The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

Anne Fadiman, Paperback

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia’s parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award, Anne Fadiman’s compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest.

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Lia Lee 1982-2012

Lia Lee died on August 31, 2012. She was thirty years old and had been in a vegetative state since the age of four. Until the day of her death, her family cared for her lovingly at home.

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Description

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Anne Fadiman
Published: 04/24/2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374533403
Pages: 368
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.40w x 1.10d

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Weight0.7 lbs
Dimensions8.2 × 5.4 × 1.1 in