R2013: 02, 03

02. Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown*

So adorbs. Like ridiculously freaking adorbs in a nerdy/geeky way (which, really let’s face it, is the best way). The title is pretty self-explanatory. I like that he put them in pretty iconic, recognizable situations and quoted the original film too. The contexts are a little different, but that, of course, is what makes it hilarious. (Look at all the commas! In my blurb, not the book.)

LOOK HOW FRACKING CUTE

*What? This totally DOES TOO count.

On a different note…

03. Baby Doctor by Perri Klass

I figured I would read this because one of my interns when I was on NICU recommended it. One of our upper levels was pregnant at the time, and we were talking about the poignant and difficult moments during resident training and how having a kid of your own at home impacts your empathy and judgment and perspective. These are things that Klass talks about as she chronicles her journey through her pediatrics residency. I thought that it would be interesting to peruse it before I go down that path myself.

Ultimately, I was kind of disappointed by the read. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the whole thing felt rather superficial. I think the intended audience is more the general layperson and not so much someone in the medical field. She does tackle some tough topics like handling death and sleep deprivation, seeing your own children in your patients, and the doubt that suffuses every intern the first time someone addresses them as doctor. However, I felt like each essay could have delved deeper and explored the topic more. It almost seemed like I was reading her viewpoints through a very thick filter. I kept thinking that things were being left out, the key parts were missing. In fact, the times when she sounds most honest and comes closest to truth are the times when she quotes her own diaries from her training years. Those were the unimpeded glimpses.

I left the book feeling like she spent a lot of time worrying about how whiny and complain-y she sounded, which I didn’t think was an issue until she repeatedly drew attention to it. Overall, there are a few truly great moments in the book, a few pearls of wisdom, and some laugh-out-loud quotes, but I didn’t put it down feeling like I really learned anything.

Only the Kindle version was available.

Next up, another real life book. I’ll get back to novels soon, I promise.

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