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Divergent Book Review

I started reading Divergent in my undergrad, about junior year. I made it probably one chapter before I got distracted with life. Fast forward two years and I picked it back up and read the whole thing within a week’s time. What an amazing read! At the beginning and maybe still, some of the people confused me. There are a lot of characters to keep straight. The movie will help me with that one, which is why I am going to wait to read the second book until I see the first movie.

I absolutely LOVE the relationship created between Tris and Four. Sorry, not sorry. I’m a sucker for love and they are just too cute. Don’t let this push you away from reading if you are thinking, “Welp, don’t want to read a cheesy romantic chick book.” Because even though relationships form in the book, there is so much action that takes place and a whole different story line, that you can buff through that romance part.

I don’t want to talk much about the plot because I don’t want to ruin it if you plan to read the book (Which you should!) I just wanted to put my $0.02 in and say it was a great read and I’m really excited to read the second one!

I’ve now moved onto my second book: Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee

I have a few other books I picked up from the library, so hopefully I can quickly read through those because in two weeks I will be starting on a more educational read that I will kindly take notes and share with my coworkers a short synopsis. It is called Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Q: What are you currently reading?

Q: What are some of your favorite books?

Q: Did you read Divergent?

Book Review: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

 

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

This book was a required reading in our Nutrition Counseling class and I’m really thankful for that. The book follows the story of a Hmong child named Lia Lee who has a seizure disorder. They reside in Merced, California and are a long way from their roots. Throughout the story you discover the culture barriers and attitudes from American doctors towards the Hmong.

Every person who works with those of different culture should read this, especially in the medical field. It applies in every field though because I’m sure just in daily life, you meet someone that may be a lot different than you. Different values, beliefs and culture can be a huge barrier in communication. But it doesn’t have to be. This is a great book and definitely recommended.

My rating from Goodreads

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two CulturesThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting book and I believe anyone going into the healthcare field should read this book. Some chapters are really dry because it goes into the Hmong history and things such as war, and that doesn’t interest me. However, there were only a few of those chapters and the others were quick reads. Definitely has opened my eyes when having to communicate with those of a different culture, especially for my future in dietetics.

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I have three books I have started reading since Summer, but was really intrigued by reviews of “Girls in White Dresses.” So I have started that two days ago and am almost half way through it. Keep checking back for that review!

Q: What books have you read recently?
Q: Have you read “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down?”
Q: Have you read “Girls in White Dresses?”

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