Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery

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Originally published in: 2018

What it’s about: I’ll let the subtitle speak for itself – “The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick”.

What made me pick it up: A while ago one of my friends added it as to-read on Goodreads and then I eventually put a hold on it and here we are.

My favorite parts: I guess my favorite part is the validation this book provides many women with serious conditions who find it very hard to get adequate, and sometimes any, treatment from medical professionals. The book is well written and informative but sheesh, it’s 2019 and we’re still being written off as hysterical women. It’s very upsetting. I spent the entirety of the book being grateful for not having had most of these experiences yet and being saddened by all the friends I have who suffer from MS, thyroid conditions, fibromyalgia, undiagnosed Lyme, vulvodynia, and vaginismus and all the insufficient remedies they’ve been given. I have certainly been given ridiculously dismissive medical treatment like being told my dysmenorrhea would get better after I had a baby – advice no 16 year old needs to hear. “Don’t worry, you only have to suffer through these symptoms for at least another decade but once you give birth all will be resolved! In the meantime here is a cure-all oral contraceptive!” I know what it’s like to go to doctor after doctor hoping someone will listen and offer actual, helpful treatment. I also know the joy and relief of finding one who does. Women’s whole health and lives are being affected by this poor treatment – from employment to relationships to the will to go on living. The medical profession must do better. Believe women. Trust women. We know our bodies. It’s not all in our heads.

Who it’s great for: All women. And also everybody else, especially doctors.

Erica’s rating: four shells

 

The Disasters by M.K. England

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Originally published in: 2018

What’s it about: A debut YA space opera that follows five washouts from Space Academy around the galaxies while they try to stop the bad guys before time runs out.

What made me pick it up:  I have been looking forward to this debut for a year or so since I got to hear the author talk about their writing process.

My favorite things: A new take on space adventures! As a Star Wars and Firefly nerd I was ready for some space cowboy antics and this totally delivered. Mix in a completely diverse cast of characters and an excellent narrator and I will hand sell this to everyone. England knows how to keep the adrenaline pumping but also manages the interpersonal relationships and reveals well. This book is so much fun you’ll keep flipping pages until you’re done. Then you’ll sit on your hands and hope the author has more books like this coming soon.

Who it’s great for: Fans of sci fi set in space and the aforementioned diehards for Star Wars and Firefly.

Erica’s rating: four shells