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First Pages: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Information to support the First Pages Reading Project

Summer 2014

Five days book coverThe incoming first year class at NU is reading Five Days at Memorial: Five Days in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (National Book Critic's Circle Award, 2013) as part of the First Pages program, which establishes a common theme for discussion among the entering class.


Interviews with the author and articles about the book


Audio Interview  September 10, 2013 (National Public Radio’s Morning Edition)


Video Interview  November 23, 2013 (C-Span)


Newspaper article February 15, 2014 (Guardian)


Documents and information on healthcare and ethics


Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (Trinity International University)


Code of Medical Ethics (American Medical Association)


Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Aid in Dying (PDF) (American Nurses Association)


Institute for Healthcare Improvement


PSNet: Patient Safety Network (US Department of Health and Human Services)


Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UNESCO)






Hurricane Katrina


Hurricane Katrina (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Hurricane Katrina: Status of the Healthcare System in New Orleans (US Government Accountability Office)


Hurricane Katrina: the Public Health and Medical Response (CRS report to Congress)


Katrina and Beyond (National Public Radio audio files)


Storm that Drowned a City (Nova video)


Data and statistics about New Orleans


 United States Census Data


Who Lives in New Orleans and the Metro Area Now (New Orleans Data Center)




For information about First Pages, please contact Lauren Pouchak at (617) 373-7217 l.pouchak [at] neu.edu (l.pouchak [at] neu.edu)


For information about library resources, please contact Sandy Dunphy at (617) 373-5322 s.dunphy [at] neu.edu (s.dunphy [at] neu.edu) or Jamie Dendy at (617) 373-3344 j.dendy [at] neu.edu (j.dendy [at] neu.edu)   


Previous First Pages Books

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2013)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2012)

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (2011)

Zeitoun by David Eggers (2010)

Beautiful Boy: a father’s journey through his son’s addiction by David Sheff (2009)

Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (2008)

Easter Rising by Michael Patrick MacDonald (2007)

Mountains beyond mountains by Tracy Kidder (2006)