The Washington Post reported on National Book Lovers Day (August 9, 2016) that a recent study by Yale University researchers (in an online article in the journal Social Science & Medicine) found book readers survived almost two years longer than those who never bothered to open a book. “The study found that those who read more than 3.5 hours weekly were 23 percent less likely to die during that 12-year period.” Other findings show that reading novels seems to boost brain connectivity and empathy.
That said, let me recommend the novel Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The Niles Library Book Bites Discussion group just read this title and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a National Bestseller and winner of many awards. The setting is a small Wisconsin farm town called Little Wing where four boyhood friends return for a wedding. Even though some of them have left (and some haven’t) it still is “home” to all of them. This book celebrates lifelong bonds and the true meaning of friendship. The reader is drawn into the lives of these four men and their families as they grapple with life. There is heartache and stress from marriages and careers, but there is hope and healing as well. The influence of a small Midwestern town and the roots these men have put down there enable all of them to move on with their lives. I couldn’t put it down!!
So, what are you waiting for?? Reading a book is going to give you a significant survival advantage!!
Need a good recommendation? Just call our Readers’ Advisers on the AV/Fiction desk here at the Niles Library. 847-663-6640. One of our librarians would be happy to assist you!!