Mailbox Monday – February 15, 2010

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week by Marcia at The Printed Page. Every Monday readers share the books which have arrived at their home that week.

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Here is what the postwoman delivered to me this week:

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa arrived from Bloomsbury through a Shelf Awareness offer. This novel, set initially in the refugee camp of Jenin, is the story of Amal and follows one family’s struggle and survival over sixty years of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Called “powerful” and “richly detailed,” Mornings in Jenin is a novel which gives voice to the people behind the headlines. Abulhawa was born to refugees of the Six-Day War and moved to the United States as a teenager. Mornings in Jenin is her first novel. To read more about Abulhawa and her work, visit the author’s website.

Taking Charge of Your Own Health by Lisa Hall with Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA arrived as a review copy from Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications. This comprehensive patient resource guide has been published by Harvest House Publishers. This book centers around containing medical costs by empowering people to take charge of their own medical care. Hall suffered for nearly a decade with an undiagnosed medical condition (receiving thirty-seven wrong diagnoses from as many medical practitioners) before finally getting an answer and appropriate treatment for her condition. In her book she focuses on strategies for patients to assume more responsibility for their health. To learn more about Hall and her work, visit the author’s website.

What arrived on your doorstep this week?

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  1. I received Mornings too. It looks interesting. Have a great reading week!

    • Wendy on February 15, 2010 at 10:53

    Beth: It *does* look interesting, doesn’t it? Hope you also have a great week in reading!

    • tweezle on February 15, 2010 at 12:20

    What a lovely batch of books! They both look really interesting. I can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

    My mailbox haul is here.

    • Dana on February 15, 2010 at 12:28

    Mornings in Jenin sounds really interesting – hope you enjoy both books!

  2. Mornings in Jenin sounds absolutely intriguing. I can’t wait to read what you think of it!! I feel like requesting it right now from my library!

    • Kathy on February 15, 2010 at 13:58

    Taking Charge of Your Own Health sounds like a good one. It’s so frustrating when you know something’s wrong and you can’t get anyone to really listen to you.

  3. I got Mornings in Jenin also. How wonderful that you did too – I love the insights into books I’ve read that I get from reading your take on them!

  4. I am interested to read your review of Taking Charge of Your Health – patient empowerment is an important component of health care reform but the health system also needs to be structured to enable it – not an easy task!

  5. Congrats on these great books. I hope you enjoy them.

    • Wendy on February 22, 2010 at 07:36

    Serena: Thanks! I hope so too 🙂

    • Wendy on February 22, 2010 at 07:46

    Tweezle: Thanks!

    Dana: I am beginning to see some great reviews of Mornings in Jenin!

    Staci: I need to bump Mornings in Jenin higher in the stack – some great reviews are starting to surface for it.

    Kathy: I agree – the healthcare in our country is far from perfect … everyone needs to be their own advocate.

    Rhapsody: Thank you! I also love YOUR insights 🙂

    Colleen: I couldn’t agree more…since I work in healthcare I see all its faults. I am always trying to empower patients…but as you said, the system doesn’t always make that easy.

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