Saturday, February 13, 2016
What did I think of Concussion? I thought it was a great read! The writing was wonderful and reminded me a bit of Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, the way it flowed and kept my interest from start to finish. You know, sometimes nonfiction books can be dry, but this definitely was not. Jeanne Marie Laskas' writing just drew me in, even with a subject I had no initial interest in. My favorite parts of the book were about Bennet Omalu growing up in Nigeria (frightening in respect to every day life in war torn Nigeria and interesting in respect to learning about his culture), his adjustments to life in America (so funny at times and so sad at other times) and how he met his wife and "pursued" her (definitely funny, and so much a "guy thing"). I found Concussion funny, sad, devastating and enlightening. I learned something about brains, and I learned something about Dr. Omalu's Nigerian culture. This book really has many things to offer, along with some great "real life" characters, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story. No only is this a story about the NFL versus Science (and the little guy from Nigeria who started it all), but it is a story of family, compassion and doing what's right. I give it 4 stars.