What I’ve been reading…

I just finished two books I wanted to share.  They’re very different from each other, but both very good.

The first was “Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter”, written by Kate Clifford Larson.  The book was about Rosemary Kennedy, one of Joe and Rose Kennedy’s many children.  She was born mentally disabled but the family didn’t realize it for a few years.  The Kennedy parents sent her to many different schools, teachers, and facilities before she underwent a lobotomy in her early 20s.  Apparently, at that time, there was a social stigma attached to the disabled and handicapped, especially for prominent families.  It seemed to me that the Kennedys did the best they could for Rosemary but unfortunately, the lobotomy worsened her condition.  She was then sent away to a facility in the Midwest where she spent the rest of her life.  Her family visited her sporadically and more so in her later years.  It was a sad book and an interesting commentary on society from that time.

The second was “How Not to Die”, written by Michael Greger, M.D.  This book is essentially a guide as to what foods are best for fighting and/or preventing certain ailments.  Apparently, flax seed is the ultimate superfood and helps with everything from cancer prevention to menopause symptoms.  You have to store it very carefully and grind it shortly before using, which I didn’t know before reading this book.

I tried reading “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer about the Koch brothers, but it was too detailed and unfortunately didn’t hold my attention.

I’m waiting for Richard Engel’s new book from the library so that’s next on my list.

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What I’ve been reading…

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