Here’s a book we should all read: “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande, surgeon, New York Magazine contributor, and Harvard professor.
Some informative quotes:
“Beautifully written . . . In his newest and best book, Gawande . . . has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.”
—The New York Review of Books
“Dr. Gawande’s book is not of the kind that some doctors write, reminding us how grim the fact of death can be. Rather, he shows how patients in the terminal phase of their illness can maintain important qualities of life.”
—Wall Street Journal (Best Books of 2014)
“Being Mortal left me tearful, angry, and unable to stop talking about it for a week. . . . A surgeon himself, Gawande is eloquent about the inadequacy of medical school in preparing doctors to confront the subject of death with their patients. . . . it is rare to read a book that sparks with so much hard thinking.”
“We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life—a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.”
“A great read that leaves you better equipped to face the future, and without making you feel like you just took your medicine.”
—Mother Jones (Best Books of 2014)
“A needed call to action, a cautionary tale of what can go wrong, and often does, when a society fails to engage in a sustained discussion about aging and dying.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
The Alameda County Library has 27 copies; however there are currently 57 holds. It will be worth the wait.
Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with dance performance by Shahrzad dance
Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (Spring Equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Looking for a little inspiration on the road to a healthier life? Read Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs
“Having sanctified himself in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A. J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He didn’t want just to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far, far greater: Maximal health from head to toe.The task was massive. He had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, much of which was nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. He had to consult a team of medical advisers. And he had to subject himself to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets, and an array of practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep to his sex life all the while testing the patience of his long-suffering wife. He left nothing untested, from the caveman workout to veganism, from the treadmill desk to extreme chewing. Drop Dead Healthy teems with hilarity and warmth and pushes our cultures assumptions about and obsessions with what makes good health, allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality”–Provided by publisher
“One mans comedic journey to discover how to live as healthfully as possible”–Provided by publisher
The book was very engaging and despite some of the extreme things the author tried, a useful book as well. There are ideas woth paying attention to – especially the concept of balance.
Once again, my thoughts turn to books I’d like to read, or at least consider. February is a month when many students are assigned a biography of a famous person, perhaps of someone significant in history (Washington, Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X), perhaps someone involved in the civil rights movement, or who made innovations in the arts, politics, science or sports.
I hope you find these biographies or other interesting true stories this month!
The last day of January is here (already!) and February, the shortest month of the year, is about to make it’s entrance. February may be short but it’s an important time of year. Lest you need to be reminded, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. It is the one day of the year that is specially set aside to let those we care about, whether in a friendly or romantic way, know just how much they mean to us.
And, of course, the libraries want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Two of our lovely smaller libraries, Niles Library and Irvington Library, will be having programs in which the whole family is invited to participate. Both programs will be led by Christie of Christie’s Creative Cupboard.
Niles Library program will be on Tuesday, February 10 at 3:30 PM. Families will have the opportunity to work together on Valentine greetings. All supplies will be provided for this free program. Due to space limitations, participation is available upon a first-come basis. So arrive a little early and be prepared to have fun!
Irvington Library will have a program the following day, Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 PM. This program will be a little different. Families will have the fun of working together to make a beautiful, tissue-decorated cardboard heart. This will be fun to keep as a decoration for your home or to give as a gift. Free tickets will be given out 15 minutes prior to the program, so please be on time to get your place! This program is also free, and all materials are provided.
Hope you can make it to one or both of these fun programs. Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!