So I’ve been busy with work and life lately and have not posted as much as I should, but I still have been reading. Of course, it hasn’t been as much as I’d like, but then reading for 24 hours a day wouldn’t be very practical 🙂
Some recent books that I’ve enjoyed:
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. This book is about a hospital effectively under siege during and after Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Several patients died at the hospital before they could be rescued, and the deaths may have been intentional (euthanasia or murder, depending upon your perspective). This book highlights how poorly prepared many institutions (government on down) were to handle a crisis of this magnitude, but it also showed how selfless people can be in emergencies.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by Ka Yoshida and David Mitchell. This book is beautiful. As someone who is not directly familiar with autism I was blown away by this boy’s beautiful, heartfelt language. You only need an hour or so to read this and you will not regret it.
Margot: A Novel by Jillian Cantor. What if Margot Frank, Anne’s sister, survived the death camps? That is the question this novel explores. Margot has changed her name to Margie and has moved to Philadelphia, waiting patiently for Peter (the boy in the attic) to find her. Yes, the novel does take liberties with the truth (or, rather, what we know to be the truth based on Anne’s diary) but it is tastefully done (i.e. not outrageous). I really enjoy alternate histories and this one was no exception.