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Tony Miksanek on Histories by Sam Guglani

"One British hospital. Seven days and nights. Plenty of perspectives from those who work there, train there, and are treated there…… the characters in these connected stories spill their secrets and shame, tout their triumphs and tragedies."

Russell Teagarden on Far From the Tree by Rachel Dretzin and Andrew Solomon

"The documentary is based on Andrew Solomon’s 2012 book Far From the Tree, a study of families with children who are different in all sorts of ways from their parents and siblings to degrees that altered and even threatened family functions and relationships."

Carol Schilling on Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body by Devan Stahl

"Imaging and Imagining Illness deserves the attention of readers interested in intersections of the arts and health or healthcare, whether clinicians, artists, or humanities teachers and scholars from college through medical school."

Russell Teagarden on Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich

"Ehrenreich wants people to know they have choices in managing their health and that their preferences matter a lot."

Tony Miksanek on This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

"Residency training is a roller coaster ride, and the experience is captured here with exceptional clarity, honesty, and a sprinkling of humor."

Shawn Thomas on Art & Anatomy: Drawings by Laura Ferguson and Katie Grogan

"Art & Anatomy: Drawings proves... that there is an artist living inside each and every one of us; just give us a drawing pad and watch what happens."

Cortney Davis on The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

"This memoir--densely written, action packed--is her account of her work [as a nurse]… painting vivid portraits of her patients and the many acts of kindness she offers them along the way."

Martin Kohn on Taking Care of Time by Cortney Davis

"In this volume by the esteemed nurse-poet/writer, Cortney Davis, are 43 previously published poems...Featured throughout are battles won and lost-- with disease, with the medical staff, and as the title-- taking care of time-- suggests, the finitude we all face."

Sam Perkins on The Lonely City – Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

"Olivia Laing, a British novelist and writer on cultural and social issues, tackles the phenomenon of loneliness as a pervasive condition that is both a symptom and a cause of malaise, dysphoria and depression."

Cortney Davis on The Comet's Tail: A Memoir of No Memory by Amy Nawrocki

"This little book (little both in page numbers and in its 4x6 inch dimension) is a beautifully written contemplation not only of what happened to the author's memory during and after illness, but of memory itself, its twists and turns and mysteries."

Guy Glass on The Center Cannot Hold by Kenneth B. Wells

"This is an opera based on Elyn R. Saks’s best-selling book The Center Cannot Hold.  Subtitled “My Journey Through Madness,” the memoir recounts the author’s struggle with schizophrenia.”

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  • 265 Performing Art Annotations
  • 98 Artists
  • 1773 Authors
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