Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Book meme

I got tagged by Nicole! Okay, so she tagged everyone.

Total Number of Books Owned: A little over 1456

Last book bought: The Discovery of Insulin by Michael Bliss. Very interesting. What a lot of drama went on.

Last Book Read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (I actually reread the whole series after reading DH originally.)

Five Books That Mean a Lot to You:

1. Using Insulin by John Walsh. Seriously.
2. Type 1 Diabetes by Ragnar Hanas. Makes me want to move to Scandinavia.
3. The Silent Language by Edward T. Hall. Really, most of his books. Completely fascinating and explained things I had been wondering about (and struggling with) for a long time.
4. Longer Views by Samuel Delany - Amazing writer, amazing book.
5. Fire in the Lake: the Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald - I was stunned when I first read this. I had to check the publication date repeatedly because I couldn't believe it. I even met a Vietnam scholar who didn't know this book. Apparently the least known and best book on the subject? No wonder it seems history is doomed to repeat itself.

Best Five Books You Read in the Last Year: I haven't read a lot of books in the past year because of my eyes (not related to diabetes)

1. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Healthcare in Urban America by Laurie Kaye Abraham - I knew a lot of it already, but the book really brought it home.
2. Abraham by Bruce Feiler - About the role of Abraham in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Boy did he ever do some crazy things! And yet it all worked out somehow.
3. Medicine and Culture by Lynn Payer - I think "Sicko" left some things out when praising France's medical system, heh. I'm not going to tell you; you'll have to read about it.
4. Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee - can that man ever write. It was refreshing just to read something that well-written.
5. Okay, not a book but a series: the Mas Arai series by Naomi Hirahara. Pretty good mysteries and felt pretty familiar to me. I think she got it right.

I guess I will do the open tag thing, too. Do it if you want!


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Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Diabetic Athlete

Dr. Sheri Colberg is revising her book The Diabetic Athlete. The first edition came out in 2001, and I know I've been hoping for a new one. She needs input from diabetics who exercise - should be all of us, right? ;) - so go here to fill out her questionnaire.