All book club meetings will be held online from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. until further notice.
- Thursday, January 20: Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English (1993)
Medicine has always been an arena of struggle between female practitioners and male professionals. This pamphlet explores two important phases in the male takeover of health care: the suppression of witches in medieval Europe and the rise of the male medical profession in the United States.
- Thursday, March 17: Duty of Care: One Doctor’s Story of the COVID-19 by Dr. Dominic Pimenta (2020)
This is a nonfiction account of a doctor’s experiences working in a National Health Service (NHS) ICU ward during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with much of the book focusing on the events that occurred in March and April of 2020. It provides some great insights into the struggles that the NHS faced at the beginning of the pandemic, which only worsened as the case count climbed.
- Thursday, May 19: You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown (2021)
There is no doubt currently in anyone’s mind that there is a definite “shift” happening right now in our world! This book highlights the importance of using one’s platform to improve and impact lives—a form of “Active Activism” rather than “Reactive Activism”.
- Thursday, September 15: Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America by William H. Colby (2006)
“Unplugged” addresses the fundamental questions of the right-to-die debate and discusses how the medical advances that bring so much hope and healing have also helped to create today’s dilemma. This compelling book explores recent high-profile cases, including that of Mrs. Schiavo, and illuminates the complex legal, ethical, medical, and deeply personal issues of a debate that ultimately affects us all.
- Thursday, November 17: Charity: The Heroic and Heartbreaking Story of Charity Hospital in Hurricane Katrina by Jim Carrier (2015)
First went the power. Then came the water, and for five days, the country’s oldest hospital was under siege. The never-before-told story of the heroic doctors, nurses—and patients—who fought to survive Hurricane Katrina at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. The story traces a remarkable five-day transformation of an infirm institution, caught in a sea of death and indifference, into an island of care and tenderness.