Our monthly gathering of great food, friendship and literature takes place in the lower dining room of The Tap House in Tuckahoe. Up for discussion this evening: Leslie Jamison's essay collection, The Empathy Exams, published by Grey Wolf Press.
RSVP to Mary Hoch, firstname.lastname@example.org, until an hour before the event.
From the book jacket:
"Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace. The Empathy Exams is a brilliant and forceful book by one of this country’s vital young writers."