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White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine

Link Roundup: Beacon's 1st Graphic Book, Medical Ethics, New Collection From Mary Oliver

This week's new releases:

Book cover for Fist Stick Knife Gun Hitting the shelves 9/14: Beacon's first-ever graphic book, Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, adapted by Jamar Nicholas from Geoffrey Canada's powerful memoir. The blog Blacksuperhero says of the adaptation: 

It's a no-brainer, buy one for yourself and one to put in the hands of a young man who may benefit from it as well. The life you save may be your own.

Geoffrey Canada is one of the main subjects in the forthcoming documentary Waiting for Superman, which takes its title from Canada's memoir. The film, which was directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), has been getting a ton of attention. Watch the trailer and you'll see why. You can watch Geoffrey Canada here talking about his organization, Harlem Children's Zone, and the movie.  

book cover for White Coat Black Hat Also out this week: White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliott, a look at the disturbing intersection of medicine and consumerism. Elliott has already been shaking things up, scrutinizing his employer in Mother Jones over its role in a death during a clinical trial. You can read an adapted excerpt of the book, looking at the role of PR firms in medicine, in the Chronicle Review.

One more new release tomorrow: Mary Oliver's latest collection of poetry, Swan.

In other news...

Sometimes our authors keep public radio hosts on their toes: Gail Dines spoke too frankly for Larry Mantle's comfort on AirTalk about her book Pornland and the physical risks of gonzo pornography. Listen to the interview here.

"It goes beyond marriage equality, it’s a matter of quality of life, and most importantly, justice." Our Big Gayborhood on Carlos Ball's From the Closet to the Courtroom.

Danielle Ofri has joined the blogging team at "Paging Dr. Gupta" at CNN. 

A high school teacher in a Seattle suburb will be using The Boys from Little Mexico to "put a human face on our country’s current (and bitter) immigration debate."