As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John Colapinto -
I'm so grateful to my public library's "New Books" shelves, where I find an amazing assortment of reading like this book. From the Amazon summary: "In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine—and a total failure. As Nature Made Him tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer, who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male. A macabre tale of medical arrogance, it is first and foremost a human drama of one man's—and one family's—amazing survival in the face of terrible odds."
One of the most horrifying subplots in this true story is of the doctor who treated David Reimer (growing up as "Brenda") and brother Brian. They were required to see the man annually for appointments that were abusive and invasive. It's a miracle to me that either of them survived.
Raises excellent points about gender identity and its innate qualities.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser -
I must be the last person around to read this. I am newly horrified at how little we eat is really food...and how it is made into the semblance of food. I'm not sure I 'm eating anything for a while...that ought to help the diet...
Hat tip to Bruce for urging me to this book.