Every Deep-Drawn Breath: A Critical Care Doctor on Healing, Recovery, and... by Wes Ely, MDWhat it is: an impassioned examination of intensive care units informed by medical history and individual patient stories.
Read it for: a much-needed look at the trauma that can effect ICU survivors even after they leave the hospital, including new ailments like depression, nerve damage, and PTSD.
You might also like: Seven Signs of Life by Aoife Abbey; White Hot Light by Frank Huyler.
The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas AbramsWhat it is: a thought-provoking and reflective argument that even in the darkest times, there are still plenty of reasons to keep hope alive.
Reasons to hope: "the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of youth, and the indomitable human spirit."
Why you might like it: In a time of uncertainty, readers will find much to inspire them as naturalist Jane Goodall shares observations about human nature and stories from her extraordinary life that underline the tenacity of the natural world.
Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk about Race -- and How to Do It by Celeste HeadleeWhat it is: an inspiring and thought-provoking guide to talking proactively about race, based on the latest research into communication and neuroscience.
For fans of: The Conversation by Robert Livingston; So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
About the author: Journalist and Getty Arts fellow Celeste Headlee has worked on public radio programs such as Talk of the Nation and Tell Me More. She serves as managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Project and co-hosts the PBS documentary news program Retro Report.
Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily LadauWhat it's about: learning about the experiences of disabled people from their own perspective, and how they want to be treated and integrated into wider society.
Is it for you? Author Emily Ladau warns that this guide calls on readers to do the real, difficult work of addressing their ableism and won't necessarily pull punches to make readers feel more comfortable.
Reviewers say: Demystifying Disability is a "well-designed, user-friendly educational resource" that argues "allyship is a journey, not a destination" (Library Journal).
Around the World in 80 Books
by David Damrosch
"A transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, through classic and modern literary works that are in conversation with one another and with the world around them"
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