Books That Are Just What the Doctor Ordered

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Dr. Abraham Verghese is the author of the book 'My Own Country.'

Dr. Abraham Verghese is the author of the book 'My Own Country.'

Summer officially arrives this week. It's a time to think about what books to buy, borrow or check out of the library. Dr. Abraham Verghese is director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.

Born in Ethiopia to parents of South Indian descent, he came to America as a young man. His 1995 book My Own Country told of treating AIDS in a small Tennessee town. The Tennis Partner (1998) chronicled the loss of his best friend.

Liane Hansen asks the good doctor what he will be reading this summer.

Dr. Abraham Verghese's Book List

Cover of Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'

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Dr. Abraham Verghese's suggestions for summer reading:

Moonlight Hotel: A Novel, by Scott Anderson

The Dead Fish Museum: Stories, by Charles D'Ambrosio

The Story, by Michael Ondaatje

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Books Featured In This Story

Moonlight Hotel

A Novel

by Scott Anderson

Hardcover, 371 pages | purchase

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Moonlight Hotel
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A Novel
Author
Scott Anderson

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The Dead Fish Museum

Stories

by Charles D'Ambrosio

Hardcover, 236 pages | purchase

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The Dead Fish Museum
Subtitle
Stories
Author
Charles D'Ambrosio

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The Story

by Michael Ondaatje and David Bolduc

Hardcover, 1 v. (unpaged) | purchase

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The Story
Author
Michael Ondaatje and David Bolduc

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

Paperback, 16 pages | purchase

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Author
Zora Neale Hurston

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My Own Country

A Doctor's Story

by Abraham Verghese

Paperback, 432 pages | purchase

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Title
My Own Country
Subtitle
A Doctor's Story
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Abraham Verghese

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