Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika JaouadWhat it's about: the moving and bittersweet story of Suleika Jaouad's battle with leukemia and her journey of emotional recovery after surviving the disease.
About the author: Jaouad is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian and columnist for the New York Times.
Reviewers say: "This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down" (Publishers Weekly).
The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease by Charles KennyWhat it is: a timely and well-researched history of the relationship between humanity and disease and how various plagues have shaped society.
Why you should read it: to provide context for the economic, social, and political implications of the current pandemic.
Don't miss: the discussions of non-communicable but still widespread conditions like high blood pressure.
Sanctuary: A Memoir by Emily Rapp BlackWhat it is: a lyrical and moving examination of trauma and grief after losing a child to congenital disease.
Read it for: cogent observations about the social norms surrounding grief and resilience and how they affect the grieving process.
About the author: Fulbright scholar and Michener fellow Emily Rapp Black has previously published the memoirs Poster Child and The Still Point of the Turning World.
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