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Gretl Lam on Xanax Rainbow by Kelly Reemtsen

"Kelly Reemtsen is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores the roles of modern day women, particularly well-educated, professional women in America."

Russell Teagarden on Medical Nemesis--Limits to Medicine: The Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich

"His book is not just for health care providers, but for all those who have an impact on how health care affects health…,"

Guy Glass on Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

"James Rhodes is a British classical concert pianist who is known for his iconoclastic, pop-inspired performing style.  He is also an outspoken survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is equally frank about his struggles with severe mental illness."

Mona Saleh on Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks

"Written by successful Australian journalist Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire recounts her experiences living among and working with Muslim women throughout her time as a correspondent in the Middle East."

Guy Glass on Dear Evan Hansen by Pasek & Paul

"Dear Evan Hansen is a critically acclaimed musical that opened on Broadway in December 2016.  It is loosely based on an incident experienced by one of its creators (Benj Pasek) while in high school, involving the suicide of a fellow student."

Albert Howard Carter on Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman

"Andrew Schulman is a New York guitarist...His memoir describes his experience as a patient in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), where he was briefly clinically dead. Six months later he began a part-time career as a guitarist playing for patients and staff in that very same SICU."

Gabriel Redel-Traub on Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

"Oshinsky’s affection for Bellevue as an institution, for its physicians and for its hallowed place in the history of New York City shines throughout making the book both exciting and relevant for the modern reader."

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  • 174 Visual Art Annotations
  • 2711 Literature Annotations
  • 259 Performing Art Annotations
  • 96 Artists
  • 1733 Authors
  • 146 Keywords