Into the Magic Shop ~ James R. Doty MD

Date Completed: 12/11/2015

Rating: 9.5/10

This book drew me in from the very first sentence: “There’s a certain sound the scalp makes  when it’s being ripped off of a skull – like a large piece of Velcro tearing away from its source” (subject to change before publication in February). I mean, don’t you want to hear more from this author? I’m simultaneously disgusted and intrigued, and I’m reading something I’ve never read before. The Introduction sent chills up and down my spine.

Memoirs are a wonderful way for common people to learn about extraordinary events when written well. Sometimes people don’t have the skills to both be a surgeon and write fluidly about their life, but this is certainly not the case for Doty. He is critical of himself, but not in a judgmental way, and his writing is clear and concise. Reading this book makes you feel good about life.

Not only does he make you feel good about life, but he gives you tips and tools to conquer your fears and anxieties. He talks about science while overlapping it with social science, love, and possibly even some talk about God. He writes about all of these things as if they exist in parallel dimensions and any one of them could be correct, which lends an unbiased view of these three things together in a way I have never heard before.

Besides this, his story is quirky and humorous, but not for the light-hearted; Doty has had struggles in his life that make his story feel real and relatable. He doesn’t judge, but he listens passionately. After reading this book I feel that I have the power to be a better person. In an era when most of what we read, watch, and talk about is how to dominate or how to be bigger or better, it’s refreshing to read a story that encourages each of us to take responsibility and be a better human.

So, I encourage you to grab a copy of this book as soon as it’s published in February 2016.

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the author via for an honest reveiw.


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