Archive for August, 2009

EVERY PATIENT TELLS A STORY by Lisa Sanders

EVERY PATIENT TELLS A STORY, by Dr. Lisa Sanders, an internist and teacher at the Yale University School of Medicine, is a mesmerizing look at the way sick people are treated and mistreated, often with the best of intentions, by their physicians. In her introduction, the author insists that every story she relates, however improbable, is real. The names of the patients and some of the doctors have been changed to protect confidentiality. Sanders is a technical advisor for the hit show, HOUSE…

August 31, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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DIRECT RED by Gabriel Weston

According to Gabriel Weston, author of DIRECT RED, her thematic account of her training to be a surgeon in London is “not, in the strictest sense, true,” nor are the characters she describes real. She divides her narrative into fourteen brief chapters, each with a one-word title, such as death, beauty, emergencies, and ambition. Although Direct Red is partly based on Weston’s experiences, the events depicted in these pages are fictitious…

August 31, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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AN UNDERACHIEVER’S DIARY by Benjamin Anastas

Imagine that you are intelligent, witty, perhaps not particularly good looking, that you are graced with extraordinary powers of introspection and observation; that you wield a too-often self-deprecating humor, that you were well loved growing up, watched over and enjoyed a good education. Perhaps this is not a stretch for some. Now, fancy too that you are one-half of twin brothers, born a few minutes apart (you’re older, you win that, at least) and that your brother, whom you love and who loves you as only a twin can, despite the obvious sameness, is anything but.

August 30, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Contemporary, Debut Novel, Humorous, Unique Narrative

UNDISCOVERED GYRL by Allison Burnett

Why do people blog? In the raw novel UNDISCOVERED GYRL, Katie Kampenfelt, a seventeen year old starts a blog to chronicle her life in the year she takes off between high school and college. The book is formatted like blog entries, giving the reader a voyeuristic look into her escapades. Her real name isn’t Katie, she changes identifying details about herself, friends, and family so she can be completely honest, because “what’s the point of blogging if you’re not going to tell the truth?”

August 30, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Contemporary, Humorous, Unique Narrative

HUGE by James W. Fuerst

James W. Fuerst’s HUGE is a riff on a classic hardboiled detective novel. It is noir scaled down to the suburbs, as traversed by a kid on the cusp of middle school. Video arcades take the place of bars, and high school football players are the hired goons. Instead of being narrated by a jaded man with a suit and a whiskey bottle, the story is told by a chocolate milk guzzling, jam shorts wearing, twelve-year-old boy.

August 29, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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WHAT’S NEXT? edited by Max Brockman

Max Brockman is a literary agent for such prominent scientists/authors as Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, and Steven Pinker. In this anthology, WHAT’S NEXT? Dispatches on the Future of Science, the contributors have, for the most part, yet to establish themselves in the public consciousness; many of them earned their Ph.Ds within the last ten years, and the earliest doctorate among them dates to 1993. But within their fields, they are doing groundbreaking research…

August 28, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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