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One of the Boys by Jayne Cowie
Release Date - July 11, 2023
Genre - Future, Suspense
In a future time, scientists have found a genetic marker that indicates if a boy will become a criminal or not. If a boy is found to have this gene, he can be separated from the others to find the right medications and teachings to keep him from becoming bad. Screening starts off voluntary, but it's soon expanded to became mandatory for certain things.
Bea and Antonia had boys around the same time, but the sisters' experiences and lifestyles are completely different. Antonia is the dutiful wife and social climber and has her son tested. Bea refuses, despite Antonia's constant pleas. As the boys age, it becomes clear that one of them is normal and one isn't, and the boy's mother will do anything and everything to keep him safe.
Bea is the more likable sister in this book. Antonia and her social status helped make her unlikable. The story moved swiftly, and there are side characters I liked even more. As the story reaches the final moments, a secret is revealed. Part of it I saw coming from the start, part of it is something I figured out halfway through the book. It adds tension.
There are times I started to wonder about the author's message. Was this an anti-COVID vaccination allegory? I couldn't be certain, but I almost started to wonder if it was. And, that's where I'd have to agree as the polio vaccine was also once new and stopped a crippling disease until parents stopped following doctor's recommendations on vaccinations. In 2022, there were 30 positive polio tests in the U.S. Any book group could ponder this question together.
Genre: Self-help Publisher: Alzheimer's Association Release Date: 2006 After my aunt died, my mom had an argument with me one day that was a little frightening. She insisted that no one had told her that my aunt had hemochromatosis. My own mom had told me a few years earlier. I wrote it off to the grief. That was the first true sign I saw that made me question. Over time, she was often asking the same question dozens of times a day. Telling me she hadn't talked to me in ages when we'd just talked an hour earlier. She even started giving me clothing that she swore was my aunts, but I knew we'd bought it together when our shopping just a week earlier. I urged my dad to take my mom to a specialist and the diagnosis was Mild Cognitive Impairment. Every few months, he'd tell me he'd taken my mom for another check and she was find. When my dad died, I quickly found out that MCI was the initial diagnosis, but it had progressed to Alzheimer's in 2014. We
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