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Happy Read Across America Week! What’s a book that changed your perspective?


“‘Political Tribes,’ by Amy Chua. It made me more aware of the roots and consequences of bias.”-Crystal Favorito, pre-med, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Passion in the Medical Profession | March 4, 2022 | <1 min read


Dr. Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, Mass General

“The Collected Schizophrenias,” by @esmewang, “Breath from Salt,” by @BijalPTrivedi, and “Between Two Kingdoms,” by @suleikajaouad were three of my 2021 reads that provided first hand accounts of illnesses I’ve treated/know about medically but whose moving perspectives I deeply appreciated.

Kim Williams, Admin Specialist, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Full Catastrophe Living,” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn on my Audible app.

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Dr. Jeff Millstein, Penn Medicine

“A Molecule Away From Madness,” by Sara Manning Peskin. Really got me thinking about the fine biochemical line between health and brain disease.

Jocelyn Lee, CLOSLER intern, Toronto, Canada

My pick is in honor of the life and legacy of a bright light in global health and humanitarianism, Dr. Paul Farmer, the main character in “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” by Tracy Kidder.

Dr. Kamna Balhara, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Long Bright River,” by Liz Moore.

Dr. Margaret Chisolm, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World,” by John O’Donohue and John Quinn, with foreword by @kristatippett of @onbeing.

Dr. Mike Fingerhood, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Michelle Zauner’s “Crying in H Mart,” and Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half,” triggered reflection on how we view our identity.

Dr. Megan Gerber

“The Artists Way,” by Julia Cameron.

Dr. Sarah Clever, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Caste,” by Isabel Wilkerson.

Dr. Nandini Anandu

“In Shock,” by Rana Awdish.

Crystal Favorito, pre-med student, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Political Tribes,” by Amy Chua. It made me more aware of the roots and consequences of bias.