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Since we can't have an in-store party on our 7th birthday, we're giving away 50 copies of Timothy Snyder's Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary on Saturday, February 13. You must come to the store to pick up your copy. First come, first serve.

Or, you can buy a book below and join this online conversation with Dr. Alex Raines, Dr. Carolyn Harraway-Smith, and Dr. Stacey Blyth.


On December 29, 2019, historian Timothy Snyder fell gravely ill. Unable to stand, barely able to think, he waited for hours in an emergency room before being correctly diagnosed and rushed into surgery. Over the next few days, as he clung to life and the first light of a new year came through his window, he found himself reflecting on the fragility of health, not recognized in America as a human right but without which all rights and freedoms have no meaning.

And that was before the pandemic. We have since watched American hospitals, long understaffed and undersupplied, buckling under waves of ill patients. The federal government made matters worse through willful ignorance, misinformation, and profiteering. Our system of commercial medicine failed the ultimate test, and thousands of Americans died.

In this eye-opening cri de coeur, Snyder traces the societal forces that led us here and outlines the lessons we must learn to survive. In examining some of the darkest moments of recent history and of his own life, Snyder finds glimmers of hope and principles that could lead us out of our current malaise. Only by enshrining healthcare as a human right, elevating the authority of doctors and medical knowledge, and planning for our children’s future can we create an America where everyone is truly free.

Dr. Alex Raines  is a physician practicing and teaching Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. After completing his MD and PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill, he did residency training at Brown University in Rhode Island. He lives with his wife, two growing children, and two mischievous cats in Hillsborough, NC, though his heart still yearns for the shores of Puget Sound from his childhood in Seattle. In his work as a clinician and educator, he is increasingly drawn to intersections between medicine and the humanities.

Dr. Stacey Blyth is the Medical Director of LeBauer Primary Care and co-chief of the Cone Health Medical Care primary care division.

Carolyn L. Harraway-Smith, MD, is the director of the Center for Women’s Healthcare at Cone Health Med Center High Point. She has been with Cone Health since 2013 and is dually board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as family medicine.  She says one of the most fulfilling areas of her work involves addressing health care disparities for women of color and other disadvantaged populations. As an extension of her passion for vulnerable populations, Dr. Harraway-Smith works with the Cone Health Physician Council for Health Equity. Additionally, she serves as a co-chair for the Maternal Health Task Force for North Carolina Institute of Medicine and as a physician champion for the North Carolina Maternal Health Committee.  


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Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593238899
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - September 8th, 2020

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401