To celebrate book appreciate days (like National Book Lover’s Day, National Science Fiction Day and Read Across America Day) we asked our genetics community to share their favorite genetic/healthcare books. Check out all the book recommendations below!
There are so many good ones! Right now, I'm excited to start reading The Social Life of DNA. @sociallifeofdna
— Sara Cherny (@Sara_Cherny) August 9, 2017
Fiction: The Chrysalids, Never Let Me Go (genetics-ish); Non-Fiction: The Boy in the Moon, The Case Against Perfection, Genetic Rounds
— Alexis Carere (@AlexisCarere) August 9, 2017
— dnapodcast (@DNApodcast) August 9, 2017
Agreed! Fantastic book that thoughtfully challenges perceptions of health, disease, family, and identity!
— Erica Bednar (@EMBOSU) August 9, 2017
Great question! The Family That Couldn't Sleep, by D.T. Max is about fatal familial insomnia and prions in general and it is fantastic.
— Brittany Gancarz (@GeneGrayDNA) August 9, 2017
Far from the tree, being mortal, secret life of henrietta lacks
— Colleen Caleshu (@colleencaleshu) August 9, 2017
I second Far from the Tree and Immortal Henrietta Lacks! Also Saving Henry. Adding all of these other ones to my reading list asap ????
— Andria Besser (@DriaBess) August 9, 2017
— My Gene Counsel (@MyGeneCounsel) August 9, 2017
— Genetic Counselors (@GeneticCouns) August 9, 2017
Mendel's Dwarf. Jurassic Park. The Brothers Karamozov (ok might be a stretch. good book tho!)
— laura hercher (@laurahercher) August 9, 2017
I enjoyed the Boy Who Loved to Much, Inside the O'Briens, Still Alice, The Gene Machine & so much more! I have an entire list! 🙂
— Aishwarya Arjunan, MS, MPH, CGC, CPH (@aishuarjun) August 9, 2017
Can't wait to hear about everyone's favorites https://t.co/MFT0K03UDh
— Robin Schwartz (@RobinSchwartz15) August 9, 2017
Good topic! I'm a fan of Psyche and Helix by Robert Resta.
— Kyle W. Davis (@kylewalterdavis) August 10, 2017
I loved Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides about 5-alpha reductase deficiency and a Greek American family in Detroit. ????????
— Tami Johnston (@TamiJohnston_GC) August 10, 2017
Just finished The Family Gene and loved it as well!
— Andria Besser (@DriaBess) August 10, 2017
"Pretty Is What Changes" By Jessica Queller
— Taylor Berninger (@TayJaneGC) August 10, 2017
Genetic Explanations by Sheldon Krimsky
— Elhabyan MD (@A_Elhabyan) August 19, 2017
I just finished the @UWMadison "Big Read" Hillbilly Elegy. Worth reading, but I thought last year's Evicted was much more powerful. Other faves: Watership Down, Americanah, and the Saga graphic novel series! https://t.co/9jqnvRLOym #ReadAcrossAmericaDay
— Amy Donahue (@ultimatelibrarn) March 2, 2018
— Matt Tschirgi, LCGC (@Matt_Tschirgi) March 2, 2018
Obviously Middlesex, but also, if you like fantasy, A Discovery of Witches is great and has quite a bit of genetics involved. #allsoulstrilogy
— Dena DNA (@DenaTalksDNA) March 2, 2018
All time favorite that I recommend ALL the time to everyone? #farfromthetree – but also always #harrypotter. Current book is 'Living a Life That Matters'. Also 'The Emperor of All Maladies' – the current Pitt Public health community read.
— Natasha Berman, MS, MPH, CGC (@nkrberman) March 2, 2018
My all time favorite story is "Pride & Prejudice". I'll devour it in all forms. My favorite nerd book is "Batman and Psychology". Next on my list is "Gone Girl". My guilty pleasures are anything in the baking mystery genre. pic.twitter.com/CGFh2oCpeR
— Maija Rannikko Trout (@_mai_ran) March 2, 2018
I haven't seen the movie version of Wonder yet but loved the book. For a fun/light/more chic-lit read that still has some genetics undertones, check out The Rosie Project
— Rebekah Moore MS LGC (@GeneticsRebekah) March 3, 2018
A Wind in The Door -really all the Madeleine L’Engle Books. More recently-The Art of Racing in The Rain and Wild
— Tara Schmidlen (@TJSchmidlen) March 3, 2018
Recent favorites: The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. And I'm throwing in a movie too: Three Identical Strangers. A must see for #genetics peeps!
— My Gene Counsel (@MyGeneCounsel) August 9, 2018
I've been reading "She Has Her Mother's Laugh" by @carlzimmer. Interesting book exploring hereditary concepts and the affects on economics, culture, politics etc. Looking forward to discussing w/ #geneticcounseling students during @slc_gc_grads orientation! #BookLoversDay #gcchat https://t.co/IBPhJcTFpB
— dnapodcast (@DNApodcast) August 9, 2018
A new rec from me: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Not all of the data in it has replicated but nevertheless an enlightening look into the decision-making processes in our brains (relevant since we facilitate a lot of decision making!).
— Leslie Ordal (@GenCounsNews) August 9, 2018
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