Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers -- I heard about this guy when I was reading Into Thin Air a few weeks ago. His story was pretty interesting although he wasn't a good family man. I'm glad he got another chance with his wife and children.Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs - a J Biography that won the Newberry Medal; a good way to learn more about Louisa Alcott. I kept thinking "wow, so much name-dropping" since her family knew many famous people!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- A story I remember my fifth-grade teacher reading to us that I wanted to read again. A good story about the power of fresh air, positive thinking, and gardens! Especially nice to read in spring when everything is blooming so prettily.
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult -- the longer I read this book, the more I realized I read it many years ago, but still it was good to reread this story about an Amish teen who was accused of smothering her newborn.
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, M.D. -- " a doctor's reflections on race and medicine" -- I've read a few accounts by doctors or paramedics in recent months, but I had never read a book by a black doctor. This doctor studied at Duke University's Medical School which is not too far from where I live. He tells stories of his classes - when he was mistaken by a professor as the guy there to fix the lights - and also many accounts of working in a rural clinic (where all the patients were black). He talks of racist patients who didn't want a "nigger doctor" and also tells of doctors who discriminate. He speaks of his own homophobia growing up, and the color of HIV/AIDS. Yes, he focus a lot on race and how race pertains to health particularly of black people. His stories are good, and I'm glad to know more about him.
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold -- the mother of Dylan of Columbine; advocate for brain healthThe Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis -- this is a companion to a book I read a couple of weeks ago about Elijah who lives in Buxton, Canada. This book revisits Buxton and nearby Chatham and tells the story of Benji and Red, their lives and how they meet. And it also talks about the madman who lives in the nearby forest!
Sandwich With a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips -- 20 year old Maddie is trying to earn enough money to afford a house and get her brother out of foster care. Unfortunately the first hair cut she gives goes badly and she ends up working at the sandwich shop in town.
House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson -- I seem to read quite a lot about women (moms) in families with mental illnesses. This was no exception. I could relate to Bailee's anger and bitterness towards God...how he can know someone is dangerous to others, and hurting others, yet not step in to stop it? I truly do understand the feelings some express at how can God be loving and all-powerful, yet allow people to be tortured, abused, neglected, raped, murdered.