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Book Review of “Face: A Memoir”

Face: A Memoir  By Marcia Meier Saddle Road Press      Many of us have traumatic events that divide our lives in two: the life we had before that defining moment and the life that came afterward. In Marcia Meier’s case, those two segments are of heartbreakingly

Book Review: Letter to a Young Female Physician

Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life By Suzanne Koven W. W. Norton & Company, 320 pages Sometimes you pick up a book that seems to be written not just for you—a young female physician—but for you in this very moment

Book Review: Already Toast

In this brilliantly written, thoroughly researched, movingly raw book, Washington gives us a front row seat to everything that is wrong with this aspect of our health care system.

Book Review: The Memory Sessions

Such are the questions plaguing Suzanne Farrell Smith in her haunting, deeply felt and gorgeously rendered new memoir The Memory Sessions. Smith’s father dies when she is just six years old, killed by a drunk driver on his way home from work. Outside of a few fleeting details—the doorbell chime, the police officer’s voice, a Knight Rider episode interrupted—her memory is wiped clean, not only of that pivotal night, but any childhood memories before or since, up to the age of about twelve or thirteen.

Book Review: The Buddha Sat Right Here

The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey through India and Nepal By Dena Moes 263 pp, ISN978-63152-561-2, She Writes Press , 2019 Some weeks ago, I participated in my family’s traditional Passover Seder. The ritual meal and accompanying service re-creates the story of the

“The Shame of Losing” by Sarah Cannon

The Shame of Losing by Sarah Cannon 264 pp, ISBN 978-1-59709-624-9, Red Hen Press, 2018 When my son was seventeen, he suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of a drunk driver in a crash that killed his girlfriend. A detective showed up at

In Shock

In Shock by Rana Awdish 265 pages, St. Martin’s Press, 2017 I read Dr. Rana Awdish’s book, In Shock, from cover to cover on a six-hour flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco. I started it expecting to read for just an hour or two and

The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks 237 pp, ISNB 9780385352567, Alfred A. Knopf, 2017      Like many of my generation, I spent my childhood outdoors. I scooped up tadpoles from the pond next door, watching them sprout limbs and turn terrestrial. I trapped

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