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What Happens When Disaster Strikes? A Message from Sheri Fink

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????By Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, September 2013).

Memorial Medical was surrounded by floodwaters after the levees failed in New Orleans in 2005, drowning one of America’s great cities. Within hours, all power would fail. The heat rose. Rescue helicopters began arriving. They transported one or two patients at a time, but there were around 250 patients and 2,000 staff and family members. Who should be rescued first? Continue reading

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Five Days at Memorial Atop Multiple “Best of 2013” Lists

FIVE DAYS- FINAL JACKETThe accolades for Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial continue to roll in.  Fink’s book, which chronicles five days at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, has been included in Time Magazine’s 10 Best non-fiction Books of 2013 and has been named as one of the Top Ten Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review as well as the Chicago TribuneThe East Bay Express has additionally included Five Days in their “Best of 2013” list, stating: “This year’s most important book is also one of its most enthralling.”  Finally, Entertainment Weekly has named Five Days as the best nonfiction title of 2013.

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Random House Confirms Author Lineup for the 2014 First-Year Experience® Conference

FYEAuthorRosterPageIt’s official: Random House’s author line-up for the 2014 First-Year Experience® conference (February 15-17, San Diego, California) is now confirmed!  And we couldn’t be more excited.  Our authors hail from truly diverse backgrounds and their books reflect that: from provocative “think books” to award-winning novels to bestselling memoirs, we will have something for everyone.

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Educators: Free Advanced Reader Copies of Five Days at Memorial by Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Sheri Fink Now Available

FIVE DAYS- FINAL JACKETIn 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

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