Saturday, October 1, 2011
Now that I'm not working, I have time to (gasp) read for fun. It's been a long time coming.
And I have taken advantage of it. One book that I read recently is In Stitches by Anthony Youn, MD.
Autobiographies are a difficult thing to write. You want to be thoughtful, entertaining, yet true to your past - which is not an easy balance of things to do. And Dr. Youn manages. His is a story that many people can relate to - the need to simultaneously honor and escape your past, the need to excel and the work involved in doing so. He is honest enough to admit his flaws, again not an easy thing to do.
Doctors will smile as his wit draws pictures of med school that others will swear are exaggerated, but we know are not. We all have his Nancy in our memories.
He evokes growing up in small-town Western Michigan well. And as an MSU grad, I loved the memories of E. Lansing...although I tended to hang out at Harrison's Roadhouse instead of USA Cafe. ;)
And we can all enjoy his growth from boy to man. It is an honor to share in that journey. Read this book!