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One Book, One SIBA: Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial launches new SIBA Book program

Columbia, SC - August 27, 2013 –One Book, One SIBAThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance announces their One Book, One SIBA read for #SIBA13 in New Orleans.  Crown is publishing Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial, the riveting monumental chronicle of what happens when disaster collides with human nature. 

Fink’s reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. Most recently, her coverage of the 2012 hurricane season and its effects on the health care systems of New York City and New Orleans won the Mike Berger Award from Columbia Journalism School and the beat reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2013.

Sheri Fink will be joined by host of The Reading Life and author Susan Larson and an army of SIBA booksellers for SIBA's first One Book, One SIBA book discussion.  A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Larson is the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans.


About the book: Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at MemorialFive Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.