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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Book Review

I first read Anne Fadiman’s 1997 award-winning book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures over 10 years ago as assigned reading in a graduate level anthropology class. … Continue reading

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Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper Book Review

Recently I joined a book club that focuses on food-related books. For my first meeting I read Fuchsia Dunlop’s 2008 memoir Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China. Fuchsia Dunlop is somewhat the Julia Child … Continue reading

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People Before Profit Book Review

When I visited Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters a few weeks ago, I picked up a copy of the book People Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob’s Red Mill. Bob Moore is somewhat of a local celebrity in the Portland area … Continue reading

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Of the 40+ books I read in 2012, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has probably been my favorite. In the 1950s doctors took cells from a thirty-one year old African-American woman dying from cervical cancer, without her consent or her family’s … Continue reading

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The Lost Girls + Firefly Summerlin

This month’s adventure for the Destinations Book and Dinner Club was the memoir The Lost  Girls and the eclectic tapas restaurant Firefly Summerlin in Las Vegas. The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by … Continue reading

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