August 15, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
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August JEDI Book Club - The Spirt Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman @ Online Via Zoom

For the August JEDI Book Club, we will be reading, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, but Anne Fadiman. Here is the Goodreads Summary: Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash: “What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance.” The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling. Sherwin Nuland said of the account, “There are no villains in Fadiman’s tale, just as there are no heroes. People are presented as she saw them, in their humility and their frailty—and their nobility.”


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