Non-Fiction Readers : What Non-Fiction Are You Reading in April, 2018?
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Now reading Junk Raft, which is only part travelogue, mixed in with lots of general information about plastics, their history, environmental concerns, the politics, etc. etc.
Nadine Burke Harris
Harris discusses the long term effects that physical and mental adversity have on all children, the ways to treat it and her advocacy in promoting it and encouraging all physicians to screen for it in all of their young patients by using the ACE test (My Adverse Childhood Experience). I was surprised to read that childhood adversity actually changes a person’s DNA possibly leading to “disease and early death”. Harris does a great job explaining the process without too much technical jargon.
by Jonathon Eig
A reading group had picked this book for discussion and though I did not know very much about the history of the pill, it looked interesting and I love a good non-fiction book. Well, I was blown away at how well written and interesting this book was. The story revolves around the four main players in the development of the birth control pill. First, we have Margaret Sanger, well known women’s activist who opened the first birth control clinic and who brought in Katharine McCormick whose husband was the son of the founder of International Harvester and had deep pockets to fund the research. Gregory Pincus was the third player and was approached by the two women because as a scientist, he had experience in in vitro fertilization. Then there was the charismatic John Rock, physician and Catholic who was recruited to investigate the use of progesterone in developing a pill that could prevent ovulation. Between the four of them, the birth control pill eventually became a reality. Highly recommended!
Publisher of Up the Down Stair Case, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and The Satanic Verses
I remember loving JL Seagull when it first came out (about the same time I was listening to Rod McKuen and reading Gilbran), then read a send off in college, something called 'Ludwig von vulture' which totally broke the spell.
Never read SAtanic Verses, should some day.