The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

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Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Macmillan
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Category : Family & Relationships
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Book Description: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, this brilliantly reported and beautifully crafted book explores the clash between a medical center in California and a Laotian refugee family over their care of a child.


Days Of Obligation

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Author: Richard Rodriguez
Publisher: Penguin
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 257
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Book Description: A Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rodriguez's acclaimed first book, Hunger of Memory raised a fierce controversy with its views on bilingualism and alternative action. Now, in a series of intelligent and candid essays, Rodriguez ranges over five centuries to consider the moral and spiritual landscapes of Mexico and the US and their impact on his soul.


Ex Libris

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Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 180
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Book Description: A collection of essays discusses the central and joyful importance of books and reading in the author's life.


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Book Description: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The Hmong, a hilltribe people, believed that if a couple failed to produce children, they could call in a shaman who would enter a trance and summon a posse of helpful familiars. The shaman would ride a winged horse between the earth and the sky, and negotiate with the spirits for the patients’ health. #2 When a Hmong woman became pregnant, she would pay close attention to her food cravings. If she craved ginger, and did not eat it, her child would be born with an extra finger or toe. If she craved chicken flesh, and did not eat it, her child would have a blemish near its ear. #3 The Lees’ 13th child, Mai, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Their 14th child, Lia, was born in the Merced Community Medical Center in California. The Lees’ placenta was incinerated, and some Hmong women have asked the doctors at MCMC if they could take their babies’ placentas home. #4 When Lia was born, at 7:09 p. m. on July 19, 1982, Foua was lying on her back on a steel table, her body covered with sterile drapes, her genital area painted with a brown Betadine solution, with a high-wattage lamp trained on her perineum. No family members were in the room.


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Book Description: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 The Hmong, a hilltribe people, believed that if a couple failed to produce children, they could call in a shaman who would enter a trance and summon a posse of helpful familiars. The shaman would ride a winged horse between the earth and the sky, and negotiate with the spirits for the patients’ health. #2 When a Hmong woman became pregnant, she would pay close attention to her food cravings. If she craved ginger, and did not eat it, her child would be born with an extra finger or toe. If she craved chicken flesh, and did not eat it, her child would have a blemish near its ear. #3 The Lees’ 13th child, Mai, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Their 14th child, Lia, was born in the Merced Community Medical Center in California. The Lees’ placenta was incinerated, and some Hmong women have asked the doctors at MCMC if they could take their babies’ placentas home. #4 When Lia was born, at 7:09 p. m. on July 19, 1982, Foua was lying on her back on a steel table, her body covered with sterile drapes, her genital area painted with a brown Betadine solution, with a highwattage lamp trained on her perineum. No family members were in the room.


North Of Ithaka

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Author: Eleni N. Gage
Publisher: Macmillan
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
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Book Description: This is the poignant story of the author's move from New York to Lia--the remote Greek village where her grandmother was murdered, and which her father Nicholas Gage, made famous 20 years ago with his international bestseller "Eleni."


Daily Medicine

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Author: Wayne William Snellgrove
Publisher: Blue Fortune Enterprises LLC
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
Languages : en
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Book Description: Those who have mastered the truth began with seeing their own Daily Medicine, a spiritual prayer book, contains 366 meditations focused on Indigenous healing and spirituality. With this book, Wayne William Snellgrove gives the readers the gift of his listening. In quieting his mind and becoming attuned to all of creation surrounding him, he was able to communicate directly with Spirit and interpret the messages for humanity. With a suggested guide in the beginning, Daily Medicine is meant to show all of us how to continue walking our path with love, honor and clarity and can help guide anyone looking to grow and heal their spirit.


The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

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Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Medical
Languages : en
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Book Description: Brilliantly reported & beautifully crafted, The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down explores the clash between the Merced Community Medical Center in California & a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents & her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy.


Ex Libris

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Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 162
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Book Description: Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.


Yellow Bird

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Author: Sierra Crane Murdoch
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Category : True Crime
Languages : en
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Book Description: PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism. “I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch.”—William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Barbarian Days In development as a Paramount+ original series WINNER OF THE OREGON BOOK AWARD • NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR® AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Publishers Weekly When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him. Yellow Bird traces Lissa’s steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke’s disappearance. She navigates two worlds—that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and—when it serves her cause—manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Sierra Crane Murdoch has produced a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing.


Survival Of The Sickest Lp

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Author: Dr. Sharon Moalem
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Category : Medical
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Book Description: Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on—or off? Survival of the Sickest is fi lled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth—and especially what that means for us. Read it. You're already living it.


My Own Country

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Author: Abraham Verghese
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
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Book Description: The memoir and first book from the author of the beloved New York Times bestseller Cutting for Stone. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, a crisis that had once seemed an “urban problem” had arrived in the town to stay. Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases. Dr. Verghese became by necessity the local AIDS expert, soon besieged by a shocking number of male and female patients whose stories came to occupy his mind, and even take over his life. Verghese brought a singular perspective to Johnson City: as a doctor unique in his abilities; as an outsider who could talk to people suspicious of local practitioners; above all, as a writer of grace and compassion who saw that what was happening in this conservative community was both a medical and a spiritual emergency. Out of his experience comes a startling but ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland as it confronts—and surmounts—its deepest prejudices and fears.


The Latehomecomer

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Author: Kao Kalia Yang
Publisher: Coffee House Press
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 251
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Book Description: In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard. Beginning in the 1970s, as the Hmong were being massacred for their collaboration with the United States during the Vietnam War, Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family’s captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, and their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. When she was six years old, Yang’s family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language. Through her words, the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community have finally found a voice. Together with her sister, Kao Kalia Yang is the founder of a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services. A graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University, Yang has recently screened The Place Where We Were Born, a film documenting the experiences of Hmong American refugees. Visit her website at www.kaokaliayang.com.


To Write As If Already Dead

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Author: Kate Zambreno
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 185
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Book Description: To Write As If Already Dead circles around Kate Zambreno’s failed attempts to write a study of Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life. In this diaristic, transgressive work, the first in a cycle written in the years preceding his death, Guibert documents with speed and intensity his diagnosis and disintegration from AIDS and elegizes a character based on Michel Foucault. The first half of To Write As If Already Dead is a novella in the mode of a detective story, searching after the mysterious disappearance of an online friendship after an intense dialogue on anonymity, names, language, and connection. The second half, a notebook documenting the doubled history of two bodies amid another historical plague, continues the meditation on friendship, solitude, time, mortality, precarity, art, and literature. Throughout this rigorous, mischievous, thrilling not-quite study, Guibert lingers as a ghost companion. Zambreno, who has been pushing the boundaries of literary form for a decade, investigates his methods by adopting them, offering a keen sense of the energy and confessional force of Guibert’s work, an ode to his slippery, scarcely classifiable genre. The book asks, as Foucault once did, “What is an author?” Zambreno infuses this question with new urgency, exploring it through the anxieties of the internet age, the ethics of friendship, and “the facts of the body”: illness, pregnancy, and death.


Everything We Had

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Author: Al Santoli
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : History
Languages : en
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Book Description: Here is an oral history of the Vietnam War by thirty-three American soldiers who fought it. A 1983 American Book Award nominee.


Lightning Flowers

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Author: Katherine E. Standefer
Publisher: Little, Brown Spark
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
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Book Description: This "utterly spectacular" book weighs the impact modern medical technology has had on the author's life against the social and environmental costs inevitably incurred by the mining that makes such innovation possible (Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises). What if a lifesaving medical device causes loss of life along its supply chain? That's the question Katherine E. Standefer finds herself asking one night after being suddenly shocked by her implanted cardiac defibrillator. In this gripping, intimate memoir about health, illness, and the invisible reverberating effects of our medical system, Standefer recounts the astonishing true story of the rare diagnosis that upended her rugged life in the mountains of Wyoming and sent her tumbling into a fraught maze of cardiology units, dramatic surgeries, and slow, painful recoveries. As her life increasingly comes to revolve around the internal defibrillator freshly wired into her heart, she becomes consumed with questions about the supply chain that allows such an ostensibly miraculous device to exist. So she sets out to trace its materials back to their roots. From the sterile labs of a medical device manufacturer in southern California to the tantalum and tin mines seized by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a nickel and cobalt mine carved out of endemic Madagascar jungle, Lightning Flowers takes us on a global reckoning with the social and environmental costs of a technology that promises to be lifesaving but is, in fact, much more complicated. Deeply personal and sharply reported, Lightning Flowers takes a hard look at technological mythos, healthcare, and our cultural relationship to medical technology, raising important questions about our obligations to one another, and the cost of saving one life.


The Horse Boy

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Author: Rupert Isaacson
Publisher: Penguin UK
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 346
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Book Description: When their son Rowan was born, Rupert and Kristin's dream had come true. But the dream became a nightmare when their beautiful boy developed a disorder that left him incapable of communication, tormented by raging fits, requiring 24-hour care - and shattering their lives. Then, one day, father and son were walking in the woods near their house and stumbled across their neighbour's old brown horse, Betsy. What happened next was unlike anything Rupert had ever seen. Certainly, the effect on Betsy was extraordinary: she went stock-still and bowed her head, wide-eyed and quivering before the child. But when Rupert lifted Rowan onto Betsy's back, the effect on his son was nothing short of miraculous: Rowan started to speak... Shaken but exhilarated, Rupert proposed that the family make a journey to the ancient homeland of the horse, deep in the wilds of Mongolia, where he'd heard astonishing stories of healing and transformation. So began an epic journey on horseback, from their home in Texas to the furthest reaches of the planet - a journey that would test their love, challenge their beliefs, and change their lives.


The Scalpel And The Silver Bear

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Author: Lori Alvord
Publisher: Bantam
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
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Book Description: The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing. A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord's struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico—and to bring the values of her people to a medical care system in danger of losing its heart. Dr. Alvord left a dusty reservation in New Mexico for Stanford University Medical School, becoming the first Navajo woman surgeon. Rising above the odds presented by her own culture and the male-dominated world of surgeons, she returned to the reservation to find a new challenge. In dramatic encounters, Dr. Alvord witnessed the power of belief to influence health, for good or for ill. She came to merge the latest breakthroughs of medical science with the ancient tribal paths to recovery and wellness, following the Navajo philosophy of a balanced and harmonious life, called Walking in Beauty. And now, in bringing these principles to the world of medicine, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear joins those few rare works, such as Healing and the Mind, whose ideas have changed medical practices-and our understanding of the world.


Life As We Know It

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Author: Michael Berube
Publisher: Vintage
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Family & Relationships
Languages : en
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Book Description: When Jamie Bérubé was born with Down syndrome in 1991, he was immediately subject to the medical procedures, insurance guidelines, policies, and representations that surround every child our society designates as disabled. In this wrenching yet ultimately inspiring book, Jamie's father, literary scholar Michael Bérubé, describes not only the challenges of raising his son but the challenge of seeing him as a person rather than as a medical, genetic, or social problem.


Strangers Drowning

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Author: Larissa MacFarquhar
Publisher: Penguin
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Category : Psychology
Languages : en
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Book Description: What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn’t? How would their parents’ risk have been judged? A woman believes that if she spends money on herself, rather than donate it to buy life-saving medicine, then she’s responsible for the deaths that result. She lives on a fraction of her income, but wonders: when is compromise self-indulgence and when is it essential? We honor such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people do-gooders there is skepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why.