Good reads - page 2

I've read several medical books and now that christmas time is upon us, I'm gett ing the ever loved question, "So what do you want for christmas?" I've read "Why do men have nipples" an incredibly... Read More

  1. by   TennNurse
    I just finished Predator, and like all the rest of the Scarpetta books, it was excellent. (I just love Scarpetta and if her love life wasn't so miserable, I'd want to be her.) Men who like to read would like anything by Joseph Finder, who wrote High Crimes, which was made into a movie with Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. That remains one of the best-written books I have ever read- I would think about it at work and be impatient to get home to it! Nicholas Evans is also incredible, and as much as I loved The Horse Whisperer, I think his best writing was The Smoke Jumper, again a great read for both genders.
    Lately I've been reading a lot of Phillippa Gregory, who writes fiction-based-on-facts novels set in historical England. The first one I read, The Other Boleyn Girl, was about King Henry VIII's affair with Anne Boleyn's sister Mary before he married Anne and cut off her head. It is not textbook-dry at all, and really fascinating reading if you have any interest in history.
    Anyone who loves animals would love All Creatures Great and Small, I cannot think of the author's name. I found it at Barnes & Noble combined with his other book, All Things Wise and Wonderful. They are told from the first-person perspective of a new grad from vet school in England in the 30's. He talks about his adventures with his new partner, sheep, cows, horses, and dogs. It was hilarious, touching, and well-written. One of my favorite books that I read this year. It can be found on Amazon. A person who is known for a consuming love of horses would probably like A Year at The Races by Jane Smiley. It's full of interesting facts about the intelligence of horses and how it compares to human intelligence. I've had horses all my life and I learned stuff from this book. This woman really loves her horses, and others like her, people who consider their horses family and make them Christmas stockings and buy them gifts, would definitely enjoy this book. I, naturally, thought it was wonderful.
    If you want to stick to being entertained by medical subjects, The Real Deal: Stories From the ER, turned out to be pretty good. The author's name is Roxy something, found it on Amazon. It started out with kind of a cheesy, tough-guy attitude, but once I got past the first couple of chapters, I really enjoyed it and finished it in 2 days.
    That's all I can think of right now, though books are a favorite subject of mine and I will post more if I think of them. Right now, though, I have to go to Amazon and find a copy of Stiff- y'all have piqued my interest.
    Happy shopping, and keep this thread going! I always need stuff to read.

    P.S. Does anybody know if the Mary Roach who wrote Stiff is the same Mary Roach who writes for Reader's Digest? She is hilarious!
    Last edit by TennNurse on Nov 13, '05
  2. by   TennNurse
    It is the same Mary Roach, and she has a new book out, Spook: Scientists Tackles the Afterlife. Available on Amazon!
  3. by   TennNurse
    It was All Things Bright and Beautiful, not wise and wonderful, and the author is James Herriot. Great book!
  4. by   jyoung1950
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I'm currently reading Suzanne's Gordon, Nursing Against the Odds - its excellent.
    I'm also reading this book right now.

    I'm not a nurse (I'm a CNA) but I feel most of the stress of work she writes about also.

    Should be required reading for all of us here on all nurses. I'm showing it to my nurses that I work with.