Summer Reading List, Part 2:
Books of the Trade
Last week we featured some popular cancer prevention articles you may have missed; this week, we're highlighting books. There’s still time to catch-up on some great health-related reads this summer. We asked a range of health professionals what books they’re now enjoying, and received an inspiring list of ten titles.
Wonder by RJ Palacio
This is an excellent book about a child with facial deformity attending school for the first time after being home schooled for years. The story is told from multiple points of view and explores the perspective of the child, the family members and other members of the community.
—Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
I get asked about this book by so many people when I'm talking about my research during community events. Communicating our scientific findings to the public is such an important part of my job. While I've read many of the research articles that form the basis for the book, I wanted to see how Dr. Campbell explains the findings to non-scientists.
—Kate Wolin, PhD, Loyola University Chicago
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This is a wonderful reminder of ethical issues in the conduct of research and the delicate balance between advancing science and protecting human rights. It is based on a true story and I think anybody doing research in minority populations should read it.
—Elisa Bandera, MD, PhD, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
This shows how people live in areas of the world where longevity -- a healthy, vibrant longevity -- is most common. It's fascinating to me how people in very different areas of the world find ways to live out basic principles of healthy living as part of a lifestyle, not being "on a diet." It is a reminder of how we can each find ways that work for us to develop plant-focused eating habits, keep active, and value our social supports.
—Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, Consultant, and AICR Nutrition Advisor
Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better by Seamus Mullen
Mullen is a top New York chef who discovered that changing his diet helped alleviate symptoms of his rheumatoid arthritis, which were becoming increasingly debilitating. His story and recipes are a testament to the power of food and nutrition, and that healthful eating can still be unspeakably delicious.
—Patrick Bradshaw, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Eat to Lose, Eat to Win by Rachel Beller
This book is a simple guide to eating healthier; the author debunks popular diet myths in simple terms, gives quick and tasty recipe ideas for meals and snacks and explains the nutrition science behind the recommendations. I think it's a great read for anyone, whether you are just getting started thinking about nutrition and health, or if you already have a solid background!
—Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center
What Color is Your Diet? by David Heber
This book is focused on getting people to put more "color" in their diet and in doing so both increasing the amount of phytonutrients as well as reducing calories and increasing overall health. Dr. Heber established the Division of Clinical Nutrition at UCLA in 1983 and has been a professor of Medicine at UCLA for quite some time. I am interested in his take on what to eat and why.
—Susan Bratton, Meals to Heal CEO
This book is an enlightening and fun narrative about the author’s resolutions to reach a happier state of mind and make every day meaningful. It’s an honest, insightful, inspirational and well researched, with interesting facts about the science of happiness; a perfect book club summer read!
—Anjali Patel, MPH, RD, Healthy Dining
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Mukherjee makes this story - how we’ve come to understand, study and view cancer - a compelling read. I love the way he explores the lives and passions of scientists, doctors, patients and activists who have shaped and inspired the research and treatment and puts it in historical context. And while it’s professionally fascinating for me, I also feel like I’m being taken on the cancer journey in a deeply personal way – connecting me in a new way to my loved ones who have had cancer.
—Alice Bender, MS, RDN, AICR Communication Manager
The book is about the discovery of sulfa antibiotics and the impact that these drugs had on public health. I liked the book because it was a nice mix of science and history. It was a substantial book, but was written very much like an action-adventure novel. The result was a very exciting read.
—Joshua Lambert, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University