Saturday, June 08, 2013

Five notable books about the body

Gabriel Weston is an English surgeon and author. Her memoir entitled Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story was published in February 2009. It was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award in September 2009 and won the PEN/J Ackerley Award for Autobiography in May 2010. Her new novel is Dirty Work.

One of five books about the body that she tagged for the Telegraph:
Decades before going to medical school, I discovered a love of books which focused on the physical aspects of existence. Judy Blume’s Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), read as a child, has stayed with me right into adulthood. Written in diary form, it is an unvarnished account of what it is like to enter puberty as a girl, and I learnt more from this book than from a lifetime of biology lessons.
Read about another book Weston tagged.

--Marshal Zeringue