January 24, 2014

Deborah Cohen spoke about her book, A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic--And How We Can End It, at Politics & Prose on Friday, January 24, 2014.

Obesity is the public health crisis of the twenty-first century. Over 150 million Americans are overweight or obese, and across the globe an estimated 1.5 billion are affected. In A Big Fat Crisis, Dr. Deborah A. Cohen has created a major new work that will transform the conversation surrounding the modern weight crisis. Based on her own extensive research, as well as the latest insights from behavioral economics and cognitive science, Cohen reveals what drives the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can overcome it.

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ISBN: 9781568589671
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Nation Books - December 24th, 2013

December 4, 2013

Katy Butler spoke about her book, Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

When doctors refused to disable her father's pace­maker, sentencing him to a protracted and agonizing death, Katy set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother faced her own illness, rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and instead met death head-on. Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a revolution­ary blend of memoir and investigative reporting, is the fruit of the Butler family’s journey.

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ISBN: 9781451641981
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2014

September 18, 2013

Sheri Fink spoke about her book, Five Days at Memorial, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

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 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.

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ISBN: 9780307718976
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Published: Broadway Books - January 26th, 2016