Subway Mistake and Recent Reads

Have you ever gotten on the wrong subway?  Have you ever made a fool of yourself by hysterically jumping out of your seat upon the moment of realization?  Yup, that's me!  It happened last night while I was reading Time Magazine's Special Health report, How to Live 100 Years.  My head was buried in the pages, and my feet audaciously waltzed right into the green-line E train, which took me in the exact opposite direction from Cambridge, my home!  Oh dear.  But fortunately, I continued my stimulating conversation with Time Magazine, where I learned some interesting things about online dating Seeking My Race-Based Valentine Online.  Haha, I'm a nerd- I know! Speaking of reading...
Currently Reading
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
by David Kessler
published 2009
Sorry to keep bringing up my Health Claims class, but one of the course requirements is to read 5 books from a preselected list.  This is one.  It seems like this book has been getting a lot of shelf space at the bookstores, so I figured I should know what it's about.  I'm only a few chapters in.  We'll see.
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
published 1957
This book is denser than my grandma's bread pudding!  I bought the compact paperback version thinking it would be smaller and more manageable on the subway.  But the hefty 1069-pages still feels like a rock in my purse.  Although Ayn Rand is pretty amazing, I'm not sure if I still consider this my "for fun" book.  : )

Just Finished
Bodies
by Susie Orbach
published 2009
Orbach, a psychoanalyst, explains how the obssessive pursuit for a perfect body has gone beyond healthy.  Her questions are interesting, and unconventional.  How does body image control identity?  Has the body become a mere commodity, an endless hole for our money and time, and a constant project for alteration, toning, fixing, and shaping?  These are just some of her themes.
Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table  
A Collection of Essays from the New York Times
edited by Amanda Hesser
published 2009

On Hold at the BPL
Terrors of the Table: A Curious History of Nutrition
by Walter Gratzer
published 2005
(another book for my Health Claims class!)

So friends, what are you reading? 
bye!
Rachel

7 comments:

Kasey said...

I need to find a new read! All of these books look really interesting. Let me know how you like them!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

Lots of great reads you have there! For NNM we are participating in a Wellness Expo (on March 10th, RD Day!) where we will have a healthy eating quiz, taste testing, and some other information. Then on March 22nd we are having a career panel with dietitians in different areas of practice (sports nutrition, food service, etc) come and talk about "a day in the life" and how they got where they are today :)

Mollie said...

OMG Ayn Rand kills me!

I just finished Baking Cakes in Kigali - really good!

And I'm working on Reading Lolita in Tehran - absolutely amazing!!!

Mo said...

I love Amanda Hesser! I haven't heard of a couple of those books. We're going to be on a plane all day Saturday, I may have to look them up for some reading material. Thanks for reviews.

Gina said...

Great book suggestions! I have turned into a reader during the past couple years, and am currently reading a non-fiction book called "The Monster of Florence" and also a nutrition book called "SuperFoods" (it's AWESOME!).

Oh, and by the way, I HAVE gotten on the wrong Subway before. Nick and I were in NYC on our way to a Yankee game. Well, we were completely lost and got on the wrong Subway...and long story short, we never saw the game :(

Gina said...

Thanks for that link about McCain's supplement act! I do know that the FDA already has recall authority, BUT at this time it's very hard to do and it takes a lot of effort, plus the internet makes it possible for people to continue selling them.
Go McCain!

Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro said...

Umm... I think you need to start a book club. :) Then hold organized discussions... say, once a month?

I just read Molly Wizenberg's "Stories from my Kitchen Table." I'm onto a Michael Ruhlman book next, I think. But - definitely going to have to put "Eat. Memory" on my list.

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