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The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by Angelo Volandes, M.D.

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The subject of our mortality is painful for many Americans to consider let alone discuss with others. As a result, many of us put off having a conversation with our loved ones and doctors about our end-of-life care wishes. Often, this results in second-guessing, anguish, and guilt. To highlight the need for each of us to plan for end-of-life care, the author explores the end-of-life experiences of seven seriously-ill hospital patients, ranging from palliative care to intense intervention. Dr. Volandes provides information about the latest free online video resources to aid readers in having “The Conversation” about preferences ahead of time with loved ones and doctors.

Written with insight and compassion, this book is a quick, must-read for anybody who does not have end-of-life care plans in place.  

"Me before You: a novel" by Jojo Moyes

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Me before You is the story of Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. “Lou” is a small town British girl, living with her zany family, and a waitress in a small Tea Shoppe. She answers an ad in the paper for a companion to a young man, and is hired for her likability and cheerfulness. Will, who was once a very active man, had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. His depression and sorrow are understood, but his mother would like him to live life in a different way. What follows is a combining of heart and soul, as these two unlikely people share their lives careening toward an unbelievable ending.

Doctor Sleep : a novel by Stephen King

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Doctor Sleep is not a re-telling of Jack Torrence and the creepy Overlook Motel.  The book works as a stand-alone novel, a bit of a sequel, but truly a new story with recurring characters from The Shining.

Starting with a summary of Danny and his mother's life over the past thirty five years, Doctor Sleep moves into the present where we find Danny coming to terms with his past; recovering from an abusive alcoholic father and fighting his own battle with sobriety.  Doctor Sleep is a humane story with a twist, characters can read minds, see the future, and communicate telepathically. However humane, King's ability to scare the heck out of you is still powerfully strong! 

Delicious! By Ruth Reichl

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Billie Breslin has an incredible gift. She can identify any flavor, no matter how subtle, with just one taste. Follow Billie as she moves to New York City to pursue a career in food journalism at the well known Delicous! Magazine. Away from her family and feeling out of place in a new city, Billie learns to find total comfort in her eclectic coworkers. 

I love reading. I love food. I especially love reading about food. Delicious! is a fun read and is filled with so many twists I never expected. It's a story with a rich history, intriguing characters, and I guarantee your mouth will water more than once.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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The second book in King’s trilogy, Finders Keepers picks up a few years after the Mercedes killer’s murder spree. Young Peter Saubers, whose father was disabled in one of the killer’s rampages, finds an old trunk full of money and notebooks. His father’s out of work, still recovering from his injuries while his mother’s work hours have been reduced. Then, like manna from heaven, an anonymous envelope of money arrives in the mail every month for several years, offering just enough financial breathing room for the family to inch their way out of debt. Peter’s fascination with the contents of the notebooks and his growing understanding of the notebooks’ importance lead him into a world of obsession where some people will do anything to get their hands on them. Meanwhile, odd things happen at the nursing home where Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes killer, resides.

Finders Keepers’ suspenseful handling of how obsession affects people makes for a satisfying read.

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