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Healthcare Equity Book Club: Welcome

Information about the Henry Ford Health Healthcare Equity Book Club

Healthcare Equity Book Club

Join the Henry Ford Health  - Healthcare Equity Book Club!  A book related to culture or equity is selected each quarter. Discussions are both online and in person, and are moderated by our Henry Ford Health - Healthcare Equity Team.

 

How to Join the Discussion:

You must be a Goodreads member to join the Book Club. Goodreads is a free site that hosts reading groups, lets you create lists of the books you've read and those you want to read. It's a great site to locate reading suggestions, too.

  • Once at the Goodreads site, create a free account. Once you are a member and you have made the choices necessary to set up your home page, select "Groups" under the Community drop down link and search for "Healthcare Equity Book Club".
  • Click "Join Group" and ask permission to join the group. A group administrator will get an email from Goodreads and will approve your membership.
  • You will be notified of the books selected for upcoming discussions and meeting information via email.
  • You must be an employee or affiliated with Henry Ford Health to join the group.

Librarian

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Amanda Kelly
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Contact:
Henry Ford Macomb Library
15855 19 Mile Road
Clinton Twp, MI 48038
(586) 263-2033

Meeting Information

Next Healthcare Equity Book Club: Thursday, July 25, 2024 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - This is a virtual meeting.

This will be a virtual book club meeting.

Please contact Amanda Kelly at akelly14@hfhs.org for the Webex Information.  Amanda will forward the Webex connection information to you.

July 2024 Book Club Selections

Book Club selections may be checked out from the Sladen Library.  Email us at sladen@hfhs.org or akelly14@hfhs.org or give us a call at 313-916-2550 and we can assist you with availability and delivery.

Book Selections for the July 25, 2024 Book Club

When Breath Becomes Air

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST * This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question, What makes a life worth living? "Unmissable . . . Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, People, NPR, The Washington Post, Slate, Harper's Bazaar, Time Out New York, Publishers Weekly, BookPage At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a na├»ve medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life" into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. "I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything," he wrote. "Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: 'I can't go on. I'll go on.'" When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.   Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir

Sociopath: A Memoir

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir of the author's struggle to understand her own sociopathy and shed light on the often maligned and misunderstood mental disorder. "A cross between a podcast by relationship therapist Esther Perel and a salacious tell-all." --San Francisco Chronicle Patric Gagne realized she made others uncomfortable before she started kindergarten. Something about her caused people to react in a way she didn't understand. She suspected it was because she didn't feel things the way other kids did. Emotions like fear, guilt, and empathy eluded her. For the most part, she felt nothing. And she didn't like the way that "nothing" felt. She did her best to pretend she was like everyone else, but the constant pressure to conform to a society she knew rejected anyone like her was unbearable. So Patric stole. She lied. She was occasionally violent. She became an expert lock-picker and home-invader. All with the goal of replacing the nothingness with...something. In college, Patric finally confirmed what she'd long suspected. She was a sociopath. But even though it was the very first personality disorder identified--well over 200 years ago--sociopathy had been neglected by mental health professionals for decades. She was told there was no treatment, no hope for a normal life. She found herself haunted by sociopaths in pop culture, madmen and evil villains who are considered monsters. Her future looked grim. But when Patric reconnects with an old flame, she gets a glimpse of a future beyond her diagnosis. If she's capable of love, it must mean that she isn't a monster. With the help of her sweetheart (and some curious characters she meets along the way) she embarks on a mission to prove that the millions of Americans who share her diagnosis aren't all monsters either. This is the inspiring story of her journey to change her fate and how she managed to build a life full of love and hope.