In Five Days at Memorial, author Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center following Hurricane Katrina and draws students into the lives of those who struggled to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. Written in the tradition of other powerful narrative nonfiction titles such as Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, investigates the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing students into a conversation about the consequences and ethics of health care rationing. Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared Americans are for the impact of large-scale disasters. Continue reading
Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There, Stuck in the Middle With You and I’m Looking Through You, will continue her book tour on October 15th with an appearance at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Boylan will give the 10th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture for the Women and Gender Studies program. She has previously spoken to students at Rollins College, Clark University and Oregon State University, and is an English Professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Jennifer Finney Boylan will be speaking at the 2014 First-Year Experience® Conference in San Diego, California.
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