21 12, 2016

Review: BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

By | Wednesday, December 21, 2016|2 Comments

This book was right up my alley. It was recommended to me by a family while I worked in Hospice, since they had just read it and were changed by it. How to die is just as important as how we live the moments/days/years preceding our death. This book explores the real issues […]

4 05, 2015

THE DISMANTLING by Brian DeLeeuw

By | Monday, May 4, 2015|10 Comments

THE DISMANTLING by Brian DeLeeuwThe Dismantling by Brian DeLeeuw
Published by Penguin Group USA on April 28th 2015
Pages: 288
Genres: Fiction, General, Medical, Suspense, Thrillers
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How much of yourself are you willing to sell? Brian DeLeeuw hits that sweet spot between literary and commercial suspense with his brilliantly adept, ingeniously plotted novel--a chilling, fast-paced drama that urges readers to question the meaning of atonement and whether revenge might sometimes be the only way we can liberate ourselves from our past. Twenty-five-year-old med school dropout Simon Worth is an organ broker, buying kidneys and livers from cash-strapped donors and selling them to recipients whose time on the waitlist is running out. When a seemingly straightforward liver transplant has an unexpectedly dangerous outcome, Simon finds himself on the run. In order to survive, he must put aside his better moral judgment and place his trust in a stranger who has a shocking secret. Praise for The Dismantling: 'With its high tension plot and atmosphere of unease, The Dismantling is a morally ambiguous thriller in the grand tradition of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith. It has smart things to say about memory, redemption, and what it's like to live in a world where everything is for sale, but it says them by telling a gripping story.' Christopher Beha, author of Arts & Entertainments 'Intense, spare, and unflinching, DeLeeuw's The Dismantling treads risky, ethically nuanced territory, exploring the nature of absolution and revenge, the lies we tell our families, and the honesty we can find with strangers. A psychologically insightful, gripping novel.' Michaela Carter, author of Further Out Than You Thought 'While this is a fast-paced, engaging thriller, it is also much, much more. It is, at its heart, a fully and tenderly rendered exploration of loss and shame and the deep yearning for some manner of redemption. It is about the difficult choices put before us--and that might very well damn us--when possible redemption is close at hand.' Thomas O'Malley, author of This Magnificent Desolation 'A whip-smart modern noir. Brian DeLeeuw's writing is as keenly intelligent as it is eerily propulsive.' Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel

The Dismantling got me thinking about the lengths people go to for money. How much is one life worth? What would you be willing to do to survive. The lines between right and wrong get stretched and tested in this book. I just finished this book, but the story and its ethical questions […]

27 03, 2015

YOUNGER by Suzanne Munshower

By | Friday, March 27, 2015|7 Comments

YOUNGER by Suzanne MunshowerYounger by Suzanne Munshower
Published by Thomas & Mercer on March 1st 2015
Pages: 316
Genres: Fiction, International Mystery & Crime, Medical, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
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When PR pro Anna Wallingham gets dumped by her last client, she finds herself running out of options in LA, where looks trump experience. Desperate to prove she is still relevant, the fiftysomething accepts a shady job offer from Pierre Barton, secretive billionaire owner of Barton Pharmaceuticals. Isolated in a facility outside London, she agrees to test a new top-secret product guaranteed to make her look thirty years younger. Anna is starting to look on the outside the way she feels on the inside: ageless. But she soon discovers that her predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, leading her to research just who stands to gain--and lose--with this miraculous product. When Pierre drops dead in front of her, she takes off on a dangerous journey across Europe hoping to stay alive long enough to uncover the truth. With the hard-won knowledge that younger isn't always better, Anna is determined to escape and reclaim her life before it's too late.

This book had me hooked. Younger is a bold book about looking young and the lengths we go to get there. Anna is a woman I felt sorry for and was jealous of, all at the same time. Anna has just been laid off. At 57 years old, finding new work is not […]

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