What We Are Reading Today: Waiting for an Echo by Christine Montross

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Updated 26 July 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Waiting for an Echo by Christine Montross

Waiting for an Echo is a riveting, rarely seen glimpse into American incarceration. 

It “is also a damning account of policies that have criminalized mental illness, shifting large numbers of people who belong in therapeutic settings into punitive ones,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Galvanized by her work in US jails, psychiatrist Christine Montross illuminates the human cost of mass incarceration and mental illness.

Montross has spent her career treating the most severely ill psychiatric patients.

Several years ago, she set out to investigate why so many of her patients got caught up in the legal system when discharged from her care — and what happened to them therein.

Montross is a gifted, often compelling storyteller.

“The stark world of American prisons is shocking for all who enter. But Montross’ expertise — the mind in crisis — allowed her to reckon with the human stories behind the bars,” said the review.

“The distinction I once imagined between hospital and prison populations exists only faintly,” Montross reflected, “when it exists at all.”

What We Are Reading Today: Fallout

Updated 08 August 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Fallout

Author: Lesley M. M. Blume

New York Times bestselling author Lesley M.M. Blume reveals how one courageous American reporter uncovered one of the deadliest cover-ups of the 20th century — the true effects of the atom bomb — potentially saving millions of lives.
Released on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Fallout is an engrossing detective story, as well as an important piece of hidden history that shows how one heroic scoop saved — and can still save — the world.
On the bright clear morning of Aug. 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, immediately killing 70,000 people, and so grievously crushing, burning and irradiating another 50,000 that they too soon died.
Blume, a tireless researcher and beautiful writer, moves through her narrative with seeming effortlessness — a trick that belies the skill and hard labor required to produce such prose.
Knowing what we know today about the nuclear bomb and its devastating consequences, it’s so amazing to read this thoroughly researched report on the man who, against all odds, exposed to the world the true damage of the bomb when it was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.