Monday, May 15, 2017

You've Read That? Now Read This! Patient H69

You’ve Read That?

Many times while I am reading I will find a similarity or connection to a book I have already read. It might be the same topic, but sometimes it's something not as easy to pinpoint.  I'm highlighting three books I think readers will enjoy based on their experience with a certain book.  

This week's feature: Patient H69 by Vanessa Potter

Patient H69: The Story of My Second Sight is Vanessa Potter's account of how she lost her sight within just 72 hours.  Her ability to give a detailed description of the events that led up to her blindness, her hospitalization, and what it felt like to feel helpless and vulnerable.  One point of interest is that this book is set in Britain, and the healthcare system is structured differently than the United States.

The second part of this book focuses on the science of eyesight.  This was interesting even for someone who isn't extremely interested in science, and doesn't require a wealth of background knowledge. 

So if you've read that....

Now Read This!

Girl in the dark by Anna Lyndsey -Lyndsey was leading a normal, happy life when she started having some strange symptoms to light.  Eventually her condition, which has no cure, has forced her into living her life in a dark room - unable to be exposed to light in any form.  

Don't Leave Me This Way by Julia Fox Garrison - I read this one so long ago that the details are no longer with me. However, I do remember Garrison's resilience and continued efforts to regain all she had lost when she suffered a debilitating stroke at thirty-seven years of age.

Crashing Through by Robert Kurson - Kurson became blind after a childhood accident, and then had an operation to restore his eyesight as an adult.  The adjustment isn't as happy or easy as one may think. This book gives an in-depth look at what getting to see again really means for those who are blind.

What other title would be good read-alikes?

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