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A Bittersweet Season
Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves
Written by Jane Gross


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47240-3 (0-307-47240-X)

When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal with seemingly never-ending costs, and adapt to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Cotton Gown
A Midwife's Memoir
Written by Patricia Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7291-2 (0-8070-7291-5)

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

‘In her sweetly perceptive memoir, Harman reveals how her exam room... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Final Exit (Third Edition)
The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying
Written by Derek Humphry


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 26, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33653-6 (0-385-33653-5)

The original publication of Final Exit stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how--and when--to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient’s request for euthanasia.

In the wake of court cases and... Read more >

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Until It Hurts
America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids
Written by Mark Hyman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2119-4 (0-8070-2119-9)

Every year, more than 3.5 million children under age fifteen require medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which are the result of simple overuse. Journalist Mark Hyman investigates the evolution of youth sports from mere games to full-on quests to turn children into tomorrow’s superstar athletes by pushing them... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Full Body Burden
Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
Written by Kristen Iversen


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95563-0 (0-307-95563-X)

Chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association and 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic
Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Selected for Common Reading at:
Virginia Commonwealth University
St. Bonaventure University
Fort Lewis College
California State University... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Never Say Die
The Myth of the New Old Age
Written by Susan Jacoby


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45628-1 (0-307-45628-5)

In Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby delivers a brave, impassioned, and exceptionally important wake-up call to Americans who have long been deluded by the dangerous myth that a radically new old age awaits the huge baby boom generation.

Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Night Falls Fast
Understanding Suicide
Written by Kay Redfield Jamison


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70147-4 (0-375-70147-8)

Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of fifteen and forty-five.  An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illnesses, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Marketplace of the Marvelous
The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine
Written by Erika Janik


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2208-5 (0-8070-2208-X)

Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods such as induced vomiting and bleeding, blistering, and sweating patients. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices promising new ways to cure their ills: Hydropaths promised cures using “healing tubs.” Franz... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Cancer Chronicles
Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74230-8 (0-307-74230-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, George Johnson set out to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who spend their careers trying to understand and to fight it. What he discovered is a revolution under... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Cancer Chronicles
Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
Written by George Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59514-0 (0-307-59514-5)

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way—an explosion of new ideas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The American Nurse

Written by Carolyn Jones


Format: Hardcover, 180 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-121-0 (1-59962-121-5)

In The American Nurse, readers are invited to think about nurses in a way that they never have before, unless they have been under a nurse’s care. This body of work will inspire audiences to focus their attention on the nurses who serve as healers in their community, and whose wealth... Read more >

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The Camera My Mother Gave Me

Written by Susanna Kaysen


Format: Trade Paperback, 162 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76343-7 (0-679-76343-0)

Susanna Kaysen, who wrote about her teenage depression in the bestseller Girl, Interrupted, now takes on another taboo: her vagina—which suddenly and inexplicably starts to hurt. And neither Kaysen’s cheery gynecologist, nor her internist, nor a laconic “vulvologist” has the cure. An alternative health nurse suggests direct application of tea, baking... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Strength in What Remains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7761-5 (0-8129-7761-0)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Alvernia University
Arcadia University
Caldwell College
Claremont McKenna College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Penn State Berks
Stanford University
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
University of Delaware
Western Michigan University

All Iowa Reads 2012
Reading Together 2011, Kalamazoo Public Library

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award


In Strength in What Remains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder gives us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Drinking: A Love Story

Written by Caroline Knapp


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31554-8 (0-385-31554-6)

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Author Caroline Knapp, for example, started drinking at age fourteen. She drank through her years at an Ivy League college, and through an award-winning career as a lifestyle editor and columnist. Publicly, she was a dutiful... Read more >

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38709-7 (0-307-38709-7)

Winner of the Stowe Award for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26714-6 (0-307-26714-8)

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Path Appears
Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34991-8 (0-385-34991-2)

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world—a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from... Read more >

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When the Mind Hears
A History of the Deaf
Written by Harlan Lane


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72023-2 (0-679-72023-5)

This first comprehensive history of the Deaf is also a powerful and compassionate study of the anatomy of prejudice and the motives and means of oppression.  It is a narrative, told largely from the vantage point of Laurent Clerc, the deaf Frenchman who was an intellectual leader of the Deaf community in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secret Epidemic
The Story of AIDS and Black America
Written by Jacob Levenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72234-6 (0-385-72234-6)

As we enter the twenty-first century, AIDS in America has become primarily a black disease. African Americans now constitute 50 percent of all new HIV cases, and AIDS is one of the top causes of death in young black men and women. The story of how this came to pass reaches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Notebook
A Novel
Written by James A. Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52872-6 (0-385-52872-8)

An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Who Dies?
An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
Written by Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 18, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26221-7 (0-385-26221-3)

Who Dies?—“the Bible of the Conscious Dying Movement” (Harpers)—reveals the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of the new Hospice movement with its focus on providing a warm, supportive, and open environment for the dying individual—as opposed to sterile environments that separate the dying person from family, friends, children and familiar surroundings. Future... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The New Killer Diseases
How the Alarming Evolution of Germs Threatens Us All
Written by Elinor Levy and Mark Fischetti


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5275-2 (1-4000-5275-0)

In The New Killer Diseases, respected immunologist Dr. Elinor Levy and veteran science author Mark Fischetti explore the astonishing range of killer microbes, both documented and newly-emerging.

From the SARS and West Nile viruses to mad cow and Ebola, thirty new deadly diseases have arisen since the 1970s, and twenty old scourges... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Of Two Minds
An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74493-1 (0-679-74493-2)

With sharp and soulful insight, T. R. Luhrmann examines the world of psychiatry, a profession which today is facing some of its greatest challenges from within and without, as it continues to offer hope to many.

At a time when mood-altering drugs have revolutionized the treatment of the mentally ill and HMO’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Waist-High in the World
A Life Among the Nondisabled
Written by Nancy Mairs


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 22, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7087-1 (0-8070-7087-4)

In a blend of intimate memoir and passionate advocacy, Nancy Mairs takes on the subject woven through all her writing: disability and its effect on life, work, and spirit.

“Graceful yet gritty paradoxes drive this extraordinary book, which uses the author’s degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, as a window into a very particular... Read more >

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Saving Sammy
A Mother's Fight to Cure Her Son's OCD
Written by Beth Alison Maloney


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46184-1 (0-307-46184-X)

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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