of problems are met with such a devoted staff (*everyone*) going that extra mile to help anyone who needs care.
Some of the stories are just mind boggling - how the staff teams up in a crisis.
Title: Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator
Zoo curator - who knew? For Annette who didn't like animals and feared them, she became world-known in the zoo world and in conservation/education circles.
From Poland and the European War era to New York, one thing lead to another and she became one the heads of the Bronx Zoo.
So this isn't just about zoo animals, but a way of life & thinking for those involved in caring and preserving species.
From Asia, South America, and Africa there are tales - wondrous tales of different cultures, animals, and those people dedicated to the future of wildlife.
Great book to read as "Short Stories" - sensitive, informative, heartbreaking, and yet funny at times. Enjoy!
Title: Hero of the Empire
I had no particular interest at this time for Churchill or the Boer War. BUT Candice Millard wonderfully brings facts into a compelling story and you want to read it! So I learned about South Africa & the Boers. And Churchill, who was looking for action (in ANY war) to prove himself, had really found his action! He was privileged but worked hard and used his talents in the time of great stress.
A wonderful history of times and people!
Title: Radium Girls
Yes, young women who had a great opportunity to earn good money, work together, and socialize together, and - literally SHINE!
Painting numbers on watches and other dials so they would be illuminated for the military and the general public. It was an intricate job using a special radium-based powdered mix. You wet the brush in your mouth, dip it in the mix, then paint the tiny numbers. Not supposed to be a problem, although the Curies did curtail its use. The radium was the "new thing" - a tonic good for your blood and complexion.
But warnings WERE out there about the danger and unknown consequences. The biggest problem? The girls weren't warned and the "problems" came a few years later, and doctors were stymied! Horrible effects - loss of bone mass, continuous infections in the mouth, loss of teeth, anemia - and so much suffering.
The girls from New Jersey and Illinois fought the Radium Company for compensation - to the end. Company doctors, lawyers, public health officials just couldn't get all the facts together.
And the "girls" tried to band together and fight. How hard it was for them, as their friends were dying of radium poisoning - so tragic, and sad, and strong!