The quest for the artificial heart, recipes for runners, and more
Being up to date on all things health andwellnessis social andcultural currencythese days. And while quick-hit news bites are great, in-depth reads are still a worthy pursuit. Many non-fiction books come out every month, though, and it can feel overwhelming to cut through the clutter. That’s why we started theFurthermore book club. Here, our picks for this month.
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The Gist: In 1950, the first pacemaker was put to use, and in 1952, the first artificial heart valves were implanted. Yet, nearly 70 years on, and a permanent artificial heart still remains elusive. Two-time National Magazine Award winner Mimi Swartz gives a riveting look at why the task has proved so daunting, told through the failures and triumphs of renowned heart surgeon O.H. “Bud” Frazier, M.D.
The Gist: Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, killing more people at a rate higher than the H.I.V. epidemic at its peak. In her new book, Beth Macy, winner of a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, charts the evolution of the national opioid crisis. She explores how prescription pill and heroin abuse festered in places like rural Appalachia before fanning out to the rest of the country, and illustrates how it’s easier to get addicted than it is to get treatment.
The Gist: In 2017, long-distance runner Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the NYC Marathon. In her second book, she and co-author Elyse Kopecky highlight the nutrient-packed, endurance-boosting meals and snacks that fueled her training. Plus, Flanagan reveals her strength routine, active recovery stretches, and top race tips.
The Gist: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, integrates decades of scientific research on meditation into this book that purports to “awaken the mind to new possibilities of being and doing.”
The Gist: New York City forager, cook, kitchen gardener, and writer Marie Viljoen elevates the lowly weed into the realm of legitimate vegetable. She gives tips on how to collect, prepare, and cultivate 36 wild plants, and then uses them in imaginative, at times fanciful, recipes including wisteria gin cocktails and cattail blinis to beef and burdock root osso buco.