What have you been reading lately?

  1. Read anything really good lately? Or really informative? Or something so bad it wasn't worth the paper it was printed on?
  2. 311 Comments

  3. by   aimeee
    This fall I read a VERY interesting book called The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman. It is the story of the culture clash between the medical community and the family of a little Hmong girl with epilepsy. There is a lot of background information about the Hmong culture along the way and if you carry nothing else away from reading the book, you will have a good reminder of the importance of considering the whole family unit and their cultural frame of reference when planning treatment.

    There is a review from the Hmong community here: http://www.hmongnet.org/publications/spirit_review.html

    and one from the NYTimes here:


    There is a link to the first chapter of the book online at the second url too.
  4. by   nicola
    I'm more into sci fi and fantasy and recently finished the Otherland series by Tad Williams. Awesome!
  5. by   hoolahan
    I just finished The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. The fifth book in the series, and it was GREAT!! Whenever I finish one of her books, I am sad it ends. The characters are so real. Love it.

    This week, I am reading a Home Health Aide instructor text.

    I am told the next fun book should be "Girl with a pearl earring." Anyone heard of it? Any good?

    Recently read the first Happy Potter book too, cute, but not sure I am addicted. I prefer grownup themes.
  6. by   Zee_RN
    Hoolahan, I read "Girl with a Pearl Earring." It's a good book, very interesting. I read it pretty much straight through. I would not call it "fun" though. It has won critical acclaim. It's set in Holland in 1664. The back of book says this:

    "History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings."

    If you like historical fiction (I do), you'll enjoy this book.

    I'm currently reading "The Dragon Queen," a story about Guinevere (a magic, warrior-queen Guinevere) by Alice Borchardt.
  7. by   hoolahan
    Hi Zee, love those kinds of arthurian fiction too!!

    Actually, I did get the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am so anal, I won't see the movie til I read the book first, most times! In this case, I heard so much about the fuss, I really want to read the book first. This means I will probably see the movie on DVD instead, maybe parts 2 & 3 I'll see on the big screen.

    Anyone read shipping news?? I heard the movie is great.
    OH! I just bought "The Shipping News", but I haven't started reading it yet. I'm not even familiar with the story/plot, but I'm also very anal about HAVING to read the book before I see the movie, and I HAVE to see every Kevin Spacey movie

    Right now, me & my 7 year old son are about half through the first Harry Potter.

  9. by   grouchy
    I read and loved "The Shipping News" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down". My favorite part of the shipping news were the details about the historic fishing and trapping culture of the Newfies. Banding together to survive in their harsh environment has apparently made them a special breed of people. Interestingly, I heard on NPR news that several planes were diverted to Newfoundland on September 11th. The passengers had to stay in hastily assembled shelters for a week or two until flights resumed. They were so impressed with the hospitality of the Newfies, who refused all compensation, that they subsequently set up scholarship funds for kids from Newfoundland.

    Does anyone know if the movie was actually filmed in Newfoundland? This is a book that really makes you want to see the fog, the icebergs in the water,etc.

    The Spirit Catches You..., is an amazingly good book but SO sad. It's the best thing I've ever read about problems in cross-cultural communication, especially as it affects health care. I think it should be required reading in nursing schools. Thank you so much for the link to a Hmong critique.
  10. by   nicola
    I recently finished reading The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood . Not typically my type of reading, but was suggested by a friend. For any one who has had a great relationship with girlfriend or angst where your mother was concerned, I would suggest this one! I laughed, cried and wanted to choke the characters!
  11. by   aimeee
    Loved all your responses. I've added all these books to my notebook so I can look for them next time I get to the library.

    I'm also working my way through the Lord of the Rings trilogy again. Its been a loooooong time since I read it the first time and I forgot a lot of the charming details.

    Love those Harry Potter books. The kids and I can't wait for the next one to come out. Last year when the hoopla over Harry was really getting going one of my residents at the nursing home asked me whether my kids had read them and expressed an interest in reading one just to see what all the excitement was about. I lent her our copy of the first one and she worked her way through all of them! When the movie came out in November, our family took her with us to see it. She thoroughly enjoyed it! And she has the distinction of being the only resident with a Harry Potter blanket on her bed! I must confess though...I like the books better.

    Last edit by aimeee on Jan 18, '02
  12. by   Zee_RN
    For those of you who have young girls who enjoyed the Harry Potter series, may I recommend the author Tamora Pierce? She has several different series of books, all in that fantasy-magic kinda theme. One of my daughters is just poring through her stuff!

    For instance, there is "The Immortals" series, 4 books in all, with the first book entitled "Wild Magic." It's about a young girl with a knack for horses that turns out to be downright magical. From the back of the book:

    "Set in Tortall during the reign of King Jonathan III and Queen Thayet, 'Wild Magic' is the first book of The Immortals Series, which chronicles the time when the world is invaded by immortal creatures and a girl is born with a magical gift that could restore the very balance of nature."

    I read the first couple chapters before my daughter tore the book from me. I gotta go grab it back .
  13. by   Q.
    I've been reading Songs in Ordinary Time but it is so early in the morning, and I'm at work, I can't remember the author's name!

  14. by   nicola
    For those who enjoy kiddie lit, I'd STRONGLY recommend the series "His Dark Materials", a trilogy. The first book is The Silver Compass , followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass . I enjoyed the series so much I gave it to my father for Christmas this year!