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review 2014-07-21 16:14
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, MD
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner - Judy Melinek,T.J. Mitchell

Working Stiff is a memoir of Dr. Judy Melinek's two year period as a forensic pathology fellow at the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and is undoubtedly the best book I've read so far this year. I have always been a fan of medical/crime dramas, both fiction and reality, and had previously enjoyed the scientific journalism of Mary Roach, so I had a feeling that I would find Working Stiff absolutely fascinating...and I wasn't disappointed. Within its pages, Dr. Melinek describes her work as a forensic pathologist (medical examiner) with amazing detail and heartfelt honesty as she works to determine the cause and manner of death for a number of individuals. Dr. Melinek presents a variety of cases from all categories: homicide, accident, suicide, natural causes, medical complications, or undetermined. The final chapters focus on her experiences on and in the months following September 11, 2001, as she and her colleagues completed the harrowing and heartbreaking work of identifying the remains from the Twin Towers site. I can honestly say after reading Working Stiff, I have a new appreciation and respect for forensic pathologists and the work they do. Due to its subject matter and graphic nature, Working Stiff certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I found it utterly captivating and extremely informative. Working Stiff is non-fiction at its very best.

Disclaimer: This book has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2014-03-04 17:40
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian - Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir has Hollywood summer blockbuster written all over it.  It features a fascinating extraterrestrial setting and one of the most engaging main characters I've encountered in a good while.  Astronaut Mark Watney is brilliant, funny, extremely clever, calm and cool in the face of danger...he's MacGyver on Mars.  When a dust storm disrupts the first Martian mission and forces his crew to leave him behind on the surface of Mars, he must find a way to survive against seemingly impossible odds.  The Martian is chock-full of science, space, suspense, and survival, and I loved every word. 

 

 

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review 2014-02-16 21:37
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

Whoa, this series has certainly taken a turn down a very dark and twisted path!  I absolutely loved it, but I've been considering reading this series aloud with my 6 1/2 year old daughter, and if I thought the incident with the unicorn in the first book would upset her, then there's no way I'm unleashing the soul-sucking dementors on her just yet.  Looks like we'll be saving Harry Potter until she's a bit older and can handle scary a little better.  When that time comes, I have a feeling she'll love this magical series as much as I do.  It really is fantastic!

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