The September LibraryReads pick, 9780307718969-1Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink, (RH/Crown; RH Audio/BOT; excerpts of both the book and the audio are on the NPR Web site), releasing tomorrow, is building holds in libraries.

It was reviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday (listen here), in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, and gets a solid A from Entertainmend Weekly. The author is scheduled to appear tonight on Comedy Central’s Daily Show and on NPR’s Morning Edition this week.

Below is the LibraryReads annotation:

“Through exhaustive interviews and extensive research, Fink offers a spellbinding account of Hurricane Katrina, a disaster which held the staff, patients and families of a New Orleans hospital captive and left thousands of others marooned by rising flood waters in the heart of city. Filled with unforgettable life and death stories, Fink’s fine work of investigative journalism reads like a novel. The book causes you to rethink your opinions about end of life, do-not-resuscitate orders and medical ethics.” — Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI


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