I love Book Riot Quarterly Day! For times a year, I get a lovely package full of bookish goodness. There is at least one book, and chock full of other items that book lovers love. It is like Christmas for book nerds!
Here is what I got this time:
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death…
Custom #booksandbooze Flask
Whether you like a little nip to keep you warm while you read, or you need some liquid courage to face your next thriller, we’ve got you covered. Grab a book, just add booze (or, heck, a little juice if booze isn’t your thing), and swill your beverage in bookish style.
If you gotta put pen to paper, you might as well do it with some literary flare.
Along with Older’s book he created a hand-drawn bookmark exclusively for subscribers. (FYI, its beautiful!)
There was also a discount code for ordering Older’s short story collection Salsa Nocturna.
There was a handful of bonus books and an awesome book lamp (none of which made it into my box).