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May's books & drinks meeting!

Hello book lovers!

I have been wanting to read this book for a while, but just haven't gotten around to it. I can't remember exactly where I heard about it, but I am so intrigued and fascinated by the subject. I believe it will be interesting, challenging, and inspiring all at the same time! This month's book is:

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Some critics say:

"Susannah Cahalan takes us through her difficult, frightening personal medical journey with wisdom and grace, and as readers we benefit immensely from her intelligent reflections on her experience. Brain on Fire reads like a scientific thriller, but with a profound and moving philosophy at its heart.”

DAVID B. AGUS, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California, and author of The End of Illness

“Susannah Cahalan describes in chilling detail her descent into an inexplicable madness. So vivid and honest is Cahalan’s portrayal that the reader is drawn inexorably into her world as it disintegrates until she loses her very self emotionally, physically, and mentally. . . It is a story of everyday heroes—her family, friends, and the determined doctors who steadfastly fought for her . . . Bravo to Ms. Cahalan who has been to hell and back and chronicles her journey so poignantly that we all may benefit.”

BARBARA ARROWSMITH YOUNG, Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program, and author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

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  • Eleanor F.

    The book was great and I loved it. I think that it was so straight forward that it was difficult to discuss. It has made me think about whether fiction inherently provides a wider variety of aspects to explore.

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I must change my RSVP to "no"; this month has turned out to be much busyier ( hmm...is that a word?) than I expected, so I have not had time to read the book. June/July should should be much easier. See you then.

    May 20, 2014

    • Liz

      See you then!

      May 28, 2014

  • James L.

    So, didn't read the book this month... Case Histories was to good to put down. What's the next book?

    May 26, 2014

    • Liz

      Haha! the next book is The Orphan Train.

      May 28, 2014

  • Tracy S.

    I am so sorry for cancelling again. I went on a trip this month and forgot all about the book and meeting. Maybe eventually, I'll get there.

    May 27, 2014

    • Liz

      It totally happens. Understandable! But, we do hope to meet you soon!

      May 28, 2014

  • Karen

    I am new to this group - is the meeting always on the last Tuesday of the month? I have a Friends of the Library meeting that night every month, so I may never get to join you if they always conflict. Too bad, because I think the book sounds interesting.

    April 30, 2014

    • Liz

      Oh no. It is the last Tuesday of the month. If you want to read the book anyway and chat about it over coffee sometime, then you are more than welcome to join the Asheville Fika group (another meetup I organize). We meet every Wednesday at 11:30 in different coffeehouses for conversation. There are quite a few book club members who also go to the fika group! We'd love to chat with you about it there sometime!

      April 30, 2014

    • Karen

      I actually did hear about this group yesterday from one of those book club members who goes to both, so I might try that. Thanks for the invite.

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My co-worker will be back by then, so I should be able to get off work early & attend this month's meetup; however, it's good to know about Fika in case for some unforseen reason I can't.

    1 · May 1, 2014

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