"A heart-wrenching and provocative memoir about how the essential parts of one young woman's early life—her mother's work as a surgeon and her spiritual practice—led her to become a doctor and to question the premise that medicine exists to prolong life at all costs. Dr. Sunita Puri's parents grew up in urban India, in extreme poverty. Yet they managed not only to reach America, but her mother become a renowned anesthesiologist too. As a young girl, Puri realized that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was nearly impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and faith. Puri spent her childhood in nurse's lounges waiting for her mother to exit the OR, and also in deep conversation with her parents about the role of faith in shaping a compassionate life. As a young woman, Puri followed her mother into medicine. But as the years of her training passed, Puri began to question medicine's power. Were patients' lives being saved, or merely prolonged? What did doctors understand whenpatients use words like "warrior," "survive," "recover"? Eventually, Puri's questions led her to palliative care—a new field, one at work translating the border between medical intervention and quality of life care. By helping patients think through radical medical decisions, Puri balanced the pull of her family's faith and the incessant and sterile push of Western medicine. Written in gorgeous, evocative prose, That Good Night shares Puri's own stories along with her patients' to reveal a nuanced and optimistic portrait of medicine and hospitalization, arming readers with questions that will revolutionize the way we connect with our doctors"—
An account of the quest by Christopher Columbus's illegitimate son, Hernando, to create a multicultural library details his world travels to collect thousands of books.
Traces how the eight-hundred-acre Philadelphia estate of the author's investment banker great-grandfather shaped choices that impacted generations of her family, particularly her father, and reflected the encroaching economic inequalities of the modern era.
"Before mommy blogs were even invented, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of motherhood in her nationally syndicated column. Now she's taking the next step and going full Nana in the pages of this lively and moving book abouther grandchildren, her children, and her new and remarkable role"—
A timely call to action for women's empowerment by the influential co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation identifies the link between women's equality and societal health, sharing uplifting insights by international advocates in the fight against gender bias. (social science). Illustrations.
Peter Bagge returns with a biography of another fascinating twentieth-century trailblazer — the writer, feminist, war correspondent, and libertarian Rose Wilder Lane. Following the popularity and critical acclaim of Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story and Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story is a fast-paced, charming, informative look at the brilliant Lane.
"How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy. Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents. John and John Quincy Adams were brilliant, prickly politicians and arguably the most independently minded among leaders of the founding generation. Distrustful of blind allegiance to a political party, they brought a healthy skepticismof a brand-new system of government to the country's first 50 years. They were unpopular for their fears of the potential for demagoguery lurking in democracy, and—in a twist that predicted the turn of twenty-first century politics—they warned against,but were unable to stop, the seductive appeal of political celebrities Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. In a bold recasting of the Adamses' historical roles, The Problem of Democracy is a major critique of the ways in which their prophetic warnings have been systematically ignored over the centuries. It's also an intimate family drama that brings out the torment and personal hurt caused by the gritty conduct of early American politics. Burstein and Isenberg make sense of the presidents' somewhat iconoclastic, highly creative engagement with America's political and social realities. By taking the temperature of American democracy, from its heated origins through multiple upheavals, the authors reveal the dangers and weaknesses that have been present since the beginning. They provide a clear-eyed look at a decoy democracy that masks the reality of elite rule while remaining open, since the days of George Washington, to a very undemocratic result in the formation of a cult surrounding the person of an elected leader"—
The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson provides an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid and deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books. Tour.
The author of the National Book Award finalist, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar, investigates the brutal realities of Chinese and Indian women laborers whose family lives are impacted by domestic abuse, alcoholism, unplanned pregnancies and poor healthcare.
A revelatory memoir about sex, oppression and the universal struggle for justice by the Executive Director of UNAIDS describes his personal quest for love and self-respect as a gay youth in mid-20th-century India and Harvard. 40,000 first printing.
Chronicles the story of the Reconstruction-era Secret Service and its battle against the KKK's effort to suppress the emancipated African-American vote, sharing particular insights into the career of controversial Secret Service chief, Hiram C. Whitley.
Traces the lesser-known story of mid-20th-century spy Virginia Hall, detailing her pivotal role in coordinating Resistance activities in Europe that helped change the course of World War II. By the award-winning author of Clementine. Illustrations. Map(s).
Draws on independent research in a controversial analysis of American perceptions about cults that argues that history's emblematic prophets and messianic figures gained power by exposing deep social injustices and tapping the human impulse to escape flawed cultural systems.