Book Review: Five Days at Memorial


The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥

It took me months to read this book and the problem started right at the beginning. The horror for me began with the euthanasia of a cat in the beginning of the book and I just found it too much to read.  Ms. Fink won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on reporting the crisis at Memorial Medical Center when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005 and deservedly so, but this crisis made for a slow and arduous read for me. This book is not for the faint of heart.

Ms. Fink’s book begins with an account of the preparations at Memorial Medical Center begins as Hurricane Katrina approaches New Orleans.  Little did the staff, patients and families know that weathering the storm was only the beginning of a crisis that would last several days and ultimately result in 45 dead.

The book recounts the storm, its aftermath and the investigation into the events and deaths at Memorial Medical Center.  Fink forces readers to consider what is right and what is wrong in times of crisis, to examine how we would behave if put in the same or similar circumstances, and perhaps most importantly what is the role of government (local, state, and federal) versus the role of the individual in ensuring their own survival.

Five Days at Memorial is a thought-provoking and difficult read.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Book Details:  Published by Broadway Books (January 26, 2016), 592 Pages, ISBN: 978-0307718976.

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Reading More in 2017

Although I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, I have resolved to read more in 2017.  Last year was a bust for me.  Only twelve books made it on my “Read” list.  This is probably a personal low for me, so you can understand why this year I might resolve to read more.  So far it is working out well.  Three books have made it to my “Read” list — at this rate I am well ahead of 2016.

Bustle posted an article yesterday entitled “5 Ways To Read More Intentionally in 2017.”  One of the more interesting ways was to keep track of the year’s book releases with a weekly calendar.  The Booklover will explore this option and try to help its readers keep track of book releases in 2017.  Watch for a new feature on this Website!

One of my favorite ways to read more is to always carry a book with me.  This is easy if you read on a smartphone, but if like me you prefer a paper book, it is one more thing to carry.  It is so worth it though!  With this habit of many years, I find that my list of book “To-read” gets whittled down (only temporarily until something new is added!) and my “Read” list gets longer.

Happy reading in 2017!