Five days at memorial book club

Life and death in a stormravaged hospital sheri fink, 20 crown publishing 576 pp. Fink unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing listeners into a hospital fighting for its. Discussion questions use our litlovers book club resources. Reconstructs five days at memorial medical center after hurricane katrina destroyed its generators to reveal how caregivers were forced to make lifeanddeath decisions without essential resources. The book discusses the years of reporting and unravels the mystery of what happened during those days after the hurricane. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital main by sheri lee fink isbn.

Five days at memorial by sheri fink teachers guide. Crown publishing has now initiated a free, voluntary recallreplacement program for all libraries with copies of five days at memorial. Five days at memorial by sheri fink, 9780804128094, available at book. Five days at memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. Five days at memorial life and death in a stormravaged hospital book. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital, an investigation into a. What do you think of the behavior and decisions made by the medical staff at memorial. In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter sheri fink reconstructs 5 days at memorial medical center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and maintain life amid chaos.

After flood waters destroyed memorials backup generators, practitioners were left to care for critical patients in a hospital stranded. Five days at memorial originated as a,000 word magazine article titled the deadly choices at memorial, published by the new york times magazine in august 2009, the fourth anniversary of hurricane katrina. These books were chosen at the groups meeting in august 2018. The book provides extensive background on many of the patients, their family members, hospital staffers, public officials, and others important to the story. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital crown, 20 about choices made in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. Five days at memorial book central arkansas library. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital, is the crux of a complicated, polarizing. Five days at memorial by sheri fink is a book that generates many emotional and intellectual responses, and, for those of us who are not reading the book as part of a book club, i thought it might be nice to have a place to discuss the book and our thoughts about it. Book club questions book club discussion questions.

Book club cafe 107 e kaufman st, rockwall, texas 75087 rated 4. In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter sheri fink reconstructs 5 days at memorial medical center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. What legal and ethical standards must doctors be expected to uphold in a disaster. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital, takes us on a tour of the aftermath of these events, and the public outcries that both villified and defended the healthcare workers involved. She is a correspondent at the more about sheri fink. Discussing five days at memorial on morning joe book club. Msnbcs morning joe book club wall street journal bestseller. Whats important, it slowly emerges, is that despite finks painstaking recreation based on five hundred interviews and mountains of documentswe werent there. The book chronicles the aftermath of hurricane katrina, when thousands of people were trapped, without power, inside memorial medical center in new orleans in august 2005. Five days at memorial reconstructs the days at memorial medical center during the time of hurricane katrina. Five days at memorial discussion thread club read 2014. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, five days at memorial. How to discuss a book helpful discussion tips generic discussion questionsfiction and nonfiction readthinktalk a guided reading chart also, consider these litlovers talking points to get a discussion started for five days at memorial. In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter sheri fink reconstructs 5 days at memorial medical center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to.

Five days at memorial and over 8 million other books are available for. Five days at memorial examines the tragedy of hurricane katrina as it unfolded, focusing on events at memorial medical center, where medical staff cared for patients without running water or. The book club will meet on the first saturday of the month at 9. For this edition of the seattle office of emergency managements disaster book club, discuss sheri finks five days at memorial. Five days at memorial examines the tragedy of hurricane katrina as it unfolded. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital is a nonfiction book written by journalist dr. Mark your calendar and join them for this inspirational and moving evening. Im reading sheri finks five days at memorial, which is a brilliantly. Five days at memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the listener into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. Sheri fink, in five days at memorial, takes the reader into the devastating environment of memorial hospital in 2005 when hurricane katrina slammed into new orleans and unleashed the mountain of water held behind the citys insufficient levee system. So i listened to the audiobook of five days at memorial, which i thought was amazing and so interesting for an event that to me is still relatively recent. How do you think you would have fared under the conditions at memorial. The selection for february 2020 is five days at memorial by sheri fink.

Sheri fink talks about her book, five days at memorial. Due to a publishing production error, the first edition hardcover of five days at memorial contained a faulty index with erroneous page numbers. This year, dhhrm will host the service virtually through facebook live. For more information, call tiffany mcneil at 9702499656 ext. Sheri fink is the author of the new york times bestselling book, five days at memorial. After flood waters destroyed memorials backup generators, practitioners were left to care for critical patients in a hospital stranded in more then 100 degree f heat without electricity, water, sanitation, food, basic security, accurate. Five days at memorial is written in a straightforward journalistic style that is densely detailed with eyewitness testimony. When help finally does arrive, many of the patients are dead and fingers begin to point. The lack of power was a problem, as was the lack of fuel for the emergency generators which happened to be below flood level. Five days at memorial walled lake book discussion group.

She is a correspondent at the new york times, where her and her colleagues stories on the west africa ebola crisis were recognized with the 2015 pulitzer prize for international reporting, the. The hospital was a microcosm of these larger failures, with compromised physical infrastructure, compromised operating systems, and compromised individuals. This question, for many readers of five days at memorial. Five days at memorial, by sheri fink sheri finks five days at memorial, describes the horrific conditions at a new orleans hospital shortly after hurricane katrina. Five days at memorial was the winner of the national book critics circle award for nonfiction, the penjohn kenneth galbraith award for nonfiction, the ridenhour book prize, the j.

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism and the finest writing on medicine, physician and reporter sheri fink reconstructs five days at memorial medical center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. As a work of nonfiction, five days at memorial provides a springboard for discussing. Drawing from a culmination of six years of reporting, dr. Speaking at the defining resilience future tense event on march 23rd, 2012 at the new america foundation. Floodwaters unleashed by hurricane katrina had marooned hundreds of people at the hospital, where they had now spent four days. Five days at memorial by melody glenn, md its a thursday evening in oakland, and luckily, the current rain hasnt gotten in the way of tonights book club at novel brewing, a bookthemed brewery in the heart of the san pablo corridor. To understand the pressures doctors and nurses faced, readers needed to know exactly what it felt like to be trapped in a sweltering hospital in a city that had descended into chaos. Five days at memorial is sheri fink s elaborately researched chronicle of life, death, and the choices in between at a new orleans hospital immediately following hurricane katrina. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital by sheri fink. The lack of power was a problem, as was the lack of fuel for the emergency generators. A new history of their lost world by steve brusatte. At last through the broken windows, the pulse of helicopter rotors and airboat propellers set the summer morning air throbbing with the promise of rescue.

In the first section of the book, fink examines just what happened at memorial. The second part of the book covers the investigations into the allegations of murder or, more charitably, euthanasia, the resultant trial and the aftermath of the verdicts. Life and death in a stormravaged hospital, in which she chronicles what happened at memorial medical center in new orleans in the days. Five days at memorial by sheri fink is a book that generates many. Listed here are discussion questions for the books the galesburg public library adult book clubs have read recently. Fink provides a detailed account of the five days immediately following hurricane katrina and the devastation that affected memorial medical center. The may book is the rise and fall of the dinosaurs.

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