This book helps us to realize how our lives and actions are interconnected with those of the people around us. This is the story of Eddie, an amusement park technician at Ruby Pier, whose abrupt end to his life sends him on a journey of awareness. Ultimately, he learns how he has truly impacted so many people.
This book tells the story of Ona, a 104-year-old woman, who feels that life is pretty much done with her. Then a young Boy Scout, with an obsession for lists, offers to help with chores, and a friendship is born. He suddenly dies, and his absentee father takes over and learns more about his son than he ever knew. Cue the hankies.
A third of our lives is spent sleeping (if you're doing it right). Our mind is turned off, but the cells and bacteria inside our body are still hard at work doing their jobs. Why does something so vital for our health and body happen while we are at our most vulnerable? There is still plenty that science has yet to uncover about the mystery of sleep, but David K. Randall does a great job of explaining the little we do know. Dreamland is a good mix of data-driven science and interesting anecdotes.
This book was a bestseller, but you may have skipped it if you aren't terribly interested in the Oxford English Dictionary. However, it is really about the interplay between insanity and genius. It's a good read for those who are interested in the different flavors of madness.