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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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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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Melissa_J
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Two books, one fiction and one non-fiction, dealing with the devastating effects of a #hurricane. I have yet to read either, but they both sound excellent.

#TallShipCelebration

CrowCAH The right one looks epic stormy! ⛈ 2mo
CouronneDhiver ↗️ I‘ve got that one. Buddy read sometime? 2mo
Melissa_J @CouronneDhiver of course! Just let me know when you‘d like to start 😊 2mo
LeahBergen Five Days at Memorial. Ooph ... it‘s harrowing. 2mo
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Vanillafire
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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 😻 4mo
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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! 5mo
Librarybelle I need to read this at some point! 5mo
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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. 5mo
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). 5mo
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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! 8mo
Pedrocamacho Amazing book. I loved it too 8mo
Kaye 🌟NF 8mo
Kappadeemom This was so hard to read 😥 8mo
Graywacke Crazy book. I agree @Kappadeemom 8mo
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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. 11mo
Mamashep @mdhughes72 that‘s my fear, especially since I mostly listen in the car. 11mo
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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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Stacypatrice
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Taking some quiet time to read while on a family visit #PureMichigan

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Stacypatrice
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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. 😬 1y
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Stacypatrice
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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. 1y
Stacypatrice I just got this in the mail from ThriftBooks... it‘s my next nonfiction read. 1y
LeahBergen Ooph, yeah... this is a harsh one. 1y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Audio cleaning and errand running today.

Heard about this book on a podcast and it immediately had my attention. Story about Memorial Hospital in Louisiana. It took five days before they were evacuated after Hurricane Katrina and they were without water or electricity. In the aftermath, multiple nurses and doctors were charged with euthanizing their patients. 😬😩😧

MicheleinPhilly It took me MONTHS to read this. It‘s so horrifying. 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly I'm already uncomfortable and I just started. 1y
MicheleinPhilly According to GR, I started it on Jan. 2, 2014 and didn‘t finish until April 3. 1y
Stacypatrice I just ordered this one from ThriftBooks... 1y
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bohemian_yogini
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This book is an extremely objective look at all sides of the situation: patients, hospital staff, rescue/relief efforts, and corporate employees, and how everyone‘s efforts ultimately impacted the loss of life in the hospital. Sherri Fink did a superb job demonstrating the un-preparedness of the hospital without placing the blame on any one group.

Had to give up though, it just couldn‘t hold my attention, and there are too many titles waiting.

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mdm139
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My mom gave me the heart mug for a litsy pic so I am posting this pic for her. My tea is in my lit cup though. It is lemon infusion tea with rock sugar and a lemon honey spoon. The book is slow going because it is so distrubing I need to take lots of breaks.

AmyG The blue mug is ❤️ 2y
britt_brooke This book took me a while, too. Same reason. It‘s very much worth it, but so hard to take in. (edited) 2y
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mdm139
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Decided that since I had to sacrifice my trip to the book store to run errands for my family, I would treat myself to lunch out. Honey bacon club sandwich, yucan chicken tortilla soup and roll, chocolate strawberry and peppermint hot chocolate creme brule for dessert and fresh basil and cucmber green tea. #nonfiction2018

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mdm139
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Been a stressful day worrying about family members and trying to find solutions to help them. So I am taking a little caretaker me time break. The cup I got from my local coffee shop, the other side has their name on it. I am drinking citrus mint tea with rock sugar and crystallized ginger to try and ward off the sick that is going around.

MargoCatts Tea makes you better! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Alternating between physical and audio on this book while I get ready for Grandma's 92nd birthday lunch 🎂

Coming up on hour 11... My goal was to make it to 12, so I'm happy!
#24in48

Andrew65 Great going 👍 2y
Kappadeemom That was hard to read... 2y
Leftcoastzen And a great day for grandma and your family . 2y
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jbhops That was a great book. 2y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola You‘ll love this one. 2y
Cinfhen Happy birthday Grandma!!!! Amazing 💗💗💗 2y
Cathythoughts Well done 💕👏👏 2y
Kalalalatja Well done you! 👏👏 2y
LeahBergen I always use the word “harrowing” to describe this read. Oof. 😬 2y
britt_brooke This is a tough and infuriating read, but very good. 2y
Mdargusch 🎂🎂🎂🍰🍰🍰🎂🎂🎂 2y
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bohemian_yogini
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What‘s on your bedside table? Tag me & show me! 🖤

#BooksWithBohemianYogini

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bohemian_yogini
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“Concepts of triage and medical rationing are a barometer of how those in power in a society value human life.”

#BooksWithBohemianYogini

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Cinfhen
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Another one from my TBR ...A NF following the devastation created by hurricane Katrina as it flooded Memorial Hospital in New Orleans and the challenging #five days doctors, nurses and care givers struggled to preform their jobs without power, electricity or assistance. #NovemberByTheNumbers

LeahBergen It's brutal but so good. 2y
Blaire Agree with @LeahBergen it is a tough but worthwhile read. Another great Katrina book is 2y
Cinfhen I did read and "enjoy" Eggers book @Blaire 2y
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AmyG This was an excellent book. Brutal is a good word to describe it. 2y
Kappadeemom I read it but it took forever. I would have to put it down for a while and then pick it back up. 2y
Reviewsbylola Very good but unbelievable. 2y
emilyhaldi Another one I've been meaning to read! 2y
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Bklover
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This too has been on my TBR for ages. Ages. #mothernature #beastsgiveawaychallenge

heikemarie I listened to it on audio and didn't finish. I plan to eventually............ 2y
MaureenMc Yep, I've owned the ebook for a few years now. I'll get to it some day! 2y
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Kappadeemom
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My view after work today. Seems appropriate to take a pic of a rainbow when you read this book. It's about a hospital in New Orleans that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and what happened to the patients there during that time

britt_brooke This book is such a tough and infuriating read. 2y
Kappadeemom I'm only in the first chapter and had to catch my breath already 😢 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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#bookmail is the best mail. These goodies arrived a couple of days ago and have been added to the TBR mountain. Another Brooklyn is on my July list.

irre Another Brooklyn is sooo good! 2y
AnnieReads William Kent Krueger is fantastic!! 2y
Freefallinmissy Ordinary grace is one of my all time favs (edited) 2y
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PedanticPastorMartha
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Great read--thought/provoking on how society decides who gets medical resources, especially in crisis situations, and who is held responsible for those decisions. Fink makes s good case for encouraging out of the box thinking in those crises, too.

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PedanticPastorMartha

Sigh. Still #2 on library waitlist for Long Black Veil (Jennifer Finney Boylan). My plan was to spend today reading that w/lots of iced tea & pad Thai. Instead reading Five Days at Memorial --investigation into the evacuation--or non-evacuation--of patients from Memorial Hospital in NOLA after Katrina. Riveting & sad & disturbing & thought-provoking. Don't know how I missed it when it was published a couple years ago and won several prizes.

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Suzze
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A year and a half after Katrina, I made my only trip to New Orleans. I was driving home from Texas and decided I needed to go there. I was amazed at the sea of blue tarps everywhere, covering roofs damaged by the hurricane. I only spent one night, in an historic hotel in the French Quarter, but had a great time. Brought this home with me. #aprilbookshowers #masked

RealLifeReading Beautiful! 2y
Kris10 I just bought this book! Living only 60 miles from NOLA and being a nurse, I can't believe it's taken me this long. 2y
Suzze @Kris10 excellent book. Hard to believe that all happened. 2y
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Nicole
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This book is haunting and gripping and an impeccable nonfiction read. Perfect for the #MOREORLESS giveaway!

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Jewelms
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Interesting

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Conservio
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A fantastic book. Does a great job not taking sides or trying to persuade the viewer to one point or the other. I will say that my viewpoint definitely changed by the end. Would recommend reading slowly. There's a lot of detail and it can be... tedious. Still a 5/5. Would recommend for those interested in disasters and medical ethics #hurricane #Katrina #medicine #march #nonfiction #library

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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The tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and Memorial Hospital. The fact that 'the system' broke down so quickly in such a short period of time should give us all nightmares. This leaves so many unanswered or maybe unanswerable questions. Should patients who are seemingly fatally ill be medicated to the point that their death is hastened? Should all attempts be made to rescue said patients? Who has priority in disaster situations?

Kappadeemom I have been wanting to read this - its non-fiction, right? 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Kappadeemom Yes, nonfiction. It's really good. 3y
LeahBergen This book was so well done. 3y
Reviewsbylola You're right, this book brought up a lot of difficult questions. Chilling read. 3y
Librarianaut Sounds very interesting 3y
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Conservio
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Wow... I'm getting chills reading this chapter. The author did a great job with making the setting quite ominous.... the hurricane is over, the hospital is moving... yet many feet of water is in the street... people are trapped in their homes.. #ominous #medicinemarch #hurricane

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Conservio
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I may have added a ton of nonfiction disaster books to my too read... what can I say? Disaster relief would be an extremely interesting field to work in #disasters #tooread

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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This week's #bookmail includes beautiful bookmarks from Little Inklings on Etsy (I ordered them while drinking way too much wine) and a book that I won during a readathon back in January.

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Conservio
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It has a map and a cast of characters! A sure sign of a thought out book #medicine #map #castofcharacters

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Conservio
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This has been on my TBR list since 2015. #medicinemarch #nonfiction

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Haweller
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September of 2005 found my family packing to move to Japan with very little notice so while I knew about Hurricane Katrina I missed most of the devastation of it, so this book was very enlightening. As a nurse I can't even imagine the horror of the situation. I know that everyone has to make up their own minds about the end results but I for one will not judge since I was not there and can not know.

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Avidreader25
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I'm halfway through this book about a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina and I'm completely blown away. I can't put it down. It reminds me of Isaac's Storm. It's beautifully written and researched and the facts are horrifying.

LeafingThroughLife I find a lot of nonfiction hard going, but I couldn't put this one down either! 3y
Avidreader25 @LeafingThroughLife Reminds beds me of Erik Larsen's style, sucks you in from the start! 3y
LeahBergen This was fantastic. 3y
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MicheleinPhilly
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#FeistyFeb #DeckleEdge One I loved, one I hated, and one from the #TBR mountain.

Moray_Reads Which is which? 😉 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Moray_Reads LOVED Five Days at Memorial, HATED Avenue of Mysteries. 3y
Suzze Five Days at Memorial was fabulous! 3y
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saresmoore Five Days at Memorial sounds incredible, but also like it'd be a tough read. 3y
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore Oh it is. I had to read it over several months because it was so incredibly disturbing. 3y
AlaMich It's been on my Kindle for quite awhile, but I haven't worked up the nerve to begin yet. Life is a bit too precarious for all of us already at the moment. 😟 (edited) 3y
Haweller Working on this now. Not an easy book which probably explains why I have had a two week hiatus to catch up on Nashville. 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Haweller It is just heartbreaking. 3y
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TheBookStacker
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My beautiful local Public Library. As a transplant to this city the first place I sought was a bookstore, second place was a library. After the tornadoes of today, I'm thankful I wasn't in the path but my heart breaks for those who were affected by this.

emilyhaldi I went to Tulane and recognized this library immediately! Unfortunately I've never been inside, but drove past on St Charles so many times... lovely! ❤ 3y
DivineDiana Beautiful! 3y
RadicalReader @TheBookStacker why do you sought out a bookstore then a library? 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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Back to books! This came highly recommended by a fellow Litten (❤), and it definitely lived up to its reputation! I listened to it on audio, and the narrator was the perfect fit. A haunting & detailed story about one hospitals nightmare during Hurricane Katrina, and the debatable repercussions that would follow for years to come.

Suet624 Saw that at the library and wondered if I could handle it. 3y
Suzze I loved this book. Hard to imagine. 3y
LeahBergen It's so well done. 3y
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TheBookStacker I now live in Louisiana so I feel this is something that I should read. 3y
Zelma @TheBookStacker welcome to Louisiana! A few of us on Litsy live here. 👍 3y
Zelma I agree with you on the audio. It was tough to listen at times but it was really well done and with the perfect reader. 3y
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This part portrait of a hospital trying to survive in the wake of disaster and part exploration of end-of-life care and euthanasia in the U.S. reads like a thriller and is the first nonfiction book I've included on my Page Turners list. Full review coming on the blog.
#nonficnov

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Bklover
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#Novembertbr #photoadaynovember16. Okay haven't done this before so this is my first tbr. I don't know how you all stick to a tbr list when every day I see new and interesting books posted by all of you! This is probably a bit ambitious but I will see how I do!

Bklover Just realized I cut off The Nix at the bottom!! 3y
Betty I have the same problem! 3y
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Marmie7 I'm reading Witches this month too! It sounds so interesting. 3y
Reviewsbylola Really enjoyed The Lake House, 5 Days at Memorial, and The Paying Guests. 3y
Bklover @Marmie7 I know! I'm looking forward to it! 3y
Bklover @Reviews by Lola - glad to hear it. Can't decide what to read first. Have 5 Days at Memorial out to read but haven't started it yet. Decisions!! 3y
Bklover @Betty my cat Jill knocked the whole stack over right after I took the pic. #catsoflitsy 3y
Cinfhen I'm enjoying seeing everyone's #TBR stack 3y
CocoReads I make a tbr but don't really stick to it, I read depending on my mood of the day and whether or not I need to focus on group reads. 3y
RealLifeReading I've been meaning to read Five Days. Let us know what you think of it 3y
LeahBergen I can hardly plan what book I will read next as so many things influence my next pick! 3y
Lakesidemusing I love making the list, but rarely stick to it😜 3y
tasha I'm too much of an on the fly reader and NEVER stick to TBR piles or lists. I'm too all over the place :) 3y
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