Book Club: Five Days at Memorial

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Book Club: Five Days at Memorial
February 1, 2020 9:00 AM
February 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Book Club: Five Days at Memorial
October 1, 2019

Join us!  The Book Club will meet on the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the meeting room at the Library. These books were chosen at the group’s meeting in August 2018. For more information, call Tiffany McNeil at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).

The selection for February 2020 is Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink. Presented by Ruth Sendecki.
In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five 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 disasters—and 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.  –

Upcoming Selections:

March 2020: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, discussion led by Caroline Evans

April 2020: The Library Book by Susan Orlean, discussion led by Meg Nagel

May 2020: The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough, discussion led by Mabel Risch

June 2020: Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker, discussion led by Carol Cox

July 2020: The Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, discussion led by Brenda Joyce Coda

August 2020: Planning Meeting for 2020-2021 Book Club

September 2020: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, discussion led by Anita Brown & Sally Thoreson

October 2020: How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr, discussion led by Tiffany McNeil

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