Author Scott Carney signed up for a course taught by Dutch daredevil Wim Hof. In Carney's book “What Doesn’t Kill Us", he explains how he learned that extremes in temperature – especially cold – may lengthen our lives. He followed, then tweaked, Hof’s methods before and after endurance testing in a Colorado laboratory. He tackled an obstacle course race to see if it was as challenging as he’d heard. He studied how people can control physical reflexes. He trained with 25-pound weights in a swimming pool, learned breathing techniques, checked in with the U.S. military, then returned to Hof’s compound. Which is how he ended up on Mt. Kilimanjaro, nearly naked, and knee-deep in snow…

You can read about how a Supreme Court Justice is made in “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. While the title of this book is a bit misleading (it does not entirely consist of Ginsburg’s “own words”), readers get a glimpse of the woman as a child, a mother and a lawmaker through transcripts of speeches, letters, opinions, legal briefs and law reviews. It's not strictly a biography (the authors say that’s coming), but in the meantime, read this book.

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