Recommended Reading


May 27, 2016

Recommended Reading

The NWNMC committee members put together the following list of recommended reading. The list came from a natural sharing of resources and ideas. There is no rhyme or reason to the list--just a few recommendations we thought we'd pass along. Enjoy!

Bateson, Mary Catherine, Ph.D. Composing a Life.
Coutts, Marion. The Iceberg: A Memoir
Kalinithi, Paul, M.D. When Breath Becomes Air.
Sacks, Oliver, M.D. Gratitude.
Sadowski, Frank. Back to Life: A Bladder Cancer Journey.
Serber, Natalie. Community Chest.
Thomas, Abigail. What Comes Next and How to Like It.
Winakur, Jerald, M.D. Memory Lessons: A Doctor's Story
Short Stories/Collections
Adrian, Chris, M.D. "A Child's Book of Sickness and Death," A Better Angel.
Aronson, Louise, M.D. A History of the Present Illness.
Hempel, Amy. "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried."
Remen, Rachel Naomi, M.D. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal
Serber, Natalie. Shout Her Lovely Name.
Children's Books
Kaufman, Diane. Bird That Wants to Fly.
Kaufman, Diane. Missing Mommy
Nonfiction Books
Charon, Rita, M.D., Ph.D. Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness.
Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.
Fox, John. Poetic Medicine
Gawande, Atul, M.D. Being Mortal.
Kleinman, Arthur, M.D. The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, And The Human Condition
Lamott, Anne.  Bird by Bird.
Mukherjee, Siddhartha, M.D. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
Orr, Gregory. Poetry as Survival.
Reiter, Sherry. Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing. 
Nonfiction Articles
Aronson, Louise, M.D. "How Do We Tell the Stories of Medicine?"
Koven, Suzanne, M.D. "The Doctor's New Dilemma."
Leardi, Jeanette. "Roots, Shoots, and Fruits."
Leardi, Jeanette. "Old Stories, New Lives."
Meisel, Zachary, M.D. and Karlawish, Jason, M.D. "Narrative vs. Evidence-Based Medicine --- And, Not Or"
Stewart, Jon. "The Shared Terrain of Narrative Medicine and Advocacy Journalism."
LITMED: Literature Arts Medicine Database: 


  1. Jeri Houle on June 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    A friend just sent me a link to this website. You have my attention.
    I am a cancer survivor with a story of HOPE to share. I have been looking for new ways to share it.
    My newly released book, Jeri Houle: My Story of Courage and Hope Fighting Blood Cancer, is the patient narrative through the medical journey – from diagnosis to remission.

    I look forward to following along! Keep me posted!

  2. nwnmedicine on June 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Jeri, thanks for reading! We look forward to having you on the journey with us!

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.