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Books are available one month prior to the discussion. You may pick up books at the previous meeting, or you may get them at the Main Desk any time the Library is open. Please bring your library card to the meeting to check books out. All books announced are tentative, based on availability of multiple copies. To confirm dates, book selections, or for more information call the Library. Mount Miseryby Samuel Shem This is a lacerating and brilliant novel of doctors and patients in a psychiatric hospital. Mount Misery is a prestigious facility set in the rolling green hills of New England, its country club atmosphere maintained by generous corporate contributions. Young Dr. Roy Basch is lucky enough to train there only to discover doctors caught up in the circus of competing psychiatric theories, and patients who are often there for one main reason: they've got good insurance.
"In this lovely novel Samuel Shem brilliantly describes scenery from the Italian Lakes to the Hudson River Valley with vivid enchanting detail. But his real subject is the landscape of the human heart with its dangers and delights, its vertiginous cliffs and mossy woods, it's comforts and contradictions. This is a wonderful book about the surprises of human connection and the infinite power of love."Susan Cheever author of Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction "A deeply moving and profoundly intelligent exploration of the complexities and rewards of family, profession and place...This book continues to resonate in the mind and heart long after it is read."Jerome Grooopman author of How Doctors Think Samuel Shem is a novelist, playwright, and for three decades, a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. His novels include The House of God, Fine, and Mount Misery. He is coauthor with his wife of the hit Off-Broadway play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues between Women and Men. (booksense)… (meer)