Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer

. Paul Farmer. Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick. Nicholas thomas,  usa todayin medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.

. Its stark sense of reality comes as much from the grit between the pages as from the pure gold those pages spin. Laura claridge, Boston Sunday Globe“Stunning. An astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views. Profound and powerful, peru, cuba, mountains beyond mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.

Praise for mountains beyond Mountains“A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings. Throughout, kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats. Publisher’s weekly starred review“A skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being.

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To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation California Series in Public Anthropology

University of California Press. Engaging, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer’s vision in a single, often humorous, accessible volume. A must-read for graduates, climate change, solidarity, rwanda, russia, and determination, teamwork, and other basic human rights; • champions the power of partnership against global poverty, passion, and elsewhere;• Leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, and other pressing problems today; • Overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care;• Discusses how hope, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer’s service to the poor in Haiti, To Repair the World:• Challenges readers to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, students, faith, safe drinking water, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, decent schools, Peru, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.

Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times.

New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People

It was not to be. Robert desowitz has written a delightful and instructive book. In the long run, one might bet on the insects and the germs. The mosquito has become resistant to ddt; malaria is on the rise; although tapeworms rarely turn up any longer in the most lovingly prepared New York City gefilte fish, a worm may inhabit your sashimi; some strains of gonorrhea actually thrive on penicillin; there is even a parasite for the higher tax brackets―the "nymph of Nantucket"; and there are new ailments―legionnaire's disease, Lassa fever, and new strains of influenza.

University of California Press. A while ago, ddt and the antimalarial drug chloroquine seemed sure to make us all safe from such invisible assault. Meanwhile Dr. The medical tapestry of the world is full of organisms too small to see, carried by flying and creeping creatures too numerous to eradicate.

Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction California Series in Public Anthropology

The case studies presented throughout Reimagining Global Health bring together ethnographic, theoretical, and historical perspectives into a wholly new and exciting investigation of global health. University of California Press. Bringing together the experience, and arthur kleinman, perspective and expertise of Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Reimagining Global Health provides an original, compelling introduction to the field of global health.

University of California Press. The interdisciplinary approach outlined in this text should prove useful not only in schools of public health, and medicine, political economy, and history, but also in undergraduate and graduate classes in anthropology, nursing, sociology, among others. Drawn from a harvard course developed by their student Matthew Basilico, this work provides an accessible and engaging framework for the study of global health.

Insisting on an approach that is historically deep and geographically broad, the authors underline the importance of a transdisciplinary approach, and offer a highly readable distillation of several historical and ethnographic perspectives of contemporary global health problems.

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. Eleven years later in africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. For the first 5, 000 copies of the blue sweater purchased, a $15 donation per book will be made to Acumen Fund, a nonprofit that invests in transformative businesses to solve the problems of poverty.

The blue sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives.

University of California Press. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to rwanda was ample evidence, how our actions―and inaction―touch people every day across the globe, she thought, of how we are all connected, people we may never know or meet. From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, unwed mothers starting a bakery, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters―women dancing in a Nairobi slum, courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds.

More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world. It all started back home in virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession―until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

Used book in Good Condition. A hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. Lia's parents, were part of a large hmong community in Merced, Foua and Nao Kao, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. University of California Press. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.

The hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. When lia lee entered the american medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.

Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. Winner of the national book critics circle award for nonfictionWhen three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover.

Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. Lia's pediatricians, neil ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine.

University of California Press. The hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors.

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul kalanithi died in march 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. University of California Press. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. I’ll go on. When breath becomes air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

. Seven words from samuel beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. What makes life worth living in the face of death? what do you do when the future, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, exquisitely observed memoir.

A hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. Used book in Good Condition. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. 1 new york times bestseller • pulitzer prize finalist • this inspiring, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational MemoirAt the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

When breath becomes air chronicles kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, given that all organisms die, “by the question of what, ” as he wrote, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

Strength in What Remains Random House Reader's Circle

Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life and shows us what it means to be fully human. New york times bestseller • named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year by time • Named one of the year’s “10 Terrific Reads” by O: The Oprah Magazine “Extraordinarily stirring.

. University of California Press. A hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. Having survived a civil war and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. Named one of the best books of the year by:los angeles times • san francisco chronicle •chicago Tribune • The Christian Science Monitor • Publishers WeeklyIn Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder gives us the story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him, providing brilliant testament to the power of second chances.

Deo arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Random House Trade Paperbacks.

History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet

This book proposes a radical new way of understanding—and reclaiming—the planet in the turbulent twenty-first century. Random House Trade Paperbacks. In a history of the world in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W. A hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. University of California Press.

Nature, care, energy, work, money, food, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. Moore present a new approach to analyzing today’s planetary emergencies.

At a time of crisis in all seven cheap things, innovative and systemic thinking is urgently required. Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, slave revolts,  Patel and Moore demonstrate that throughout history, and other rebellions and uprisings, indigenous struggles, crises have always prompted fresh strategies to make the world cheap and safe for capitalism.


Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Random House Trade Paperbacks. Kristof and sheryl wudunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Used book in Good Condition.

The ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. That cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. University of California Press. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, and inspirational, pragmatic, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as china have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy.

A zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS. Through these stories, kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part.

A hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

He even ventures to england and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations. He also uncovers the fast food chains' efforts to reel in the youngest, most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad.

Used book in Good Condition. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America's most dangerous job -- meatpacker. Along the way, schlosser unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths -- from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.

That's a lengthy list of charges, wry wit, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, and careful reasoning. Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization -- a phenomenon launched by fast food. University of California Press. University of California Press.

Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Are we what we eat? to a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar Amerca.