Well, I’ve been reading, as per usual, and even more than usual, since it’s summer and in my mind summer is reading time…goes right along with holidays, and if I’m not going on holidays I should read extra to feel like I am, right?
Some of the books I’ve read in the last couple weeks have been fantastic and must be added to your “to read” list (I hope it’s not as long as mine).
First up: “CRAZY: A father’s search through America’s mental health madness”
This book is amazing. I had to read it for school and actually wrote an A+ paper on it, but, if you’re a student, you know how those kinds of readings go, and this was worth reading with a little more attention. If you know anyone who has a serious mental illness, or think you might have one or one day develop one, read this. You will not bring your mentally ill self to the United States. And Canada may not be a much better bet. You will keep your family close. This book is a crushingly realistic look at the limited support available for mentally ill individuals and their families, and about the cycle between prison and the street that so many mentally ill people find themselves trapped in. I had to read it for school, yes, but it is definitely not a textbook, and it is well-researched and written by a former journalist whose son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Fascinating and slightly terrifying because that’s what serious mental illness is; it could happen to anyone, anytime, and we could all use a little more compassion.
Now that you’re a little freaked out and examining your sanity, the next thing you should read is probably Seventeen magazine, to lighten things up a bit and worry instead about whether that boy will call you back and how to get rid of acne.
Then onwards to “SUPERfreakonomics”! It is super.
I recently read “Freakonomics”, and it was ok but not everything I was hoping for. THIS follow-up book was everything I’d been hoping for. The writers I imagine as similar to the characters in “The Big Bang Theory”, and they write with a sort of non-stop dry, witty sarcasm I find quite irresistible. They poke fun at accepted assumptions, while also gently ribbing themselves and other economists. They tackle some interesting subjects like stopping terrorists before they strike, and then manage to make high-end prostitution look like a viable and wise career option. Fantastic.
But that’s enough non-fiction for now, so on to “The Help”.