Thursday, April 6, 2017

a couple of books

Hillbilly Elegy

I do like a good memoir.  This one is TERRIFIC, and it explains so much culturally in our own country.  I have a few similar roots in some of the more distant family history--I can identify with a few things he says.  But mostly, as a middle class family, it's extremely foreign.  Vance is a good communicator though so you'll feel that familiar "I'm smellin' what you're steppin' in" sense as you read.  (As a sidenote, in addition to Jeff Sharlet's reporting on religion in America and his wonderful book "The Family," this book is required reading if you want to understand part of what elected Trump.)

The Secret Life of Fat

So interesting--did you know fat is actually an organ?!  She really makes a case about all the ways fat helps/protects us, and then she works with how to keep it in balance.  She also uses the science and then personal journey experiences to get to the nitty gritty of actually losing it.