Christmas Giving book reviews

The Rooster Bar
by John Grisham
For the reader who adores a legal thriller, consider John Grisham’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel, The Rooster Bar. A trio of young friends enter law school with young ideological minds about changing the world. But what happens when reality strikes and truth seems far-fetched? The cold hard facts slap the trio of future attorneys in the face when they realize their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator. Is there a way to escape the pressing debt that each of them borrowed to finance law school? And what about the scam? Is there a way to expose it without suffering the consequences of whistleblower? Find a comfy, cozy spot in front of the fire and prepare to become entrenched with The Rooster Bar.

Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
with Lynn Vincent
This book spent more than one hundred weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and is now a major motion picture. Same Kind of Different as Me follows the story of an upscale art dealer and a homeless man. It’s an unlikely friendship to say the least. It’s a heart-warming story of redemption highlighting that no matter how different each person may be from his neighbor, there are a wealth of similarities. Bitterness shows up on all fronts. Privilege and prestige sharply contrasts with homelessness and humiliation. And of course, there’s a woman with a dream—but not just a fairy tale dream. This dream is built on a firm foundation. For a gritty, down and dirty story of love, reconciliation, and improbable relationships, Same Kind of Different as Me has a lot to offer.

Call the Midwife
by Jennifer Worth
Reading Jennifer Worth’s stories of colorful characters was akin to stepping back in time and experiencing the respect and esteem midwives warranted. In Call the Midwife, readers are reminded that most London midwives rode their bikes through the perilous and poverty-stricken city streets to meet the needs of their patients. There was nary a time of trouble for these women as their professions earned them badges of honor. Midwives were privy to the most intimate time in a woman’s life. They carried secrets to their graves. Call the Midwife is packed with personal stories upon which the midwife is called to serve as counselor, social worker and medical assistant. Made into a BBC mini-series, it is worthy of reading and watching. With a natural gift of storytelling, Worth captivates readers, as tears flow equally from laughter and heartache. It’s a book for any person who has ever been a mother or a child.

Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande
For those people who will die someday, read this book. For those people who know someone who will die someday, read this book. For those facing chronic illness, read this book. For those with loved ones facing terminal illness, read this book. Everyone should read this book.
Being Mortal focuses on the single part of life that each and every person will experience someday, and that part of life is death. But death is a downer argue the nay-sayers. It’s not a choice conversation piece. However, as America ages at a dramatic rate, and as Western medicine boosts an infinite number of prescriptions and plans, tablets and treatments, there is definite doom and gloom unless communication increases. It is imperative to have “the talk” and it doesn’t involve birds and bees.
Award-winning author and medical professional Atul Gawande strategically weaves stories and statistics into the bestseller Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. As a surgeon, Gawande has been trained to save lives. He’s been taught to cure, to remedy, to resolve. But what happens when doctors are short on answers? Is the medical community able to be honest that its power is limited? And what verbiage is useful to clearly communicate to a patient that a situation is dire?

From the storytellers of the pages
of these books to the ones that reside
in your home, here’s hoping your
Christmas season is full of stories, especially the one that makes an
eternal impression. Merry Christmas.