Summer Reading Recommendations from Our Neuroscience Team

Recommended books at the Corryville branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Photo by Cindy Starr/Mayfield Clinic.

Research shows that vacations are good for your health! Your heart will thank you for getting away from work and its accompanying stresses. For many people, one of the most enjoyable parts of a vacation is indulging in a good book that isn’t related to their day job. If you haven’t read a book yet this summer and you’re not sure where to start, here are recommendations from specialists and associates at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

Joseph Broderick, MD, Chair, Department of Neurology, and Research Director, UCNI

  • Stories: All-New Tales, Edited by Neil Gaiman. A variety of short stories from some of the best current writers of multiple genres.
  • Christianity, by Diarmaid MacCulloch. The most recent definitive history of the origins and evolution of Christianity.
  • The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This book, his second (Shadow of the Wind is also excellent), takes place in Barcelona. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a major location in both novels.

John M. Tew, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Clinical Director, UCNI

  • The Power of the Platform, published by Las Vegas Convention Speaker’s Bureau, which features a chapter by Local 12 anchor Cammy Dierking
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Martin J. Sherwin and Kai Bird
  • Othello, by William Shakespeare
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II, Howard Lyman, and John Robbins.
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Greg Mortenson

Tara Stamper, Nurse Practitioner, UC Brain Tumor Center

  • Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, a story about a patient with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

Michael Privitera, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UC Epilepsy Center

  • Snow, by Irhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize winner) is a depressing but interesting book set in modern-day Turkey that weaves an interesting story in which the protagonist, like the country, is caught between the western and Islamic worlds. It helped me understand some of the issues our country faces in our conflicts in the Middle East through the lives of people who live it.

Keith Wilson, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Director, Division of Head and Neck Oncology

  • Medicine, Miracles & Manifestations: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Worlds of Divine Intervention, Near-Death Experiences, and Universal Energy, By Dr. John L. Turner

Ravi Samy, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Director, Adult Cochlear Implantation Program

  • A Different Drummer, a book about Ronald Reagan by his longtime friend and colleague, Michael Deaver

Kim Seroogy, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Director, Selma Schottenstein Harris for Research in Parkinson’s

  • Just read:  The Last Voyage of Columbus, by Martin Dugard. Eye-opening account of Columbus’s voyages, particularly the fourth, which involve mutiny, shipwreck and other hardships (and some discoveries) in the Caribbean and Central America.
  • Will read:  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson.  Looking forward to reading this 3rd book in the Millennium trilogy of an unconventional Swedish heroine and terrible crimes in Sweden.  Great escapist fun.
  • Recommend:  The Man from Beijing, by Henning Mankell.  Wide-ranging international tale of intrigue.  An excellent read.

Christa McAlpin, Public Relations & Events Specialist

  • The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

Also …

Books from the Mayfield Clinic’s book club

  • Built to Last, by Jim Collins
  • Good to Great, by Jim Collins

August recommendations from the Corryville branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:

  • Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Luov

From your faithful blogger

  • Better, by Atul Gawande, MD
  • Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan

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Special thanks to Frank Dugan, below, Librarian at the Corryville Branch

— Cindy Starr

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