Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
A fascinating look at the man who revolutionized anesthesia, how he got there, and the rivals he battled over the decades. It has some pretty fascinating (read: gross and morbid) facts about medical procedures in the 1800’s that kept it interesting. You should also check out River City Reading’s review of the book, which she pairs with a movie.
You’ve probably heard about this book a lot over the last two months because it was Mark Zuckerberg’s pick for his new book club. Setting that aside, it’s a really interesting book – especially if you’re a political nut like myself. This approachable book is all about how technology and small groups of people are able to change things and topple existing power regimes in politics, business, and religion.
The Empathy Exams Leslie Jamieson
This book of essays was good but there wasn’t much in it that really grabbed me. That said, most people adored it and I’m pretty much alone in this, so I’m going to point you to this review by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, instead.
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
A wonderful book that follows Isaac, who fled Uganda and landed in America’s midwest. It’s beautiful, complex, and touches on a lot of difficult topics ranging from war, friendship, love, and sacrifice. I highly recommend it and you can read this great review by Zara Alexis here.