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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
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Mar 27, 08

bookshelves: disease-health, nonfiction, anthropology, favorites
Read in March, 2008

Why did I wait so long to pick up this book??? It's amazing.

I had to slog through the part on the Vietnam War because I can only quickly absorb stories about people and relationships -- when it comes to countries and leaders (especially if they are all named Lao, mind you) and nationalities, I cannot hook in. But I think it was important to include that piece in the book. Just took me hella longer than I had planned after breezing through the first half.

I kind of think everyone should read this.
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Thanks for the recommendation. I got this as a gift a while back, and I haven't read it yet.


Kate So, did you read it yet? And did you see the movie Gran Torino?


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