Ok. If you have a few hours to kill in a car (like I always seem to...) let me recommend listening to this radio show. It is from one of my favorite podcasts, "Ideas" on CBC.
This feature, The Brains of Babes, especially episode one, has some fascinating discussion about studies linking heart disease and diabetes to fetal/early childhood health as well as pre-pregnancy maternal health.
And while we are on the matter of fetal/early childhood development can I also mention that the two most recent books that left my jaw on the floor were, "The Brain that Changes Itself" by Doidge and "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts" by Mate. Really, if these books don't fascinate you to the point where everyone around you rolls your eyes when you begin yet another sentence with "so I was reading today..." then send me your copy and I'll send you the money for it. :)
My apologies if I've mentioned these books before on Asystole, but listening to those features on Ideas just reminded me and I wanted to give them the props they deserve.
So there you have your summer light reading list.
Oh, and add "Book of Negroes" by Hill to that. Finished it today.
Wow. What a book.
(I know that is the weakest review of a book ever, but seriously...just read it.)