Posted by: 2in10 | 08/05/2010

total fluff, what fun!

This doesn’t have to do with ovarian cancer, exactly, but it’s fun. And fun is good, when we are well and less than well. Ask Norman Cousins, author of Head First: the Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit (1989) and Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing (1979), two of his many books.

Cousins demonstrated the healing power of laughter as he chronicled his recovery from serious illness. He later became adjunct professor of medicine at UCLA where his research was on the biochemistry of human emotions.

The fluff I am smiling about isn’t laughter, but it is diversion. I was HAPPY to find another P. D. James mystery on CD at the library. This time it’s The Private Patient, the latest of the noted British murder mystery writer’s tales involving detective Adam Dalgliesh.

My friend Joan recommended this author, and I enjoy every one of her books I can find on CD. The trick now is to find one I haven’t “audio-read.” (P. D. James is age 90 and The Private Patient is her 20th book.)

P. D. James’s writing is elegant and descriptive — gently but completely engaging. It takes me to another world where I happily follow the latest adventures of  Dalgleish and colleagues.

P. D. James’s murder mysteries are great listening for summer car trips or entertainment while running errands. Let me know what you think — or suggest some other funny or light reads for summertime. Have fun!



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