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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
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NOTHING BEATS A GOOD BOOK THE STORY OF HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH READING
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a few kind and loyal newsletter readers take the time to compliment my writing abilities. First of all, I want to say “thank you” to all those who set aside a few minutes to read my thoughts each month. Secondly, I thought it might be interesting to explore where I believe my passion for and ability to write came from: my love of reading. While you can rarely find me without a book in my hands now, that certainly wasn’t the case for a good portion of my life. In fact, I can honestly admit that throughout high school, my undergraduate years, and even my graduate years, I hated reading. The hundreds of pages I had to read to complete school assignments made the whole process feel too forced. It wasn’t until my second year in dental school, when my grandma passed away, that I decided I should give reading another try. Although my mom read to me a lot as a child, it was my grandma whom I associated with books. For as long as I could remember, Grandma would go to the library every week to find some new murder mystery she could sink her literary teeth into, and, most of the time, she would get through at least three of them by the end of the week. In her later years, when she was immobile and couldn’t make the trip to the library on her own, she paid someone to go in her stead. Even when I close my eyes and picture her now, I can still see the huge stack of books piled up next to her chair.
When she died in 2011, I received a small inheritance from her. I thought, “What would Grandma want me to do with this money?” The once disdainful reader in me cried as I walked into the store to buy an Amazon Kindle. But that’s when I fell in love.
some tools in his possession after deportation, the German soldiers decided to spare his life and put him to work. He spent a year and a half in Auschwitz where he was forced to search the deceased for golden teeth and perform dental work on the German soldiers without pay. This memoir shines bright in my memory for many reasons, but mostly because I was in my second year of dental school, just like Jakubowicz, when I purchased my Kindle. His was the first book I’d attempted to read for leisure since I was a kid, and I remember thinking how frightening it would be in his shoes. While his story certainly wasn’t the lightest or easiest to digest, it was the one that encouraged me to pick up another book, and another after that. In the years since, the list of books I’ve conquered continues to grow, and my passion for finding new stories refuses to wane. Fortunately, my kids have joined me on my literary venture. Each of them gets to read with me before bed, and it’s probably my favorite part of every day. If you’re a reader like me, then all the cozy autumn weather probably has you ready to curl up on the couch with a good book. And if you’re not, then maybe give books another try! I promise there is something out there for everyone.
I don’t know if it was my dedication to honoring my grandma, the digital aspect of reading, or a perfect mixture of both, but from that moment on, I became a voracious reader. I started with a book called “The Dentist of Auschwitz,” the memoir of Berek Jakubowicz who was deported from his Polish village in 1941 and remained a prisoner of the Nazi Reich until the final days of the war. Because Jakubowicz had attended two years of dental school and managed to keep time, she would get through at least three of them by the end of the week.” “For as long as I could remember, Grandma would go to the library every week to find some new murder mystery she could sink her literary teeth into, and, most of the
– Dr. Brooks
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