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Monday, August 22, 2011

A new week brings a new book to read: "To End All Wars" by Adam Hochschild.

This week I'm going to begin reading To End All Wars, a book about World War I by Adam Hochschild.  I decided to get this book after reading a review of it by Christopher Hitchens in the New York Times.  However, I've been interested in books about this period, 1914-1918, ever since 9th grade English when I read Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun.  Hochschild's book looks like it will be very interesting.

An interesting and informative read that I recently wrapped-up is A Bitter Pill:  How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly by Dr. John Sloan. Sloan, a Canadian, spent many years of practice caring for frail elderly.  His insights and advise on caring for and living with the "old-old" are spot on.  I highly recommend this book if you are caring for elderly folks - or are planning to become one yourself someday.

Finally, to provide relief from the topics of war and aging, I plan to return to reading about the California surfer scene with Don Winslow's sequel to Dawn Patrol, The Gentlemen's Hour featuring former cop, and now private-eye, Boone Daniels.  I greatly enjoyed Dawn Patrol and am excited about this new book.

All this reading - and Brewers baseball to watch, too!