7 books to carry you through the summer

Royal College Staff
July 18, 2018 | Author: Royal College Staff
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There are a little less than seven weeks until the Labour Day weekend. Are you looking for some books to carry you through the rest of summer? Look no further! Here are seven book recommendations submitted by your colleagues.

Disclaimer: All items in this list are recommendations submitted by Fellows; their appearance in this list does not constitute endorsement of the books and/or their contents by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt WEEK 1: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

“Meticulous and sweeping, read it before it becomes a two-hour movie.” – J. Walker, general surgeon

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan WEEK 2:  Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan (Lake Union Publishing)

“Fascinating and gripping book about a family in Milan during WW2 who resisted the Nazis, and specifically about one of their sons and what he did at age 18. A true story that had never been told before. Unusual to read about Northern Italy during WW2.” – Andrew Menkes, MD, FRCPC, FAAD, dermatologist in Mt View, California

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan WEEK 3: The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan (Ivy Books)

“A well-told narrative that looks at the meaning of cultural identity and the difficult nature of our familial relationships. Adds a flavour of otherworld mysticism to spice things up.” – Vami Rajeswaran, MD, PGY3 Internal Medicine, Toronto

Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson WEEK 4: Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson (Vintage)

“On the surface this is a murder mystery, however it touches on the influence of prejudice on the justice system. It deals with the lasting effects of the internment of the Japanese during the Second World War. It is a highly descriptive novel and beautifully written.” – Doug Hedden, MD, FRCSC, executive director – Professional Practice and Membership, Royal College

A Deadly Operation (a.k.a. The Karamanov Equations) by Marshall Goldberg (Dufour Editions)WEEK 5: A Deadly Operation (a.k.a. The Karamanov Equations) by Marshall Goldberg (Dufour Editions)

“A great medical mystery and he’s written several; Critical List is another good one.” – M. Jason MD, FRCS, Am Bd, urologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese WEEK 6: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Knopf)

“It touches your humanity with its powerful writing and holistic content: global medicine interwoven with themes of love, friendships, parenting, family life, religion, politics and sacrifice. It takes your emotions on a roller coaster ride; you will never forget it.” – Allan Jeffrey Hunt, MBBS, FRCPC, pathologist, Ontario Forensic Pathology Service

***A popular novel, this book was also submitted for our 2017 summer reading list.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif BabinWEEK 7: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (St. Martin’s Press)

“Between stories of the war in Iraq and professional consulting in the business world, this book reports concepts of leadership and extreme responsibility – two values very present in medicine.” – Jacinthe Lampron, MD, FRCSC, trauma surgeons at the Ottawa Hospital


What is the best book you’ve recently read? We’d love to hear! Email us at newsroom@royalcollege.ca

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