What are you reading? book suggestions for health and fitness

You  have guessed that I like books and reading.  As a child I visited my local library weekly, and I still do, mostly virtually now. By email I receive a weekly newsletter about new books, music, and videos available at my local library. I reserve material and receive a notice when it’s available. I don’t have time to read everything that sounds interesting, so I am selective. I have shared some of them  here already.

A Natural Woman, a memoir by singer/songwriter Carole King

Working Stiff, a memoir by medical examiner Dr. Judy Melinek

Every week or two I will share a list of health and fitness related books from the newsletter. I have not read all of them- I post them here for your consideration. If you  read one let me know what you think about it. I might invite guest book reviewers. If you don’t have a library convenient, or  prefer to own books, they are available from book sellers. Here are this week’s selections.

the New York public library
a highlight of my tour of New York City



The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health 

Campbell, T. Colin


Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West.




Do No Harm

Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

Marsh, Henry


A leading neurosurgeon offers a revealing look into his life and work, discussing the triumphs, disasters, and regrets of a medical practice that carries grave risks and often requires agonizing decisions.







Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in your Skin…every Inch of It

Gibbons, Brittany


A plus-sized blogger shares anecdotes about her life as a weird, overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, including stories about dating, relationships, dieting, and finally accepting her curves.







Grain of Truth

The Real Case for and Against Wheat and Gluten

Yafa, Stephen H.


Analyzes the current trend against wheat consumption, tracing its role in history and science to share facts about how wheat has been wrongly demonized and holds an important and nutritious role in dietary health

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