Summer rolls in and it seems like life and work slow down for a minute. You have more time in the sunshine and ideally more time for reading.
June was just the opposite for me as I had a month of moving, family events, traveling for work, and a much needed vacation. As I hopped around physically from city to city, my brain seemed to follow. I jumped around between five different books this month, moving from young adult to mysteries to a book about the “princess culture” and it’s impact on young girls.
As the month came to a close, I found I only finished one of the stack of books but it did not disappoint. Bonus of being back home this month: I rediscovered my love for public libraries.
Back in the US for a wedding, I took a trip to my local library and found this book that has been on my list forever. As a hardback, Five Days at Memorial is pretty intimidating, coming in at around 500 pages but I was determined to get through it, 1) because the reviews had been great and 2) library books have due dates so challenge accepted.
Filled with heart wrenching stories about a New Orleans hospital that went into crisis mode during Hurricane Katrina, this book makes you think about the crossover between ethics and medicine. Fink tries to piece together what happened from various first and second hand accounts and then follows the public debate after the disaster.
This book will make you think about triage, the process of prioritizing care, DNRs, and why it’s so hard for people to talk about death. I highly recommend this book to anyone working in or going into the medical field and honestly, anyone interested in exploring the idea of what you would do in a crisis.
What books are on your summer reading list? Anyone else having trouble focusing on one book at a time?
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