Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco is the last American survivor of an institution that goes back to the Middle Ages — an almshouse whose sole function is to care for the sick and the destitute. Victoria Sweet’s journey there — as a doctor, as a student of the hospital’s astonishing history, and as a human being — constitutes one of the most moving, and eye-opening memoirs of the year.
About the Writer
James Mustich is the author of the new book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List. A veteran bookseller, he was a founder, and for twenty years publisher, of the book catalogue A Common Reader, and later the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review.