Title: The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran Author: Sigrid Fry-Revere Publisher: Carolina Academic Press Month and day of publication: Marc...more
Title: The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran Author: Sigrid Fry-Revere Publisher: Carolina Academic Press Month and day of publication: March 1, 2014 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-61163-512-6 Price: $35.00 Format: Jacketed Hardback Number of pages in the finished book: 254
I was asked to review The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran some time ago.
The review has been longer in coming, because I decided to read the book in its entirety, even though I didn't have a clue how I was going to accomplish the review.
I am a reader, writer, publisher and reviewer, and I must say The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran is the first book of its kind I have ever come across. The story of a woman who is convinced she has found the solution to the American kidney donation crisis--in Iran of all places--is something like a fairy tale at first, as the author, Sigrid Fry-Revere and her trusty Doctor translator weaves her way through the Iranian cityscapes, seeking interviews with donors, recipients and doctors alike. Her first discovery? There is a waiting list for donors rather than recipients. That's right, rather than having dozens of people dying per day (as in America) from the lack of suitable kidneys for donation, Iran has a reserve list of donors anxious to give the gift of life--a new kidney for those who do not have one.
How can this be? Well, following a long circuitous travel itinerary, Fry-Revere finds that strict donor investigation ensures good quality candidates. Next she comes to understand that a combination of government assistance and recipient donation, pays the donor a small fortune for his or her kidney. Treatment is also offered to the donor after the donation has been made, in some cases, life-time medical insurance also being provided. It all depends on which city you live in.
Much is made of the cultural differences and thus approaches to the problem of organ donation in both the U.S. and Iran, resulting in some very interesting reading.
But as I finish and my head spins, trying to take in all the data I have been presented with, the best thing I can do and say is the following...
The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran by Sigrid Fry-Revere is a must read for anyone with a conscience. Second, the presentation of her work is interesting enough for me to say it is worthy of five stars! Third, I give it my personal stamp of approval...
This book needs to be read by Americans. It really does.(less)
Reviewer: Lucille P Robinson Alternative-Read.com "Bare Knuckle MBA is a book that focuses on every as...moreLucille P Robinson | 5 out of 5 Stars! 16/04/2010
Reviewer: Lucille P Robinson Alternative-Read.com "Bare Knuckle MBA is a book that focuses on every aspect of operating a business from the generation of an idea for a product to the day-to-day managing of affairs. Mr. Bye shows his readers how to do market surveys needed to inform the prospective business owner what products stand a healthy chance of making the business successful. He teaches the business person how to create a business plan/profile of expected expenses and income surrounding the product of choice and how to implement the plan. Techniques for specialization are explained. Mr. Bye teaches marketing procedures designed to 'position' your business in people's minds so that when the product is mentioned, the consumer immediately thinks of you. Techniques on choosing employees and training them are outlined..." John L. Hoh, Jr. | 4 out of 5 Stars! 16/04/2010
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Reviewed by: John L. Hoh, Jr. "Overall this is an excellent book on business. It could even be used in an actual MBA course! "(less)
If you love the art one often finds in country life, you'll love this book. Some of these cabins are inspiring, others beautiful and a few will leave...moreIf you love the art one often finds in country life, you'll love this book. Some of these cabins are inspiring, others beautiful and a few will leave you awestruck. Another great coffee table book that has brought me hours of joy.(less)
The Contrary Canadian: A Collection by Clayton Bye
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: John L. Hoh, Jr. Bookideas.com
The author has written other boo...more The Contrary Canadian: A Collection by Clayton Bye
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: John L. Hoh, Jr. Bookideas.com
The author has written other books on sales and marketing and building a business.
This book is a collection of essays paired with photographs. If Mr. Bye set out to exceed expectations, he did a masterful job. The photographs are in full color, many of the scenery of Canada. Quite a few are of the northern climes where, it appears, he served in the military.
Personal anecdotes also abound. Mr. Bye tries to find and share meanings with a positive spin in all. There was the lady who accompanied him to a cousin's wedding, then requested a ride to a friend's house in another city. Once there the lady gathered her baggage and wished the author God-speed. He never saw her again. But he seems to harbor no bitterness toward a woman who seems to have used him to garner a free ride.
Mr. Bye also touches on societal issues, such as the over-reach of government (in his case, the Canadian government) in personal lives. As an illustration he mentions a music festival he used to enjoy going to where the only cost was the burgers one would buy when hungry. However, the last time he attended they "passed the hat" to collect funds to pay for insurance. Why? Because the provincial government felt there were so many people attending that the festival was mandated to get insurance. Mr. Bye, many of us in the States empathize with you (perhaps you have heard of the T.E.A. Parties?).
The memories Mr. Bye shares are poignant. Who can forget a cocktail made with glacial ice? Or the rock dubbed "Baba" for the image of a woman's face on its face? Or Mr. Bye's father paying a quarter moose for a straight-six truck? Or the family immersion into First Nation culture with Mr. Bye, merely in his 40's, being treated like an elder?
The anecdotes can be read through straight or in a random pattern. Each one stands alone. At the end of each anecdote is a brief lesson the author seeks to share.
The Boogle Reviews The Contrary Canadian
June 3, 2009
4 out of 5 stars
C.C. Bye proves that even a man who has been stationed at a remote outpost near the Arctic Ocean can live life to the fullest. The Contrary Canadian opens like an adventure novel that starts with two men who are searching for black crystals near the North Pole and decide to “take the road less traveled.” Instead of climbing the scarred mountain renowned for its crystals, they opt for the pristine peak beside it. They are rewarded with a “soul-touching” view of Greenland and the Arctic Ocean and what the author calls, “one of the perfect moments of my life.”
After that opening I was expecting Bye’s Canadian adventure/self-help book to be filled with inspiring anecdotes on “contrarianism” and how you can realize unexpected triumph by going against the norm but it ended up being a lot more than that. This collection of articles, essays and thoughtful observations is potpourri for the soul. Filled with insight on personal financial management to comments on the government, from hints on local trout fishing to reviews of his favorite restaurants in Canada this stuff is real. It’s pure. It’s from the author’s heart and uncontaminated by corporate marketing.
Bye’s stories of the Arctic could be their own book and the story about sipping cocktails cooled by million-year-old ice is especially charming. The strongest parts of the book by-far are Bye’s adventures. As he recounts tales of the Far North and the obscure nooks and crannies of Canada, Bye takes us to places where we have never been. His experiences in the Arctic read like an autobiography of an astronaut or a CIA agent who is letting us see a world only he has been lucky enough to see. The color photographs serve to enhance our imagination and make us wonder what exists beyond the frame of the picture.
Bye is a good writer and his prose is well-executed. Preachy at times, as most self-help books are, his voice remains friendly and likable, never condescending and always speaking to you as a peer. But his lessons make us wonder about his platform. Who is this person and why would we listen to him? He says he is successful and we believe him. His lessons are thoughtful and they make sense but where is the tangible proof? Throughout his surprisingly honest life story we are forced to take his word for it. Bye is dealing with something major but the book feels like its needs more of a bio, a subtitle perhaps: The Contrary Canadian: A Guide to Maximizing Every Aspect of Your Life. Let me articulate this a different way: if this book was sitting on the shelf next to Dr. Phil, what would make us give Bye a second look?
It’s a good book though and from the start you feel like the author is someone you know personally. Not like a close friend but as someone you were sociable with while standing in line; someone who was easy to talk to, who helped pass the time and shared a common purpose. Though the book never conjures any truly contrarian advice (the tips are quite conventional) we don’t mind because we are being constantly challenged. The book reads like a diary of one man’s constant pursuit of happiness. It is sad, emotional and inspiring with must-be-Canadian phrases like, “my dad paid a quarter of a moose for the truck” and begs you to ensure that you don’t die with the words “What if?” lingering on your tongue.
Strengths: well-written, one-of-kind anecdotes and adventures, honest writing from the heart, it has a few surprises