January 28, 2004
6 Down, 46 To Go

When I finished As Nature Made Him, The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl, I was impressed by both the subject of the book and its author. The story of a biological boy raised as a girl (due to circumcision complications) manages to seamlessly integrate the subject's life while explaining the medical community's often selfish misguided motives and subsequent physical and psychological trauma of the subject. John Colapinto dutifully examines sex roles and the effects of the psychological community on the book subject and the intersex community, painting a horrifying picture of the scientific community that valued ego and publishing over its patients' lives and well-being.

Next on my list is Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, also recommended by Valerie.

Posted by david on January 28, 2004
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i'm impressed that you're going to read middlesex in a week. its intensity and epic scale made it one of my favorite books, but also meant that it took me several weeks to finish. good luck!

Posted by: alison on January 28, 2004 09:03 AM

good luck. i'm reading it now, albeit very slowly and in small amounts, and i love it.

Posted by: the real janelle on January 28, 2004 09:20 AM

So far I'm impressed with the book, the first I've read by Eugenides. The opening chapters have been filled with a magical, if foreboding passages.

My plan is 52 books over the year, some will take a bit longer than a week, some less. I'll probably finish Middlesex by the end of the week, though, I have a business trip that starts tomorrow with plenty of time to fill.

Posted by: david on January 28, 2004 10:18 AM

where do you find the time? amazing. i can't read as much as a brochure lately.

Posted by: rob on January 28, 2004 03:17 PM

I've cut back on the magazines and newspapers I read, as well as television and movies. Luckily, work's been pretty slow, too, so I've had some extra time. I've always been a fast reader, that helps, too.

Posted by: david on January 28, 2004 03:29 PM

it also helps if you're engrossed. when i'm really into a book, i usually can't help but read it, sometimes even at the expense of other things.

Posted by: alison on January 30, 2004 02:17 AM

There's a band name: "Due to Circumcision Complications".

I applaud you and wish you well on your book devouring binge. Are there some guidelines you've adopted? I ask because most of the books on your list look like they're semi-good for you. Reading 52 books like The Life and Times of Michael K would burn me out long before I got to the end.

Posted by: Rev. Bob "Bob" Crispen on January 30, 2004 06:01 AM

I don't have any strictguidelines, but I am reading books that have been recommended by others. I'm trying to read some new genres, though.

Posted by: david on January 30, 2004 09:15 PM

"As Nature Made Him, The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl" might be an impressive book but you might want to read up on what actually happened:

http://www.utexas.edu/courses/bio301d/Topics/Gay/BoyGirl.htm
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/may/04051010.html

Maybe Dr. John Money isn't that impressive, huh?

Posted by: Red on October 17, 2004 09:40 PM

Oops, I made a mistake... I thought the book was the one by John Money... my bad. Sorry.

I guess I better read this one. :D

Posted by: red on October 17, 2004 09:46 PM
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