APN Physical Therapy - March 2020

MARCH 2020



This year, I might also read the “Harry Potter” books for the first time. I know I’m one of the few people from the planet who hasn’t read them yet. After going to The Wizarding World park at Universal Studios earlier this year, I’m ready to see what they are all about. Or at the very least, watch the movies! Some time ago, one of our patients, a woman named Catalina, gave me a copy of a book called “Millie’s Butterflies.” The book was written by Catalina’s sister, Dori Scarano, and is based on the true story of their mother who died of stage IV cancer. When she died, their mother promised to send each of her children a sign to let them know she made it to heaven. The book is very touching and well written. Though these characters are fictionalized versions of the family, you get the sense of how close their family is and how hard it was for them to lose their mom. If you’re going through a tough time, I can’t recommend this book enough. “Millie’s Butterflies” is a sad book, but it also warms your heart as you’re reminded of how important family really is. –Laura Chmielewski

I’ve always been a big reader. When I was a kid, I’d be so excited to get the summer reading options. I would always pick five or six different books from the list. These days I’m really into true crime and mystery books. I like stories that take place in real life. A lot of things go on around us every day, but if it’s not going on in your life, it’s easy to ignore. One of my favorites is Susan Kuklin’s “No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row.” Kuklin looks inside America’s prison system and talks to inmates who were sentenced to death when they were teenagers. They share their personal stories about what really happened to them. A lot of these sentences were later overturned, and it really leaves you thinking about hard things we often overlook. I’m not as big of a reader as I used to be. When I traveled often, I would read a lot of true crime books, specifically about serial killers like Ted Bundy or the Green River Killer. I was interested in how their minds work. In that same vein, when I wanted to read fiction, I’d pick up something by V.C. Andrews. She’s still my favorite fiction author. These days I don’t read nearly as much as I used to, but when I do have time to read, I like reading about animals. I love animal fact books about anatomy and where they come from as a species. My 2020 New Year’s resolution is to take zoology classes, and I want to be ready for those. –Gabriella Aguiar

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” –Stephen King March 2 is Read Across America Day! Celebrate by adding some great books to your reading list, courtesy of the APN Physical Therapy team. My favorite books are autobiographies or novels based on a true story. I really enjoy stories based on historical events. “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger is my favorite book. It’s about a fishing boat lost at sea during the 1991 Perfect Storm that hit North America. The book covers a lot about the fishing industry in New England, which, as an avid fisher, I really enjoyed. If you like fishing, I highly recommend “The Perfect Storm.” You learn a heck of a lot while reading it. More recently, I finished “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris, which is a fabulous book. It’s a true story about Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jewish man who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp and forced to tattoo numbers onto interviews she did with Sokolov to tell his story about overcoming the Nazi regime. Sokolov even met his wife at Auschwitz, and they both survived and got married after World War II. I enjoy books like this because they have a lot of weight to them. You get swept up in an entertaining story while learning so much about history and the world. the arms of his fellow prisoners. Morris wrote the book based on

–Genna Aguiar

What are some of your favorite books? We’d love to get some recommendations from our readers next time you’re in the office!

– Peter B. McHugh

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