A Summer Read

A Summer Read is a collective multi-county read for adults over the summer months. The event, which runs July through September, brings the local community together with a contemporary book topic about health and wellness. Books will remain available at Berks County Public Libraries after September. This initiative is sponsored by Wellspan: Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA.


2022 Summer Read
The Rabbit Effect

by Dr. Kelli Harding

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Discover an eye-opening and provocative new way to look at our health based on the latest groundbreaking discoveries in the science of compassion, kindness, and human connection

When Columbia University doctor Kelli Harding began her clinical practice, she never intended to explore the invisible factors behind our health. But then there were the rabbits. In 1978, a seemingly straightforward experiment designed to establish the relationship between high blood cholesterol and heart health in rabbits discovered that kindness—in the form of a particularly nurturing post-doc who pet and spoke to the lab rabbits as she fed them—made the difference between a heart attack and a healthy heart.

As Dr. Kelli Harding reveals in this eye-opening book, the rabbits were just the beginning of a much larger story. Groundbreaking new research shows that love, friendship, community, life’s purpose, and our environment can have a greater impact on our health than anything that happens in the doctor’s office.


Check Out a Copy Today

You can find print editions of The Rabbit Effect at most Berks County Public Libraries locations. You can also read the digital e-book or listen to the e-audiobook through Libby. Libby is available on your computer or through the app.


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A Summer Read is a reading initiative for adults during the summer months (July –September) sponsored by WellSpan: Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA (AF4Q).