Cutting for Stone

I joined a book club earlier this year, through the Community Services Center (they meet in the evenings – yeah!), and this month we read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It’s a semi-autobiographical account of a young man (a twin) growing up in Ethiopia, who later goes on to become a respected doctor (and professor at Stanford University!) in America. I won’t spoil it for you by giving away any details but it was definitely a fascinating look into another culture.

As a writer, I’m always interested in what inspires others to write. I decided to learn more about Dr. Verghese: and I sent the following note:

Dear Dr. Verghese, in preparation for a book club discussion of Cutting for Stone, I read with interest of your current research into bedside manner. Recently (20 months ago) I became a living kidney donor and, because you wrote so beautifully about the twins’ experience in your book, I thought you might be interested in hearing about my donor experience, as it relates to your current scientific focus. If this is the case, I’m happy to relate my story….

And, he wrote back!! How many bestselling authors would take the time to respond to a random note from a complete stranger? He truly must embody the best of humanity!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melisa
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 05:26:51

    Hi Monica,

    I also read “Cutting for Stone”, about a year ago. Afterwards I noticed it was the only book I recognized on Obama’s published list of current favorites … I agree, Dr. Stone is amazing!
    Here in Southern California as you may already know, there are lots of opportunities to eat Ethiopian and Eritrean food … there is a “Little Ethiopia” on South La Cienega in LA, and nearby an area where they sell ethnic CDs, etc.


  2. Melisa
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 05:29:35

    Sorry, I meant to say “Dr. Verghese”.


  3. Suzi Kamin
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 19:23:57

    Wow. Again you attract and/or reach out to friends. How wonderful. Your circle keeps expanding. Hope you are coming home in the next year or so for a visit? Or to explore new adventures in job positions or whatever…..


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