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Dr. Matthew Chow’s Top Beach Reads for 2023

Whether you’re reading on the beach or in your backyard, getting lost in a novel or nonfiction book is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the warm weather.

We asked TELUS Health MyCare lead physician Dr. Matthew Chow to share some of his recommendations for fun and educational page-turners this summer. Here are his top picks:


The Myth of Normal - Dr. Gabor Maté  

This is Canadian physician Dr. Gabor Maté's lifetime of experience distilled into one book. A very serious and incisive read about what really makes us sick. 

Braving the Wilderness - Brené Brown

There is no courage without vulnerability, says celebrated researcher and author Dr. Brené Brown. An important classic in a polarized world. 

Read This to Get Smarter: about Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More - Blair Imani

Blair Imani describes how to be more thoughtful about the language we use with each other and why it matters. 


What the Font?! A Manga Guide to Western Fonts - Kuniichi Ashiya

A playful exploration of the ubiquitous fonts we see every day in print and on screen. Times New Roman anyone? 

The Cat Who Saved Books - Sōsuke Natsukawa

Heartwarming tale of a cat who partners with a grieving high school student to save the books from his late grandfather's shop. 

For more tips on how to actually relax this summer, talking to a counsellor can be helpful. Counsellors on the TELUS Health MyCare app can help you work on stress-management strategies, and offer a safe space for you to get things off your chest. Book an appointment in the app today to see a counsellor conveniently from your device.1

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