Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. Worth Reading, New Orleans, Book Worth, The Reader, Public Libraries, Memories 11/9, Sheri Fink, Book Reviews, Hurricane Katrina
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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. "This book is great. You get real science, but explained in a way that is digestible to the non-scientist. The author uses some wit and humor in her writing style that helps move the story along and keeps you engaged. You learn a lot about evolutionary history, scientific discovery and other related disciplines. " -Ryan, Head of Reference at O'Fallon Public Library
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