Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.
Adventures in Human Being – Gavin Francis (Profile Books)
“If the body is a foreign country, then to practice medicine is to explore new territory. Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human. Both a user’s guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.”
Gavin Francis blends his own experience in learning and treating, the history of various fields, and anecdotal stories and neat turns of phrase that make the world of the body and its working both fun and accessible to those with a passing interest. A very good book.
Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne (Usborne)
“All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…”
Evie wants to be normal, dreams of being normal, but simply isn’t. She can’t be around people, she can’t block out the bad thoughts, she finds herself acting the same way as those who she fears would judge her when in certain situations. As she enters the world of dating at college, all while on the road to recovery as her meds are lowered, it’s a crash course in the ups and downs, how it impacts family and friendships, and how mental health can add strain to these already fraught things. A one-sitting book, and brilliant example of the upsurge in issue-driven YA.