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Five Days at Memorial
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital | Sheri Fink
One of the New York Timess Best Ten Books of the YearWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for NonfictionWinner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize,the 2014 American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award (Public/Healthcare Consumers), a 2014 Science in Society Journalism Award, and the SIBA 2014 Book Award for NonfictionAn ALA Notable Book, finalist for the NYPL 2014 Helen Bernstein Award, shortlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award and theALA Andrew Carnegie MedalAn NPR Great Reads Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, a Time Magazine Best Book, Entertainment Weeklys #1 Nonfiction Book, a Christian Science Monitor Best Book, and a Kansas City Star Best BookPulitzer Prize winner Sheri Finks landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disastersand how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.From the Hardcover edition.
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Cinfhen
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#AlphabetGame Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @Allylu The tagged book is definitely one of the BEST NF reads EVER!! I LOVED this book!!! SOOO much to discuss- GREAT for bookclub discussion 🤓

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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Suet624
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Very well researched, this is the story of events at Memorial Baptist Hospital in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. It‘s also about the legal questions and charges filed against a doctor & several nurses who decided to end the lives of some remaining patients. The book is long and quite detailed and left me with so much to think about. I‘m also realizing it left me pretty depressed. I need to find some uplifting books!

jlhammar Such a tough read, but so good. Great review! 3mo
Suet624 @jlhammar thank you! The epilogue was interesting too… so many hospitals and nursing homes still unprepared… 3mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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A shocking, horrifying book about Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, LA during and following hurricane Katrina in 2005. The epilogue was highly interesting, considering the events in NOLA prompted health and government officials to put into place pandemic and emergency responses.

Crazeedi This was a very eye opening book to say the least 2y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Listened to almost 40% of this audiobook yesterday, and a little more today as I was spray sealing some paintings outside. I'm not feeling well today, so I'm trying hard to do things that bring me joy.

LiteraryinLawrence I hope you feel better soon. 💜 2y
Julsmarshall This painting is gorgeous! I hope you are feeling better 😄 (edited) 2y
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Crazeedi
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This was a difficult book to read. The author details the aftermath of Katrina at Memorial hospital in NOLA. No one was prepared for the breaking of the levees, especially the hospitals and administrations that oversee them. Doctors and nurses labored in horrible conditions trying to cate for critically ill patients. And moral decisions made that had such devastating consequences are documented in detail. Be prepared for heartbreak when reading.

Prairiegirl_reading I really want to read this one but I don‘t think I‘ll ever be able to get through it. 😥 2y
ScientistSam Tough but important read. 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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This was an intense read. So many horrible things happen in just five days, so much loss of life and humanity. And this is just what was happening inside one building ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The misinformation and rumors, the paralyzing fear of not being able to see beyond the moment, the almost total lack of communication- all of it puts the survivors of the storm in danger... from each other. A most chilling nonfiction book.

Cinfhen I thought this was such a gripping story~ so many moral and ethical dilemmas 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Listening to this for true crime book club and it's definitely a hard read!

Cinfhen This was SO GOOD 2y
LL1964 Yes I read this. Very good. 2y
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kelsrae
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Anyone else obsessed with bookmarks?! Got this one as a gift for Christmas from Barnes & Noble! Along with a much appreciated gift card 😌 Love the tassel so I can always see where I am at with my reading!

Also, I started this book before my last semester of college and ran out of time to finish it due to loads of school work. So, I am finishing it now. Better late than never!

#ReadInStyle
#StudentNurseLife

LauraJ Let‘s hope that book doesn‘t make you rethink being a nurse! 2y
kelsrae @LauraJ so far I am trying to figure out my position on it! some things I agree with while others totally not! this pandemic has also been enlightening to me, but hasn‘t steered my heart away from nursing yet! (edited) 2y
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Howseldomtheydo
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Just started listening to a new podcast about Hurricane Katrina https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/ reminded me of this great tagged book #podcast

Mitch Thanks - looks good. 👍🏼 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom Just went and downloaded a few episodes of the podcast! Thanks! 2y
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effani
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I finished six books in January, all for #ReadHarder tasks - putting me already 1/4 done with the challenge! Five Days at Memorial was the hardest read and the one that will stick with me the longest. The March books are a close runner up and I'm looking forward to finishing Book 3 soon. The other three books didn't quite land for me for various reasons but were still worth reading. #JanuaryWrapUp #MonthlyWrapUp

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Addison_Reads
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I was a grad student living close to New Orleans when Katrina hit and books about it are still tough for me to read. This book though is an important reminder that our healthcare system needs plans in place to ensure the safety of all people in any given situation. I can't imagine being faced with the decisions the doctors were faced with and I can't judge their actions. I can only hope we learn from disasters like this to be better prepared.

bookandcat Incredible book but so upsetting I had to read it in such small chunks because it was empathy and pain overload. Cannot fathom living through it and needing to make decisions under those circumstances. 3y
Addison_Reads @bookandcat I had to take my time with this one too. A friend of mine in college was at Memorial when Katrina hit, but she and her newborn were some of the first air-lifted to Baton Rouge. 3y
Cinfhen This book left such an impact!! I wish I could have read it for bookclub as it begs to be lauded and discussed ❤️ 3y
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effani
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Heartbreaking, harrowing, and infuriating, this book is an incredible work of journalism. It's a difficult read, but I highly recommend it if you can handle the subject matter, especially if you're interested in medical ethics or emergency preparedness. I thought the epilogue, describing what has and hasn't changed since 2005, was particularly good.

#ReadHarder2020: a book about a natural disaster #ReadHarder

effani One thing I found interesting was the role of the big, for-profit hospital corporation in the events. I can understand doctors and nurses who made bad choices in a situation that's unimaginably difficult. I cannot understand or forgive the executive who, from his office in Dallas, turned away help that had been requested and offered before the situation got dire. 3y
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effani
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I just learned a new word: mumpsimus.

A traditional custom or idea adhered to although shown to be unreasonable.

Origin: mid 16th century, erroneously for Latin sumpsimus... in allusion to the story of an illiterate priest who, when corrected for reading "quod in ore mumpsimus," replied "I will not change my old mumpsimus for your new sumpsimus." (Oxford Dictionary of English)

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IamIamIam
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You're a doctor in a hospital hit by a hurricane, generators flooding, losing power, rationing medication and water, without running water or sanitary bathrooms. You've lost communication with the outside world and you need to evacuate as many patients as possible. What do you do? Is euthanasia an option? Is it murder? What do you think you would do?
#BBRC #UGH @LibrarianRyan

Cinfhen LOVED this book!!! I wish I would have read this with my bookclub. So much to talk about!!!!!!!! 3y
IamIamIam @Cinfhen I spent so much time being angry it was unbelievable!!! It is great food for thought, however, and I appreciated seeing everyone's reaction to what they had to go through. All I kept thinking about was the food service workers who stayed to help. That really got me. ❤ 3y
Cinfhen There were definitely some real heroes in this terrible unforeseen tragedy 3y
LibrarianRyan intereting 3y
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effani

I've just realized that I'm going to have to shelve this book on my history shelf on goodreads. It's freaking me out a little - since when are things that happened within my adult life “history“?

BarbaraBB Wise words 👵🏼 3y
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IamIamIam
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I've found my #UGH book for #BBRC #GrownUp section!! Having worked at a hospital during the 2003 blackout and living in a hurricane prone area, I don't think I've been this frustrated listening to a book in a long time!!! 😡 I'll never forget the helplessness we felt during Katrina and thinking about these poor people left behind is killing me! @LibrarianRyan

mrp27 I remember that 03 blackout very well! I was a scared hot mess stuck at work for hours. 3y
IamIamIam @mrp27 I worked in the basement of an old wing of the hospital doing pre-testing scheduling. Our office was an old nurse's station so we were connected to a generator. It took me about a half hour to figure out what was going on! Lol, they told me I had to stay until relief staff came and I said, "Why? The only people you need are bedboard and I'm not trained on that!" I left and drove 2+ hours home. Crazy!! 3y
IamIamIam @mrp27 Where were you working at that time? 3y
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LibrarianRyan Dang. 3y
IamIamIam @LibrarianRyan This book has brought me to tears 3 times in less than 5 hours of listening. It's gut wrenching and the fact that they had almost no emergency protocols in place for a disaster that was extremely likely to happen is insane. They had protocols in place for a volcanic eruption but only a handful of pages of directives in case of a hurricane and power loss!!! 3y
mrp27 I was working in Westbury and they held us at work until they deemed it safe to let us go. My husband at the time, now ex, is FDNY so I was a nervous wreck when I couldn't get through to him. I was still new to NY at the time so I about had it with the east coast at that point! 3y
mrp27 The book looks great but I'm sure anger inducing. 3y
IamIamIam @mrp27 Oh my gosh!!! I was at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola! Lol, I probably drove past your office on my way home!!! 3y
mrp27 Lol, probably! Driving down Old Country Rd that evening was not fun!! 3y
IamIamIam @mrp27 I expected it to be awful so I drove down Jericho Turnpike which was probably worse. There are way more big intersections on Jericho! I'll never forget that day! This book, however, is infuriating. So much passing the buck on trying to get help, bouncing the hospital around as a priority, the lack of preparation... it's destroying me and I can't believe what everyone went through, patients and staff! 3y
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effani
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My general strategy for the #ReadHarder challenge is to start with books that I expect to be difficult, so that I can get the harder things out of the way while I'm still excited about the challenge. So I'm starting off with task 5, a book about a natural disaster, and reading about Hurricane Katrina. I can already tell this one is going to be emotionally draining. #ReadHarder2020

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Mitch
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Thank you so so much @Deifio I loved reading about your Christmas traditions and imagining what you and your family are doing tonight. I love the chocolate - big time! And I‘ve wanted to read this book for a while - you‘re right - a bit serious for Christmas but I‘m happy! Thank you so much. Happy Christmas. 🎅🎅🎅🎅#jolabolaflodswap

Deifio Glad you like it! Merry Christmas! 3y
LeahBergen It‘s such a great (but harrowing 😬) read! 3y
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Lizpixie
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#NFNov I don‘t think I‘ll be completing the board by Sunday, but I‘ll still be ticking things off through to the end of the year. The tagged book has upset me a great deal but if we don‘t look at the awful stuff, it has a greater chance of happening again. I think it‘s a travesty that Anna Pou got away with a horrendous act & kept her licence. I can‘t imagine the conditions there, but they had multiple other choices besides doping them to death😡

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Lizpixie
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Wow. This #NFNov read has left me both infuriated & depressed. I cannot believe that in an advanced country like the US not only that this could happen, but that the medical people involved weren‘t just not prosecuted, they all kept their medical licences. And “Dr” Pou is now advising on ethics considerations. Unbelievable. How come Charity Hospital managed to save most of their patients under the same conditions?

Lizpixie #TIL-the legal system in the US is broken. If you have money or a company willing to pay for the most devious attorneys, you can get away with murder. 3y
Suet624 I don‘t think the U.S. is an advanced country anymore. 3y
Clwojick 9 pt 3y
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Lizpixie
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This book! Every time I think I‘ve just read the worst thing that happened, it turns around and punches me in the stomach again. As a disabled patient, it scares the hell out of me. As a #NFNov read, it‘s riveting but oh so horrifying. #TIL-in the worst of the chaos, when the oxygen was running out, some staff were using it to cool themselves down when sick patients were struggling to breathe😡

Reviewsbylola Honestly it completely blew my mind. I thought I understood the devastation of Katrina but this was next level. 3y
Wife One of my most memorable reads. I work in a hospital and have envisioned what might happen in a disaster like Katrina. 3y
Clwojick 4pts. 3y
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Lizpixie
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Sitting in the car reading this #NFNov read after my CT scan. And oh my lord is it hot! It‘s 34C(93F)but in the car it‘s climbing rapidly. This book is making me infuriated & sad in turn, as a disabled person myself I have nightmares about what would happen to me in a disaster. #TIL-the owners of the hospital had some of their other hospitals offer to send helicopters, staff etc but they were told no, FEMA or the government had to do it😡

TiredLibrarian It's a great book, but very disturbing. We had a book discussion about it, and a dear woman in her late 80s was very upset because she could see herself being one of the patients they chose not to save. I can imagine seniors, people with disabilities, obese patients and/or POC being especially traumatized by it. But it's important that the story is told so these things never happen again. 3y
Megabooks How did your CT go? When will you get results? 3y
Freespirit Hope all ok with the scan xx 3y
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CarolynM Hope you get good results from the scan. Take care😘 3y
Lizpixie @TiredLibrarian I totally agree, it‘s just very hard to read @Megabooks @Freespirit @CarolynM thanks guys for your thoughts, I get the results tomorrow before taking them to my GP. I‘m pretty sure it‘s not gonna be good news but I‘ll survive🙂 3y
Megabooks Liz, if you need to talk, email me at booksandcooks.litsy@gmail.com !! 💜💜 3y
Clwojick 4pts 3y
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Lizpixie
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I‘m a bit late joining in the #WeeklyForecast party but better late than never I suppose! I‘m hoping to finish Leviathan Wakes today then I‘ll finish the tagged book. After that, it‘s another #NFNov read, either the book about Hedy Lamar, the WTC book or the biography of Valerie Taylor, an Aussie icon, shark & ocean conservationist & one half of the team that supplied all the shark footage for Jaws & numerous docos. We‘ll see how I do.

Cinfhen Lots of great books in your mix as always!!!! How are you feeling, my dear #SistaFromAnotherMista 3y
Clwojick 1pt 3y
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Lizpixie
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Woohoo! I finally managed to double the 24hrs in a #24B4Monday #readathon! I finished 3 books & got 1/2 through Loch Of The Dead, 3/4 of Leviathan Wakes & I‘m 100pgs into #NFNov read Five Days At Memorial. I got bugger all sleep & my eyes are fixing to fall out of my head but the tagged book is so good it‘s gonna be hard to put it down. I‘ll see if I can get some more chapters in before it‘s lights out. #TIL-profit driven healthcare sucks.

julesG Holy wow! That's awesome! 👏👏👏 3y
wanderinglynn That‘s amazing! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Clwojick Wow! That is awesome!!!! I might have to attempt that for one weekend in December. Whatever weekend I have off... whether or not it‘s the 24B4monday Readathon. 😂 3y
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BeansPage Holy crap girl you're on fire!!! 🔥🔥🔥 3y
BookwormAHN Wow 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
JessClark78 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Andrew65 Beyond words! 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂😳🥰 3y
Clwojick 4 pt 3y
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Lizpixie
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Checking in for the last stretch of my #24B4Monday #readathon I‘m having a late dinner while starting this #NFNov read about what happened at Memorial Hospital during Hurricane Katrina. It‘s over 450pgs so there‘s no way I‘ll finish it by the end but it‘s calling me to read it. Paired with my dinner of spicy sausages, herbed fried potatoes, peas & corn. Yum. #TIL-some of the medical personnel were charged with euthanising patients after the storm.

Suet624 Well that was quite the tidbit you dropped at the end of your post. 3y
Soubhiville I haven‘t heard of this. I‘m stacking it, thanks! 3y
Tamra I heard about that on a radio broadcast. It was a very sad & difficult situation. 😢 3y
Andrew65 The dinner looks scrumptious! 3y
Clwojick 4 pt 3y
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Lizpixie
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Bk1 in this weeks #libraryhaul is for #NFNov It tells the story of what happened in one hospital during Hurricane Katrina, from the chaos of evacuation to the court cases brought against medical personnel accusing them of leaving or helping patients to die. It also shows how unprepared they were for the disaster that unfolded despite years of warnings about the precarious state of New Orleans when major hurricanes happened.

Crazeedi Sounds like a book I want to read 3y
Sleepswithbooks This is a great book! 3y
Wife If this was fiction, you would comment on how far-fetched the whole thing was...but it‘s all true! I read it a couple years ago and still think about it at times, especially since I work in a hospital. 🏥 3y
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Cinfhen
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WOW!! Such a comprehensive and complicated subject matter but never dry or overly academic. So much to contemplate. I wish I read this with my bookclub as there were numerous ethical and moral issues. I can‘t even imagine putting myself in any of these peoples shoes. Epilogue was interesting as it mentions Hurricane Sandy and the lessons learnt from Katrina.
#NonFictionNovember
#BookClubWorthy
#LiveAndLearn

Cinfhen Thank you so much @Bklover for this book!!! I never would have picked it up on my own and it was a 5 star read!!!! 3y
Bklover Glad you liked it! I just sent you an email- let me know if you don‘t get it❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola Off to see if my library has it on audio. 😆 3y
Cinfhen Just responded @Bklover 😘 3y
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Cinfhen
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Why have I waited so long to read this book?? It‘s absolutely compelling. To read about the breakdown of a health care system in just a matter of days is horrifying. Hurricane Katrina was an unfathomable disaster but the lack of a plan for rescue is just mind boggling. All the praise to the nurses who showed what it means to be angels of mercy. #NonfictionNovember

Cinfhen Read it @AlaMich it‘s SO GOOD 3y
Chrissyreadit Oh! It‘s on my irl bookshelf waiting for me. 3y
BarbaraBB I always think of this book when hearing about Katrina. Did you read it? (edited) 3y
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AlaMich @Cinfhen It‘s definitely toward the top of my TBR! 😊 3y
emilyhaldi Such a stunning read isn‘t it?! 🤯 3y
AmyG @BarbaraBB I think of this, too, when I think of Katrina. Amazing book. And yes, read Zeitoun. (edited) 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve read Zeitoun @BarbaraBB @AmyG and it was very good but this book is on a whole different planet! It‘s something you can never imagine. Ever!!Bump it up your TBR @Chrissyreadit it‘s definitely in your wheelhouse 3y
Cinfhen I know you have a soft spot for NoLa @emilyhaldi 💔 3y
Kalalalatja I don‘t know much about Katrina, but this book sounds beyond interesting! #stacked 3y
BarbaraBB You are very convincing. Stacked! 3y
KarenUK This sounds frightening and heartbreaking in equal measures! 3y
LeahBergen I found this to be such a harrowing read! (edited) 3y
AprilMae I bought this book after I came home from New Orleans. I went on a guided tour and my lovely guide told us about this book. It's on my TBR 3y
Cinfhen I really recommend reading this book or listening on audio @AprilMae @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @KarenUK so many ethical issues to think about! It‘s great for bookclub discussion 3y
Cinfhen I must have been living in a bubble @LeahBergen because I don‘t recall the ordeal at Memorial Hospital. I remember hearing about the deplorable conditions at the NO stadium and all the riots and looting. 3y
arubabookwoman There were also several nursing homes that had issues similar to those at Memorial. I believe some of the owners were criminally prosecuted. I think the book may have touched on this. (edited) 3y
Insightsintobooks This sounds good. 3y
Cinfhen I‘m still on Day 5 although I think I logged 8 hours of listening time already @arubabookwoman but I‘m curious to see what other instructions are mentioned when I get to part 2/ Aftermath 3y
Cinfhen It‘s excellent @Insightsintobooks 3y
IamIamIam I stacked this. It looks really intense!!! 3y
Cinfhen I can‘t stop listening @IamIamIam so many moral and ethical dilemmas. I wish I read this for bookclub. 3y
Reviewsbylola I need to read this on audio. It‘s been awhile. 3y
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Cinfhen
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Up next / one for #NonfictionNovember and a cover that‘s calling to me. Five Days was gifted to me nearly 2 years ago from the lovely @Bklover & Speak No Evil was a gift from @Hooked_on_books ❣️❣️Excited to try both books, thanks friends 🙏🏼😘

Bklover ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
TheRiehlDeal I have Five Days at Memorial on my TBR. Let me know what you think of it! 3y
Samplergal I loved Five Days. 3y
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Cinfhen Will do @TheRiehlDeal I‘ve only read the first 50 pages and I‘m already seething @Samplergal I‘m thinking this would make for a great bookclub discussion 3y
Cinfhen 😘😘😘 @Bklover 3y
Hooked_on_books I liked both of these! I was in health care for many years before the 🌺 took over my life, so I had an interesting perspective going into that book. 3y
AlaMich I‘ve had Five Days on my Kindle for several years. I never seem to be able to work up the nerve to read it. 3y
Cinfhen It‘s daunting for sure @AlaMich but I can already tell im going to be hooked. I‘m trying not to make any judgements @Hooked_on_books because I‘m sure those 5 days were chaotic BUT.... the premise of what these doctors are considering is shocking 3y
arubabookwoman Although it‘s long, it‘s a page-turner. My three oldest children were born at Memorial (although it was then Southern Baptist Hospital). 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow @arubabookwoman was it difficult for you to read this book?? 3y
Hooked_on_books Certainly shocking. Some of their decisions I actually understand given the circumstances, but others were ethically and legally wrong, without question. I found it fairly simple to put myself in their shoes given my former profession. 3y
arubabookwoman The whole subject of Katrina is very difficult for me. We lived in NO for 18 years, and I have a deep love for the city, so the destruction & suffering of the city & its people was personal to me, even tho‘ we had moved several years before Katrina. I think the book presents the issues that arose at Memorial in a thoughtful & objective way. 3y
Reviewsbylola Wow, Evil is gorgeous! 3y
Cinfhen Just started Evil, the writing is gorgeous too @Reviewsbylola and I just finished Memorial which was just epic in scope ~ loved it 3y
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ShelleyBooksie
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Today is my big 4-0! Hoping to sneak in a nap and some dedicated reading time ♡

LauraJ Happy Birthday! 🎈🎁🎂 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Bday! 🥂🎁📚🎈 3y
AmyRebecca Birthday goodness! 😁🎂 3y
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Come-read-with-me @ShelleyBooksie Happy Birthday! Have an amazing time! 🎈 3y
JennyM Happy birthday 🥳 3y
sprainedbrain Happy birthday to you! 🎂 3y
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ShelleyBooksie
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#spooky50k - congratulations on your milestone @MatchlessMarie ! My spooky Halloween tradition is not so spooky - I love watching my kiddo and her friends trick or treating. Some people really do their homes up spookily!

MatchlessMarie It's still fun I bet! 🍫🎃 3y
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ScientistSam
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This book was really hard to read, but it raises questions we should all think about. The first part moves surprisingly slowly yet still was a bit hard to follow with the discursive back-stories, and incredibly hard to read because of the subject matter - the possible euthanasia of a number of patients at Memorial Hospital post-Katrina. The second part just sails by.
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Pickpick

This was a very good book, but it left me feeling disgusted. Disgusted with the people who failed to properly prepare a disaster plan. Disgusted with the people who made terrible decisions during a disaster while knowing they had better options. And utterly disturbed that not a thing was learned or changed.

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laceyannea
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My sweet reading companion and I are loving this book. Definitely the most interesting non-fiction I‘ve read in a long time.

rretzler 😻 3y
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laceyannea

I have anxiety just reading the weather alerts that were sent out on the first day of Katrina. I absolutely can‘t even imagine what it would be like to experience this.

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laceyannea
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I‘ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time, and it‘s now on the required reading for my Emergency Preparedness course (I‘m an MPH student)! Excited to start class Monday.

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Samplergal
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Rain storm: Five Days at Memorial ( Hurricane Katrina) #understatement

#bookishbingo

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Samplergal
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#readingUSA2019
#Louisiana

This book was so well researched and written. I obsessed about Hurricane Katrina when it occurred and watched this trial when it was ongoing. I just happened by it on my library recommendations list. So glad I found it.

JackieSmith This book is so good! 3y
Librarybelle I need to read this at some point! 3y
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Samplergal
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This is so good. This is the story of Hurricane Katrina and the hospital that turned into a war zone. Our government really failed with this Hurricane as with hose that have followed. I can‘t put this down.

MallenNC I have had this on my shelf forever I need to make time to read it. 3y
arubabookwoman That was an amazing book, and it raises interesting moral issues. My 3 oldest kids were born at that hospital (then known as Southern Baptist Hospital). 3y
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NatalieR
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I‘ve never been through a crisis like Katrina, so I can‘t even imagine the difficult decisions these medical professionals had to make. It seems like a lot was learned, but how does one decide which patients receive care over others? The author does a great job reporting on all sides of the story. #MountTBR #Audible #LitsyAtoZ #ReadingUSA #Louisiana @BookishMarginalia @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I‘ve had this one on my to read list for awhile...hopefully I will get to it soon! 4y
Pedrocamacho Amazing book. I loved it too 4y
Kaye 🌟NF 4y
Kappadeemom This was so hard to read 😥 4y
Graywacke Crazy book. I agree @Kappadeemom 4y
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Mamashep
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FINALLY have my hands on this one. I‘m so excited and can‘t wait to finish the book I‘m listening to so I can start it. #nonfiction #audiobook

mdhughes72 I found this one to be difficult to follow along to on audio. I never got very far. 4y
Mamashep @mdhughes72 that‘s my fear, especially since I mostly listen in the car. 4y
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stargazerblue49
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This book was so hard to put down but also hard to read. As a resident physician, I understand some of the things that must have been going through these providers‘ minds. But never having been in a crisis situation, I can‘t fathom the chaos and helplessness that must have been pervasive. If nothing else, I have certainly learned a lot about my particular feelings regarding the topics discussed in these pages. Very excellent and thought-provoking.

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BookNerd1975
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This book is absolutely heartbreaking!

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stargazerblue49

Started this one recently and it‘s so hard to put down! The prologue had me hooked like that!

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Sleepswithbooks
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Taking some quiet time to read while on a family visit #PureMichigan

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Sleepswithbooks
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A snoring dog and a book on my lap ... what else could I want on a Sunday afternoon? #cozyandhappy

jillannjohn I remember this so vividly (New Orleans native) but I haven‘t gotten to the book yet. 😬 4y
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Sleepswithbooks
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My favorite part of flying... reading and airport food!!

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Welllpppp. I'll just be picking my soul up off the floor for a while.

There's a special place in hell for some people.

Reviewsbylola This was so horrific. 4y
Sleepswithbooks I just got this in the mail from ThriftBooks... it‘s my next nonfiction read. 4y
LeahBergen Ooph, yeah... this is a harsh one. 4y
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