Books/TV: July 2019

What I read or watched in July 2019.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by: John Carreyrou

This book is about Elizabeth Holmes and the blood testing company she formed named Theranos.  Once you begin the book, you’ll remember parts of the story.  She was all over the news for several years.

The author gives a detailed account of who Holmes’ is, where she came from and how she lied her way to become one of the youngest billionaires in the world.  The story is almost unbelievable.  I say almost because I was convinced (by the details) that the account is accurate.  I wished I would have waited to read it closer to Holmes’ schedule trail next summer.  In the meantime, I’ll be watching the HBO Documentary and Podcast about the story.

The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation by Sheri Salata

This book was recommended to me by a good friend who thought of me as she was reading it.  (The greatest of compliments.)  I too enjoyed the book.  I didn't know anything about Sheri Salata and her time working on The Oprah Winfrey show.  But after reading the stories of her life, I have a new appreciation for her and her work.  What I appreciated most about this book was that it was in the voice of a mid-lifer (like me.)  Salata was over 50 when she started the transformation of the second-half of her life, and from the follow-up research I've read, she's not stopping any time soon.  Her stories of trial, error, and ultimately, triumph are inspiring and remind us all that it's never too late to live the life you were meant to live.

Chernobyl - HBO Miniseries

This limited series on HBO first came to my attention when I read about the increased tourism to the Chernobyl site due to the show’s popularity. I just couldn’t imagine why anyone would voluntarily go to the (still) radioactive area out of curiously spiked by a TV show.  Well, I’m not sure I’d go there, but I did spend almost an hour researching (surfing) online to read up on the area after finishing the show last night.

I thought the show was really terrific.  It caught my attention right away and I looked forward to each episode.  I’ll admit there were a few scenes that had me turning away (severe burns and the killing of contaminated pets) but for the most part, I was riveted by each and every scene.  Leroy asked (in the beginning of the series) if we would find out what really happened, and by all accounts of the follow up I’ve read, the HBO series got it right.  (Of course, this is in conflict with the Soviet Union’s official reporting but that doesn’t surprise any of us, does it?)

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

I’ve always been fascinated by the science of psychology.  Those classes were my favorite in college, and even now, I find myself quite interested in psychological theories and techniques.  I think everyone should have a little knowledge of the subject (to better understand each other.)  If I had a life “re-do,” (knowing what I know now) I would finish college with some form of degree in psychology.  (At least a master’s degree would be required to work in the field.)

I’ve never been in therapy, (even when I probably should have) and I have no reference for the stories Gottlieb tells of her experience with her patients and with her therapist.  I did, however, recognize many of the psychological, emotional, and relationship struggles mentioned.  I think this book is an excellent reference for learning what therapy is and what it is not.  I found myself drawn into the stories and anxious to hear the resolutions.  

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