Sheri Fink

The Reading Life
1:32 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Reading Life With Sheri Fink And Errol Barron

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital, and architect Errol Barron, whose lovely new sketchbook is Roma Osservata, or, Rome Observed.

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Book Reviews
2:38 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital

An aerial view of Memorial Medical Center surrounded by floodwaters on Sept. 9, 2005.
Kathy Anderson The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 5:26 pm

If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.

But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy.

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