Sunday, January 9, 2011
I am excited for the upcoming meeting in Vancouver, BC. It's a city I have long dreamed of visiting, and a meeting I enjoy returning each year. Last year, the Spirituality and Humanities SIG tried something new: a bookclub. It was a huge success, with a tough but good read. This year, a very different book was chosen - Abraham Verghese's first novel, Cutting for Stone.
"I will not cut for stone," runs the text of the Hippocratic oath, "even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art."
Washtington Post: Healing the Past - A review by W. Ralph Eubanks
Verghese's narrative moves over decades and generations from India to Ethiopia to an inner-city hospital in New York, describing the cultural and spiritual pull of these places.
The surprising, stunning denouement both arises from and reenacts the major themes of Cutting for Stone: love and betrayal, forgiveness and self-sacrifice, and the inextricable union of life and death.
From Abraham Verghese's own site: his reading group guide.
If anyone is interested in helping to lead the discussions (it was a lot of fun last year) - please contact Emily Muse, from AAHPM. The online social discussion group is through Goodreads.
To purchase the book:
An Indie store near you
at CD WOW