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38th Annual Books on Review

Event Details

Thu, January 24, 2013
09:15AM - 12:00PM
The Shadelands
111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek CA 94598
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Registration Period:
$25 SWCEB members; $30 guests of SWCEB members, registered by the SWCEB member; $35 all others
Margaret Garms (program)

The redemptive power of love. Computer therapy. Hilarity. How to misbehave (and almost get away with it) at a New England wedding. The Three Gorges Dam in China.  Medicine that is medieval in spirit and deeply human in reality. All this and more at the 2013 Books on Review.

In A Working Theory of Love Scott Hutchins, Stegner Fellow and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford, has written a knockout novel about a thirtysomething, disconsolate young man who tries to understand how his marriage went wrong by consulting with his dead father through an intricately crafted computer program.

Li Miao Lovett, '90, puts history, globalization, and the fate of a broken man and a baby girl together in one stunning portrait of a moment in time in China. Her book, In the Lap of the Gods, has won critical praise for both historical perspective and the telling a deeply human tale.

Maggie Shipstead's first novel, Seating Arrangements, took the reading world by storm. It is an artful send-up of nutty WASPs, a thoughtful meditation on love, marriage, and lust, and a romp that leads to serious consequences.

Victoria Sweet, undergrad '70 and MD, author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. What if physicians saw themselves less as mechanics and more as gardeners, cultivating patients back to recovery? Victoria Sweet, MD embraced that alternative reality at America's last almshouse, Laguna Honda Hospital.


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