Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Malala opens her heart, family, neighborhood, religion, history and culture to our understanding in her simple, insightful voice. Nurtured as an equal by her educator father she started as a young child to advocate education for street children. As the Taliban invaded her beloved Swat Valley and closed girls schools, she became the face and voice of the girls in open defiance of their rulings. Did you know she has been nominated for the Noble Peace prize? I didn't. I couldn't put this book down and it helped me to understand the Pakistani view of recent historical events such as the war in Afghanistan and the killing of Ben Ladin. After reading I did an internet search and watched videos of her talks and "liked her" on her Facebook page which has pictures of the school, her family and valley. What a wonderful young woman - who made a difference and will continue to do so. This book is a keeper, I will read again.
"A long way home" is the straightforward telling of Saroo's experiences as a 5 year old stranded on a moving train, being lost in Calcutta and eventually being adopted and taken to Tasmania by new parents. As an adult using childhood memories and Google Earth he eventually figures out where in India his childhood home was located. The actual events as they happened are amazing, however... the writing style and reading of the book are average at best and at times irritating. I should probably have ranked it a 3, but I simply enjoyed the story...
This would make a great family movie and has been briefly depicted in a 28 minute video available on Youtube and produced by "60 Minutes." I watched this after reading the book and enjoyed seeing Saroo, his family and the locations where the book took place.
Dr. Reilly has distilled a life time of his knowledge, experience and insight into this enlightening and engaging book about health care. Although full of interesting experiences from his practice, this is not similar to a James Herriot book... you have to think and process... he has many messages that need saying in todays world. I will also mention here that his account weaves like a macramé and if you don't listen closely you will miss threads that you really need to remember - I re-wound multiple times to get back into gear.
I've been a nurse about as long as "Brenden" has been a doctor and his writing is truth, not sugar coated... I have been right there facing the same challenges. He has expressed the things I would like to tell my aging parents, siblings and children (most especially the son with the MD behind his name) in a way I never could. There are no pat answers found here, rather he shares stories that raise questions and cause you to think about "your doctor," family, choices, guilt, aging, death, resources, quality of life and the bizarre practice of medicine in the United States.
So very glad to have found this book.