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Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire My Month of Madness By Cahalan, Susannah Book - 2012 616.8320092 C1321b 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 10 on 25 copies

Annotation:You live a normal life, happy, healthy, a good person, successful. Imagine waking up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled a violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. It could happen. It did happen.

Buried in the Sky
Buried in the Sky The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day By Zuckerman, Peter Book - 2012 796.522095491 Z943b 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Did you read Into Thin Air? Everybody did, as far as I can tell, except me. My book club read Buried in the Sky a few months ago and the vote was that this book was better. A stunning read by a Portland author.

The Destiny of the Republic
The Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President By Millard, Candice Book - 2011 973.84092 G2312m 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Brilliantly written tale of the brief life and lingering death of one of our least-known Presidents. Was it the bullets or the bacteria that killed him?

The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America By Larson, Erik Book - 2004 364.1523 L334d 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 21 copies

Annotation:Astonishing story of the glorious Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and the narcissistic serial killer who preyed on young women while he hid in plain sight.

Under the Banner of Heaven
Under the Banner of Heaven A Story of Violent Faith By Krakauer, Jon Book - 2004 289.33 K89u 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Krakauer is such a brilliant writer. Polygamy, murder, messianic complexes, and savage violence abound Disturbing, to say the least.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Skloot, Rebecca Book - 2010 616.02774092 S6287i 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer and in 1951, as a young mother, she was dying of cervical cancer when cells from her tumor were taken and cultured without her permission. Those cells went on to be cultured millions of times, studied by scientists around the world, and fostering many medical breakthroughs. One of the most important books of recent years and a must-read.

Seabiscuit An American Legend By Hillenbrand, Laura Book - 2003 798.4 H651ss 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:This is why I love to read history. Who would ever guess that in 1938 a crooked-legged horse would get more news coverage than FDR, Hitler or Mussolini?

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My friend Mary loved Henrietta Lacks and Seabiscuit. For her, and me, and lots of us, it's about the page-turning action, recent or long ago, loaded with human interest and stuffed with facts. We always want more.