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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
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Feb 25, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended for: everyone
Read in October, 2004

I love this book so much. It is a fascinating take on inter-cultural communication and medicine/science. I recommended this book to Rachel who said she loved it too.

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message 1: by Shannon (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:50AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Shannon I loved it, too!

This book is great because it's complicated. It's very difficult to find the good-guy-bad-guy duality that so much of "cultural competency" focuses on. A great telling of a tough situation.

When I saw Fadiman speak about it, I was impressed by her modesty. She sees herself as a teller, apart from the story, which ultimately makes the story stronger, more it's own.

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