Books Worth Reading
TURNING INTERNATIONAL, by CATHERINE TRANSLER, about the challenges of adapting to life in adopted countries, strange lands...
I absolutely LOVE this imagined cover! I had (still have) the creepy silver paperback from the 70s that I (once again) took off my mom's shelf. I thought in fifth grade that "Helter Skelter" was disturbing, and then I read this right afterwards. Yes, I was a bit precocious and not a tentative reader. This book made the Wicked Witch of the West look like a cartoon character. And I wouldn't go in the basement alone for the first twelve years of my life because of that chick! There's a reason that Stephen King is a publishing God, and this (to me) is reason number 1. With a bullet. I mean, with a mallet.
Oh No They Didn't!
Survival of the Sickest, evolutionary physiologist Sharon Moalem teams up with journalist Jonathan Price to address the question of how genetic diseases like diabetes or favism could possibly evolve, given their very high costs. The answer has potentially profound implications for understanding psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders. It’s an answer that is becoming increasingly familiar to anyone who thinks about the evolution of human behavior...
Survival of the Sickest | Psychology Today
The Angel of Darkness. Follow up to The Alienist.
The Razor's Edge. Loved this book
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie is a beautiful (& alas tragic) story of the enchanting relationship between the royal couple, their struggle with their son's, the imperial hair's, hemophilia, & the fall of the Russian empire. The book is a testimony to how love may endure for years, but the Tsar's "god-given" power may be taken away from him in a day.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Crown Publishers, ISBN 0609608444) is a 2003 non-fiction book by Erik Larson presented in a novelistic style. The book is set in Chicago circa 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their death in his elaborately constructed "Murder Castle."
Such a good book.