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Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

From “The book explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia’s parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award, Anne Fadiman’s compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest.”

The Bowdoin community is invited to take part in a community read, culminating with the College’s first open, online book talk. The talk is sponsored by the McKeen Center.

When: 8 p.m. (EST), April 1, 2014
Where: Watch it live at
To participate: Email questions to Anne Fadiman and the moderators at Follow the discussion on Twitter with #spiritcatchesyou.

Join alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and others in a discussion of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, moderated by Susan Bell, Bowdoin’s A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences and chair of the sociology and anthropology department, and Steven Loebs ’60, research associate at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and professor emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State UniversityFadiman is to join the conversation by phone and field questions.

A book discussion will also take place at 4 p.m. March 27 at the McKeen Center, hosted by  Associate Professor of Education Nancy Jennings and Director of Health Professions Advising Seth Ramus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the discussion.