the spirit catches you and you fall down

by anne fadiman | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0374525641 Global Overview for this book
Registered by debnance of Alvin, Texas USA on 3/19/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Released 12 yrs ago (7/9/2008 UTC) at Stagecrafty's I Loved It Bookbox in Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases



A thoughtful book I've recommended to many....

Journal Entry 3 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Thursday, July 17, 2008
I love Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris, so thought I would give this a try.

Journal Entry 4 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Monday, October 26, 2009
Finally getting around to this one as my book group is reading it this month.

Journal Entry 5 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Friday, November 06, 2009
I really enjoyed Fadiman's exploration of the clash of two cultures. The story of the Hmong journey through the ages, from China to SE Asia and finally to the US in many cases, is a complex one, and the author carefully interweaves it with the story of Lia Lee, a Hmong child with grand mal epilepsy in early 1980s California. Lia's parents were refugees, having lived as Hmong farmers most of their lives, living in a culture where sickness was caused mostly by evil spirits and improper behavior, before war forced them into camps and then across the ocean. The interactions between American medicine and the Lee family are heartbreaking on both sides, and highlight the struggle between modern and traditional knowledge. I'll carry this around in my head for a while, and would certainly recommend it to others.

Journal Entry 6 by ladilee24 at on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (11/24/2009 UTC) at



Mailing out as a RABCK. Hope you enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 7 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, November 28, 2009
Surprise is the word to describe how I felt when my granddaughter brought in the mail. Thank you so much. I will read within the next few months and pass it on to someone here on BC. Hopefully, keep the book in the BC family. Thank you so much for thinking of me.

Journal Entry 8 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Trying this year to read many of my KTM books. I have had this book on my TBR shelf way too long. It is next on my pile to read.

Journal Entry 9 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, September 30, 2013
Quite an interesting story. My heart went out to both sides - the Hmongs and the medical personal. Hoep to find a new reader soon.

Enjoy! Trust the book finds a new reader.

Journal Entry 11 by wingbookstogivewing at Springville, Tennessee USA on Friday, October 18, 2013
This great book returned in the ABC Bookbox, thanks so much for setting it free! It looks like a good read and I am adding it to MTR.

Journal Entry 12 by wingbookstogivewing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (9/21/2014 UTC) at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA


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Journal Entry 13 by JudySlump612 at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, October 06, 2014
Maybe the most important and enthralling book I've read in twenty years. Thank you, bookstogive, I'm delighted to have an excuse to read this again.

Journal Entry 14 by JudySlump612 at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Last month I happened to meet a friend's daughter who is taking a seminar with Fadiman, a perfect excuse to re-read this. She agreed that it was a fascinating book, and I hope sometime to hear about her seminar.

A young Hmong girl is stricken with epilepsy; both her family, and the medical professionals at the nearby hospital, want to provide the best possible care. But treatment is complicated by HUGE barriers of culture and language between the two sides. This probably happens fairly often, at least in metropolitan areas, so it's interesting to get a good look at the issues involved. But what sets this book apart is the incredible amount of patient, detailed research Fadiman undertakes, and the fairness and balance she brings to the writing. Every time I re-read this book, I keep searching for a way the outcome could have been improved. I want to be able to say, in the wisdom of hindsight, "If only so and so..." But there is never an answer. Reality is tough.

This is a great book, one I'm proud to share through the magic of BookCrossing. I hope future readers find it as engaging, informative, and challenging as I have.

Journal Entry 15 by JudySlump612 at by mail, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (1/14/2015 UTC) at by mail, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


Placed in quietorchid's Medicine Chest bookbox

Journal Entry 16 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I am delighted JudySlump612 offered this to the Medicine Chest Bookbox! Wonderful book. Here's my review from earlier:

Part anthropology, part sociology, part history, part medical case history, this is a revealing book. When the Vietnam War wound down, the problem of the Hmong people was pushed under the rug. It wasn't until the 1980s that our government started to accept our allies as refugees. For many Hmong, it was too little, too late. For others, the trip out of the Thai refugee camps where they had been warehoused for decades was a mixed blessing.

This is the story of one such mixed blessing. When one family in California in the 1990s needed help with their infant daughter's epilepsy, the encounter between the refugee family and a medical center soon spun out of control. California did not handle their refugees well. The author tracks frustrating lapses and miscues from both sides as a precious little girl's future hung in the balance. Sobering reading, and makes me grateful that my state at least started the cultural outreach in the 1980s, (not that Minnesota was always successful; see the author on how well the Hmong assimilate to a new culture over 2,000 years!) rather than wait for tragedy.

Journal Entry 17 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Saturday, February 14, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (2/14/2015 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA


Journal Entry 18 by quietorchid at Little Free Library - Dale St (#710) in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (11/14/2015 UTC) at Little Free Library - Dale St (#710) in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA


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