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Anne Fadiman

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Anne Fadima is the editor of The American Scholar, Recipient of a National Magazine Award for Reporting, she has written for Civilization, Harper's, Life, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Tekijän teokset

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1997) 4,881 kappaletta, 127 arvostelua
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (1998) 4,577 kappaletta, 212 arvostelua
At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays (2007) 948 kappaletta, 32 arvostelua
Rereadings (2005) — Toimittaja — 683 kappaletta, 15 arvostelua
The Best American Essays 2003 (2003) — Editor & Introduction — 315 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir (2017) 149 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
The American Scholar 2002-3 Summer (2002) — Toimittaja — 6 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories (2014) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,286 kappaletta, 49 arvostelua
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Avustaja — 457 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Best American Essays 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 293 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The David Foster Wallace Reader (2014) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset239 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best American Essays 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 238 kappaletta
A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
Celebrate Cricket: 30 Years of Stories and Art (2003) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta

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New York, New York, USA
New York, New York, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Radcliffe College (AB|1975)
Francis Writer-in-Residence, Yale College
magazine editor
Fadiman, Clifton (father)
Jacoby, Annalee (mother)
Colt, George Howe (spouse)
Lesser, Wendy (college roommate)
The American Scholar
Yale University
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
National Magazine award for Reporting
Steven Barclay Agency
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Anne Fadiman is the daughter of Clifton Fadiman and World War II correspondent and author Annalee Jacoby Fadiman. She came to national attention with her 1997 award-winning book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down." Fadiman was a founding editor of the Library of Congress magazine Civilization, and was the editor of The American Scholar.



In the 1980s, a young Hmong child – whose people fought for the Americans during the Vietnam War – had epilepsy after her parents were relocated to California as refugees. Tragically, her parents never adapted to the American medical system, and equally tragically, the American medical system never adapted to them either. The child Lia Lee’s case resulted in a negative outcome, and the Lee family’s difficulty appears utterly humane upon further investigation. In this classic book, Anne Fadiman tries to learn lessons to instruct us all how to avoid such outcomes in the future.

This book fortunately received many accolades when first published in the late 1990s and has brought about significant change across the American medical system. It taught us – and continues to teach us – to be mindful of culture’s role in medical encounters. Medicine itself is a culture, and those new to Western medicine have their own culture with their own integrity. Learning to effectively mediate between cultures, for some patients, is at least as vital as the right diagnosis and treatment.

In a less heralded contribution, this book highlights the need for cultural brokers, especially among refugees. Refugees are people without a home. Unlike most immigrants, they come to America not as a goal but merely as an act of survival. They seek to leave a substandard refugee camp to anyplace else because they no longer have a home. Unlike other immigrants, they do not run to American culture and its Western medicine; indeed, they may harbor some suspicions of it. Refugee and other social organizations need to be mindful of this dynamic when refugees encounter foreign medical systems. Education and support are certainly required for those new to any land.

With the rising challenge of climate change and continuing wars around the globe, the problem of refugees will likely rise throughout this century. Cultural attitudes towards medicine is but a part of this complex problem, along with aspects like nativism, racism, international law, and homophobia. This book eloquently depicts what this looks like. It does not take sides but rather extrapolates both sides’ full practical and ethical ramifications. It concludes that this is an utter tragedy, one that must be learned from.

My wife has dedicated her career to educating refugee children, and having spent time on medical wards, I work in the healthcare arena. Thus, my family is familiar with both sides that this saga addresses. Let’s all hope this story is a “worst case scenario.” It seems that American healthcare has grown as has the communities supporting refugees. Reading this book can remind us of why we cannot go back but must push forward.
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scottjpearson | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 23, 2024 |
This was my weekend morning book, read over cups of coffee from my spot on the couch. It was the perfect companion for that early, tender part of a Saturday or Sunday - funny and interesting and gentle. I recommend this book to everyone, whole-heartedly.
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blueskygreentrees | 211 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 22, 2024 |
I simply love this book, it's one of the best books about books I've ever read, a must-read for all book lovers. Definitely five stars.
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Donderowicz | 211 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 12, 2024 |
A great, if heartbreaking book. The author presents a relatively impartial history of how a group of thoroughly committed and well meaning people are caught together in a situation that somehow trumps all their good intentions. It has history, culture, folklore, humor, medicine and humanity. Highly recommended
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cspiwak | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2024 |



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