Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman is an American author, essayist, and journalist. She is best known for her book 'The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,' which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Fadiman is also known for her work as an editor of the literary magazine 'The American Scholar' and for her essays on topics such as reading, writing, and culture. Her style is noted for its wit, insight, and depth of research.


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  1. 1. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    This book 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. The book delves into the contrasting perspectives of Lia's family, who see her condition as a spiritual matter, and her doctors, who perceive it as a medical issue. This cultural divide leads to a tragic misunderstanding, highlighting the challenges of navigating a complex healthcare system while maintaining cultural beliefs and traditions.