Jan
26
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Jan 26 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

January’s discussion is focused on Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.

“When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.”

Feb
23
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “The Witch Doctor’s Wife” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "The Witch Doctor's Wife" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

February’s discussion is focused on Tamar Myers’ The Witch Doctor’s Wife.

“With The Witch Doctor’s Wife, Tamar Myers delves into her personal history as the daughter of Christian missionaries in the Belgian Congo. Rich and alive with the sights and sounds of the continent—as exciting, evocative, charming, and suspenseful as Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels—Myer’s unforgettable excursion to colonial Africa recalls Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, even the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamond. Award-winning author Carolyn Hart raves: “Mesmerizing….The Witch Doctor’s Wife will long linger in the hearts and minds of readers. Authentic. Powerful. Triumphant.””

 

Mar
23
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Doc Susie” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Mar 23 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Doc Susie" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

March’s discussion is focused on Virginia Cornell’s Doc Susie.

“It is 1907 and Doc Susie came to Fraser Colorado with a bad case of tuberculosis and a broken heart. But soon she forgot about her own troubles and lived a life so colorful that Hollywood wanted to make a movie of it. For the first time, here is an account of the real Doc Susie–the amazing, inspiring story of a woman who defied her times and her fears to help those who needed her.”

 

Apr
27
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Wickett’s Remedy” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Apr 27 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Wickett's Remedy" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

April’s discussion is focused on Myla Goldberg’s Wickett’s Remedy.

“Lydia Kilkenny is eager to move beyond her South Boston childhood, and when she marries Henry Wickett, a shy Boston Brahmin who plans to become a doctor, her future seems assured. That path changes when Henry abandons his medical studies and enlists Lydia to help him invent a mail-order medicine called Wickett’s Remedy. Then the 1918 influenza epidemic sweeps through Boston, and in a world turned upside down Lydia must forge her own path through the tragedy unfolding around her. As she secures work as a nurse at a curious island medical station conducting human research into the disease, Henry’s former business partner steals the formula for Wickett’s Remedy to create for himself a new future, trying—and almost succeeding—to erase the past he is leaving behind.

Alive with narrative ingenuity, and tinged with humor as well as sorrow, this inspired recreation of a forgotten era powerfully reminds us how much individual voices matter—in history and in life.”

 

May
25
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Lying Awake” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
May 25 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Lying Awake" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

April’s discussion is focused on Mark Salzman’s Lying Awake.

“In a Carmelite monastery on the outskirts of Los Angeles, life has continued virtually unchanged for centuries. Here, Sister John of the Cross lives in the service of God. She is the only nun who experiences visions and is regarded by the others as a spiritual master. But Sister John is also plagued by powerful headaches and when a doctor reveals that they may be dangerous, she faces a devastating choice. Is this grace merely an illness and will a ‘cure’ mean the end of her illuminations and a soul dry and searching?”

 

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