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May 15th UPDATE: Thanks for the enthusiastic response! Our supply of advance reading copies is now spoken for. We hope to get your books in the mail by the end of this week.
Greetings, Book Explorers:
This is my 20th post and I have a great treat to help us celebrate our judgment-free, just-read-it community filled with people of all ages, all tastes, from all sorts of locations and, who knows, maybe even all shapes and sizes. A few weeks ago (see #16) I mentioned that the
Would you like to be part of a discussion with the author about this wonderful new book that will be published in June? And would you like a free advance reading copy sent to you? We have a limited number of those to give out so speak up –- it’s first come, first served.
I figure we’ll mail the books out by the end of this week and start the discussion in early June, which will give you a few weeks to read the book. As I said, I really love it and it is a fast fun read.
To refresh your memory about the book:
The Spirit of the Place is about many things –- love, loss, family, community, leaps of faith –- a small-town doctor and a not-so-sure-he-wants-to-be-a family doctor are at the heart of this very insightful, charming and funny book. If you are a fan of Empire Falls, by Richard Russo, and all it has to say about community and connection then you will enjoy this book very much.
Does the author’s name ring a bell? Samuel Shem wrote The House of God, the classic novel about medical internship, which was recently named by the British medical journal The Lancet as one of the two most important American medical novels of the 20th century, the other being Sinclair Lewis’ Arrowsmith. It has sold over two million copies, in thirty languages and is required reading in medical schools throughout the world. If there is a doctor in your family or you have a friend who is a doctor chances are he/she got or gave this book as a gift.
Here’s what some other talented authors have to say:
‘'The Spirit of the Place is written with a large heart, a healing touch, wry and wise insight into the human condition. Worthy of the Best of Samuel Shem, which is worthy indeed.'"
James Carroll, National Book Award Winner and author of House of War
"A deeply moving and profoundly intelligent exploration of the complexities and rewards of family, profession, and place. The story of a young physician returning to his small town becomes a tale with universal meaning. This book continues to resonate in the mind and heart long after it is read."
Jerome Groopman, M.D., author of How Doctors Think
"In this lovely novel Samuel Shem brilliantly describes scenery from the
Susan Cheever, author of American
Looking forward to a fun discussion!
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I read and knit and dance. Compulsively feel yarn. Consume books. Darn tights. Drink too much caffiene. All that good stuff.
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"I am a part of everything that I have read."
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Thanks for the chance!
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