spring book summary | WJCT News


The “What does health have to do with it?” Team shared our favorite spring health books, just in time to grab one to read in the sun.

“Growing Boldly: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Garden”

Heath darlingthe series’ executive producer writes:

“I grew up in the food industry and contribute to Edible Northeast Florida. In recent years I’ve become much more interested in growing some of my own food as a result of the pandemic, a desire to eat less processed and more organic food for health reasons, and to help the environment (yes, I’m a total Tree Hugger!).

So, of course, To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard by Tamar Haspel caught my eye immediately. Since getting back into gardening, I’ve done well with my flowers, herbs, and citrus, but I still have some plans for other fruits and vegetables. To that end I will take any advice I can get and I loved that the author shared her journey from ignorance to competence which makes the book very relatable.”

“Growing Boldly: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Garden”

Dr Sirven‘s favorite book of the year so far is “Whole Brain Living – The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive Our Lives” by dr Jill Bolte Taylor.

He writes:

“I’m a big fan of Dr. Taylor, especially after writing her best-selling New York Times memoir, Stroke of Insight, which describes what she learned from a stroke. In this follow-up book, she masterfully combines a recipe for mastering your brain with easy-to-understand neuroscientific language. The result is part self-help and part neuroanatomy education. To paraphrase the Jerry McGuire movie, she had me on Brain.”

“The Invisible Kingdom: Reinventing Chronic Illness”

Associate Producer Catherine Hobbsour Associate Producer, found comfort and familiarity in Meghan O’Rourke‘s The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness.

Catherine writes:

“Like Meghan, I have complex chronic illnesses that have puzzled doctors for years. One of the most frustrating aspects of my search for answers has been the loneliness. It felt like no one understood what I was going through and much like Meghan, I found solace in writing about my experiences. Reading Meghan’s account of her experiences with the sometimes cold and sterile medical system felt familiar — like reading a different version of my own diaries.

The Invisible Kingdom warmly voices questions of injustice that chronically ill patients often face. I’m so grateful for Meghan’s ability to unpack the stigma and over-pathologization of Western medicine while allowing room for optimism that our medical system can be better for those who rely on it most.”


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