I know I’m a bit late to the game, but you should cut me some slack because I’ve been waiting about 3 months to get my hands on Dr. Michael Greger’s new book, How Not To Die.
In an effort to cut down spending, I requested the book through my local library – apparently along with many other people – and therefore had a seriously long wait before I finally got to the top of the waitlist.
A couple first impressions of the book:
1. Definitely much longer than I thought! It’s 404 pages long with 8 pages of appendix, followed by nearly 125 pages of notes. These notes provide specific sources for each of the tidbits and citations in the body of the book
2. Well organized layout. Each chapter provides a narrative and well-researched outline of “how not to die” from the top 15 leading causes of death. There is also a section on Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen which includes info on a dozen habits to include in daily life for nutritious and healthy living.
I’m only 45 pages into the book currently, so I have a long way to go. But so far, it’s an interesting read.
I would suggest it to anyone looking to inform themselves about the importance of a plant-based diet, whether you’re already consuming plant foods or not.
If I had to pick an author that I’m particularly fond of, I would choose Margaret Atwood. She is incredibly talented and has written so many books! Recently, I found out that The Handmaid’s Tale is being made into a live-action film; definitely excited to see that! After seeing a commercial for the film, I decided to look into more books by Margaret Atwood. There were so many that I hadn’t read yet!
The Year of the Flood (written back in 2009 – I had no idea!) is about a dystopian society – one of her favorite themes – that is set in the future and weaves in topics of environmentalism, vegetarianism, distrust of The Man, and female strength. The majority of the leading characters are women, and they display their strength in their mode of employment, their personal histories, and the challenges that are set upon them throughout the book.
I found the novel to be really interesting in its set up. The chapters jump between several narrators and different time periods as well. There is a pseudo-cultish/religious flavor to it that helps to organize the book and the time jumps in each chapter. There is a nice pattern to the switches and the pseudo-religion provides a glimpse into an interesting facet of this dystopian universe.
The title of the book also hints at the religious theme; calling to mind the great flood that necessitated Noah’s Ark and the collecting of animal pairs. The flood that takes place in this dystopian world however, is not one of water. Though the book doesn’t come out with a complete answer, there are small hints strewn throughout the book that help readers to imagine what kind of waste this flood left in its wake.
I give this book a 8/10 mostly because the ending bugs me in its abruptness. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the introduction and formation of characters, plot, and use of theme.
If you’re in to futuristic, dystopian novels than I encourage you to give this book a go. Its not a short read, coming in 431 pages, but the content makes the pages fly by. If you end up reading it, let me know what you think!