Book club

The Book Club meets in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area three times a year and is open to all members. Mary Knatterud is the North Central Chapter Book Club Coordinator. RSVP by 10am the day of the Book Club meeting so that Mary can call ahead to have a table waiting. Email Mary at her new address: knatt001 at umn dot edu.

Mary observed at the April 2015 meeting (with the other 2 attendees nodding in agreement!) that Saturday morning is clearly not when most people are able to, or want to, participate in Book Club. So, after the trial Saturday-morning run of the past couple years, the Book Club’s spring meeting will revert to the last Monday morning in April, starting in 2016. Unchanged are the other 2 Book Club times and places: the last Monday in January (brunch/lunch at The Egg and I, just west of Hwy. 280 near the Minneapolis-St. Paul border) and the last Monday evening in September (supper at Boca Chica on the West Side of St. Paul).

Upcoming AMWA North Central Chapter Book Club selections:


Monday, April 24, 2017, 11 a.m., Caribou (4745 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis — on the corner of Cedar Ave. & Minnehaha Pkwy., just north of Lake Nokomis):

The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry by Paul R. McHugh

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6 p.m., Boca Chica Restaurant (11 César Chávez [Wabasha] St., on the West Side of St. Paul — a few minutes south of downtown St. Paul):

Interface by George Jewsbury and Neal Stephenson [a novel first published under the pseudonym Stephen Bury]

Past selections, just for the record:


(1) Monday, January 30, 2017: The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James Le Fanu


(1) Monday, January 25, 2016: White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliott
(2) Monday, April 25, 2016: The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean

(3) Monday, September 26, 2016: Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome by James A. Fussell and Jeffrey P. Matovic

(1) Monday, January 26, 2015: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
(2) Saturday, April 25, 2015: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
(3) Monday, September 28, 2015: Health Care Research Done Right: A Journal Editor Shares Practical Tips and Techniques for High Quality and Efficiency by Kathleen A. Fairman

(1) January 27, 2014: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
(2) April 26, 2014: The End of Illness by David B. Agus
(3) September 29, 2014: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

(1) Monday, January 28: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
(2) Monday, April 29: Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine by David H. Newman
(3) Monday, September 30:  6:30 pm, Caribou Coffee just west of Har Mar (2111 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113, 651-636-5655) Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You by Jerome Groopman (see January 28, 2008) and Pamela Hartzband

(1) Monday, January 30: W;t by Margaret Edson
(2) Monday, April 30: Mount Misery by Samuel Shem (pseudonym of psychiatrist Stephen Bergman) (see April 26, 2010)
(3) Monday, September 24: My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese

(1) Monday, January 31: Listening to Prozac: The Landmark Book about Antidepressants and the Remaking of the Self by Peter D. Kramer
(2) Monday, April 25 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
(3) Monday, September 26: Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA by Maryn McKenna

(1) Monday, January 25: Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon
(2) Monday, April 26: The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital by Samuel Shem (pseudonym of psychiatrist Stephen Bergman)
(3) Monday, September 27: Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen

(1) Monday, January 26: The Scalpel and the Soul by Allan Hamilton
(2) Monday, April 27: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
(3) Monday, September 28: The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million—and Bucked the Medical Establishment—in a Quest to Save His Children by Geeta Anand

(1) Monday, January 28: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
(2) Monday, April 28: Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Maryn McKenna
(3) Monday, September 29: Beyond Knowing: Mysteries and Messages of Death and Life from a Forensic Pathologist by Janis Amatuzio

(1) Monday, January 8: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
(2) Monday, April 23: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
(3) Monday, September 24: Intuition by Allegra Goodman