Welcome to March and this month's Bookish Nostalgia! I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do. Such fun going back through my notebooks and pondering over the books listed in each month - should I choose this one or, no, choose that one. I'm also really glad when there is an assortment of types of books that 'spoke' to me each time. That seems to be the case for these March entries. Let's begin:
March 1996 - Contagion by Robin Cook - Did you ever read books by Robin Cook? A doctor who wrote medical thrillers - like Michael Crichton. I haven't read one of his books in a long time, but for a while, I think I picked up every one. I started with Coma and went on from there. Contagion was about managed care and how big business (HMOs) was making people sick so that they didn't have to lessen their profits or that's what the pathologist character surmised. Rare diseases were killing people at a New York hospital and time was running out.
March 2001 - The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman - This is a non-fiction book about the clash between two Hmong parents with traditional beliefs in spirits and sickness of the soul and their daughter's pediatricians representing Western medicine. It won a National Book Critics Award, and I thought it was very, very good. Such a dilemma between parents who want to heal their daughter with the traditional medicine of their people and doctors who want to give her anti-epileptic drugs. Highly recommended.
March 2006 - Witch Way To Murder by Shirley Damsgaard - This is the first in a cozy series that is touted to be Bewitched meets Murder She Wrote. I just remember it was a fun book. Ophelia is a small town librarian and also a psychic (which she hates). She has a grandmother named Abby, a kindly witch. Ophelia doesn't want to have anything to do with her gift. She has guilt over not saving her best friend. However, both Ophelia and Abby have to get involved when a drug ring comes to town and someone dies and there's a nice looking man hanging around the library. You get the picture. I think there are 6 or 7 books in this series.
March 2011 - Virgin River by Robyn Carr - I love this book and the ones that come after it. Virgin River is the first book in a wonderful romance series that contains over 20 books. It's set in the beautiful Northern California mountains and is a very well done series and lots of fun. I read a lot of these books at times when I was struggling with tough emotional things. They were perfect. In this book, Melinda is hired to assist the local doctor as a midwife/nurse practitioner. She's been widowed and needs a change of scenery from the big city. However, the cabin she's been promised is awful and the old doctor doesn't want her help. She decides that she'll stay the night and go home. Next morning, she finds a baby abandoned on the front porch and she also comes across Jack, a former marine and owner of the local bar and grill. And life is never the same again.
So, there you go. March books for the last 20 years. A medical thriller, a non-fiction award winner, a cozy mystery, and a romance. I do step out of my mystery world on occasion. See you next month!