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The Spirit of the Place free pdf Notorious for its Rabelaisian comedy, and celebrated for its humanism, Samuel Shem's "The House of God "was hailed as "troubling and hilarious...brutally honest" ("The New York Times"), a ""Catch-22 "with stethoscopes" ("Cosmopolitan"). Now in his most ambitious novel yet, Shem returns to dissect the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, ghosts and bullies, doctors and patients, the past and the present, and love and death. Settled into a relationship with an Italian yoga instructor and working in Europe, Dr. Orville Rose's peace is shaken by his mother's death. On his return to Columbia, a Hudson River town of quirky people and "plagued by breakage," he learns that his mother has willed him a large sum of money, her 1981 Chrysler, and her Victorian house in the center of town. There's one odd catch: he must live in her house for one year and thirteen days. As he struggles with his decision--to stay and meet the terms of the will or return to his life in Italy--Orville reconnects with family, reunites with former friends, and comes to terms with old rivals and bitter memories. In the process he'll discover his own history, as well as his mother's, and finally learn what it really means to be a healer, and to be healed.

About Samuel Shem

Samuel Shem is a doctor, novelist, playwright and activist. A Rhodes Scholar, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three decades. Shem has been described in the press as "easily the finest and most important writer ever on to focus on the lives of doctors and the world of medicine," and it has been said that "he brings mercy to the practice of medicine." "The Lancet" called his first book, "The House of God," "one of the two most significant medical novels of the twentieth century." Its sequel, "Mount Misery," is about training to be a psychiatrist- "Fine" is about a psychoanalyst. His 2008 novel, "The Spirit of the Place, "about a primary care doctor in a small town, was reviewed as "The perfect bookend to "The House of God."" It won the 2008 Best Book Award in General Fiction and Literature from USA Book News and the Independent Publishers National Book Award in Literary Fiction in 2009. With his wife, Janet Surrey, he wrote the Off-Broadway hit play "Bill W. and Dr. Bob, "about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, which won the Performing Arts Award of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in 2007, and the nonfiction book "We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues Between Women and Men," winner of the 1999 Boston Interfaith Council's Paradigm Shift Award. He has given over fifty commencement speeches on "How to Stay Human in Medicine."

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Author : Samuel Shem
Publisher : Penguin USA
Data Published : 14 January 2013
ISBN : 0425258785
EAN : 9780425258781
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 402 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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