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Book Review: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

This book was a required reading in our Nutrition Counseling class and I’m really thankful for that. The book follows the story of a Hmong child named Lia Lee who has a seizure disorder. They reside in Merced, California and are a long way from their roots. Throughout the story you discover the culture barriers and attitudes from American doctors towards the Hmong.

Every person who works with those of different culture should read this, especially in the medical field. It applies in every field though because I’m sure just in daily life, you meet someone that may be a lot different than you. Different values, beliefs and culture can be a huge barrier in communication. But it doesn’t have to be. This is a great book and definitely recommended.

My rating from Goodreads

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two CulturesThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting book and I believe anyone going into the healthcare field should read this book. Some chapters are really dry because it goes into the Hmong history and things such as war, and that doesn’t interest me. However, there were only a few of those chapters and the others were quick reads. Definitely has opened my eyes when having to communicate with those of a different culture, especially for my future in dietetics.

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I have three books I have started reading since Summer, but was really intrigued by reviews of “Girls in White Dresses.” So I have started that two days ago and am almost half way through it. Keep checking back for that review!

Q: What books have you read recently?
Q: Have you read “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down?”
Q: Have you read “Girls in White Dresses?”


Vitacost Love & $10 off Coupon

There have been a few items that I have fallen in love with .

Gu brew Chocolate Smoothie Recovery Drink


Blender Bottles


Camelback Water Bottles


Trigger Point Foam Rollers


Then some items I would be excited to try out

Smart Shaker Bottle

smart shaker

Sport Line HydraCoach Bottle


Gu Brew Recovery Drink – Chocolate Smoothie Review

I received $10 from referring someone to Vitacost and was super excited because I recently fell in love with Gu Brew recovery drink and have been wanting to buy some. I will be 100% honest with you, that most protein powders I try are extremely chalky and have a weird taste. Not Gu Brew Chocolate Smoothie. Tasted JUST like chocolate milk and was not chalky at all.

gu brew

So that $10 will be going towards a container of Gu Brew for sure.

I have added a new side widget for the referral program at vitacost. All of the above items are sold on Vitacost. So many things you could imagine are there, from ecofriendly laundry and dish detergent, to makeup, to protein powders and recovery and fuel bars such as Luna, Clif, Clif Z Bars. Check it out! Even your grocery items are there!

vitacost 10 off

By clicking above or the image on the side of the blog, you will be eligible to receive a $10 off coupon from my referral! Enjoy!

Tomorrow is Motivational Monday! I will include last week’s workouts I did with Rebecca! They had my glutes and quads screaming and my arms and back are still sore. Success!

Q: What do you love from Vitacost?
Q: Have you tried GU Brew Recovery Drink?