Dec 032014
 
Review: Allison's Brain

This was a really remarkable story of survival. I was quite impressed at how determined Allison was to recover, and how much her recovery seemed to be influenced by that determination. As an insider view of the Canadian health system, it was both eye opening, and slightly saddening. It was good to see the highlights, but it clearly shows that our healthcare could use some improvements. It’s not without flaws, even while being quite amazing. For instance, Allison has access to world class surgeons, but encountered several delays in obtaining an actual surgery date. The story is narrated by Allison’s […]

Nov 262013
 
Review: The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister

This was a remarkable story about a young Russian girl who lived through WWII and the Holocaust. There are obvious ties to Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, but since it’s told from a completely different nationality, and from someone who survived, it makes for a uniquely different story. Something that really struck me was how many happy memories Nonna included in her tale. This isn’t just a stark look at the horrors she survived, but there are as many joyful memories from her past, both before the war and during the early years. It was heartening to know […]

Feb 142013
 
Review: I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD

This was a very honest and simple memoir. I rarely read memoirs, but this one was very eye-opening while still being entertaining. People tend to think of OCD in a very narrow perspective, and this book really helped to highlight some of the lesser known aspects. As someone without OCD, some of the scenarios described in the book seem incredible, but when taken into the context of a mental illness, it just seems scary. The fact that it is so hard to fight and controllable OCD is one of the main things that makes it a such a scary illness. […]