This is the review for Alice 1-6. Alice has made it through sixth grade, seventh grade and the summer in between. I am reading these not as the intend...moreThis is the review for Alice 1-6. Alice has made it through sixth grade, seventh grade and the summer in between. I am reading these not as the intended audience of middle schooler, but as a parent of a middle schooler. What Naylor does well is capture the weird exuberance and insecurities of being 12. The McKinley family is one of those families you want to belong to, Dad is level headed, not easily ruffled and not afraid of being honest with his kids. Lester is both clued in and clueless older brother that knows just when he needs to say, I am here for you. Elizabeth and Pamela are great bookends of the extremes, one scared of growing up and the other moving too fast. While largely funny exploits of 12 year olds the series has moments where Naylor pulls in the real world and leaves you devastated. (less)
Moments of this book are delicious, but it feels like it is starting too many strings. One wonders if it can carry the weight of so much that it porte...moreMoments of this book are delicious, but it feels like it is starting too many strings. One wonders if it can carry the weight of so much that it portends. (less)
This was a great little book. A prequel to the Alice series, just completed in 2014 by Phyllis Naylor. Alice the new kid in Takoma Park Md is great at...moreThis was a great little book. A prequel to the Alice series, just completed in 2014 by Phyllis Naylor. Alice the new kid in Takoma Park Md is great at making friends but also enemies. How she resolves that just leaves you with great feeling. (less)
This was one of those random books that I stumbled on at the library. It grabbed my attention because my daughter's 7th grade class was reading it. Wh...moreThis was one of those random books that I stumbled on at the library. It grabbed my attention because my daughter's 7th grade class was reading it. What I really liked was how the author connected the world of Gilgamesh with modern times. One appreciates the how much the bureaucratic impetus frames the human condition with the sampling of cuneiform tablet memos complaining about the distribution of purple robes and broken wheels. One rarely appreciates how interelated biblical stories and Homer and modern mythology frame our cultural heritage. At its best moments, Damrosch connects thousands of years of of literary culture.(less)
This book reminded me alot of the 2004 movie Crash. Now before you go, what... What I loved and hated about that movie is how each story so exactly do...moreThis book reminded me alot of the 2004 movie Crash. Now before you go, what... What I loved and hated about that movie is how each story so exactly dovetailed into the next story so that a moral was not only shared but drilled into the viewer. Sometimes you wanted to scream and say but the world is not that just...
Wonder if you have just skimmed the 60,000 or so reviews available is told from multiple perspectives and is about about a 5th grade boy, Auggie, that suffers a genetic disease that results in a severe cranio-facial deformity. Each perspective addresses how Auggie, his family members and friends face his and their feelings during his first year in a real school. The school is a private, elite space and has many resources to help its students. I could not help wondering what would happen to such a kid if his parents were poor and subject to the reality of many city public schools. Yes you feel good at the end and I hope some kids come away empowered by this book, but maybe I feel like these books sometimes let us feel better about ourselves than we should. (less)
Jack Nicholson invaded my brain the last third of this book. All I could think is "you can't handle the truth." applied to just about everybody in pos...moreJack Nicholson invaded my brain the last third of this book. All I could think is "you can't handle the truth." applied to just about everybody in post-Katrina New Orleans, doctors, lawyers, the good citizens of NOLA and even the corenor.
Fink exastively chronicles 5 days at Memorial Hospital during and right after Hurricane Katrina. Why Memorial, it had the highest mortality of any hospital that was flooded, 45 people. (Memorial was not the only hospital to have rumors of this sort surface.) Families and medical personal came foreward with accusations that doctors on the 5th day made a decision for at least 10 maybe more paitents to ensure that they would not need to leave by giving them very high doses of morphine and other drugs. This so-called theraputic dose just as the hospital was finally being evacuated on the last day resulted in their deaths. While many of the patients were elderly and suffering from severe diseases of old age, one was a very obese man that they just did not think they could carry. The locus of the accusations and prosecution came down to a "lovely, charming, southern lady docotor" that many wanted to like and could not imagine putting grandma down. Plus everyone knew that the crisis of Katrina were because the government failed. But what Fink does, is really show us that leadership and institutional failure was not just good old Bush and his acolyte Brownie, but also existed in Tenet Hospitals and their local CEO's that could not face actually being leaders and instead retreated to their air conditioned cars and offices as everyone else suffered.
I don't know what criminal liability I would ascribe to Dr. Pou and Dr. Their and Dr. Cook as they face the crisis, their world views as well off southerns fearing the criminal class outside certainly framed their increasing fear and crisis. The exhaustian of 5 days of foul smelling air, non-fuctioning toilets and minimal food stores could not have enhanced their decision making, but it is clear to me that they failed the patients that they overdosed at Memorial and they will have to live the rest of their lives with that knowledge. (However, Fink implies that they are already re-writting that history to deny their own culpability.)
What I would like to see is an accounting of Charity Hospital which as a poor public hospital actually figured out how to keep their patients alive. For me personally, the implied lesson is that private hospitals did not have as resiliant of doctors or staff and when the crisis hit they could not think through saving people. (less)