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

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Farrar Straus Giroux

Imported from USA

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. The current
edition, published for the book's fifteenth anniversary, includes a new afterword by the author that provides updates on
the major characters along with reflections on how they have changed Fadiman's life and attitudes.