Cutting for Stone

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  • About the Book: 

    ISBN: 9780375714368

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

    Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

    About Sherry McConkey:

    Since 1991, I have called Lake Tahoe home. It is an absolute pleasure to be involved in such a wonderful community of amazing athletes, families and forward thinking individuals. I love seeing positive growth and will continue to do my best to contribute towards sustainable and beneficial life practices through my work, play, and passions.

    Why Sherry Chose This Book:

    Twins were born in a poor clinic in Ethiopia run by an English nun, their mother died giving birth to them, and their father fled. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It's heartbreaking, full of passion and resilience, and I constantly laughed out loud.  One of the reasons I loved Cutting for Stone is they had delightful pop ups  in the book, such as the one below. 

    There once was a man from Madras, 

    Whose balls were made of brass, 

    In bad weather they’d clang together, 

    And smoke would blow out his ass.

    I just loved these funny, compassionate and delightful caricatures. I often gravitate to books about war and hardship as it puts my life into perspective as to how fortunate I am.