Grey’s Anatomy is back this month with their 16th season. If you’ve been a trooper and have seen every episode, this is the ultimate book list for you. Our friends at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital have been through it all just like the characters in these books. Be sure to keep these on hand in between seasons and breaks.
House of God by Samuel Shem
The drop from top in your class to the lowest and sometimes least respected position in the hospital is a long one. It’s a definite shock to the six wide-eyed interns we’re introduced to in The House of God. They have their hands full with trying to please all the doctors and maneuver relationships all while trying to learn how to be the best doctors they can be.
In Shock by Dr. Rana Awdish
Critical care physician Dr. Rana Awdish never anticipated finding herself in the position of so many of her patients. When she is hospitalized and becomes the ‘patient’ instead of the doctor, she is shocked with what she discovers. Cavalier behavior, less-than-stellar practices and emotional indifferences from her colleagues will help her to become a better doctor. Dr. Rana Awdish pushes doctors to reevaluate their emotional bonds with patients, and in doing so makes a case for the reconstruction of all relationships in life.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Anna has spent her whole life in service to her family as an antidote of sorts. She was conceived for the sole purpose of healing her sister who was diagnosed with leukemia at a very young age. Anything that her sister needs – cord blood, bone marrow or stem cells – all of it was taken from Anna to give to Kate. When Kate needs a kidney, Anna starts to question the weight of her situation and wonders whether she has any power over her own life.
Nightingale Tales Lynn Dow, R.N.
The medical world has progressed so much since the days of Florence Nightingale, when you would be hard-pressed to find electronic machines or gadgets. Lynn Dow spent her early nursing career taking care of patients and assisting physicians, charting everything by hand. In Nightingale Tales, Lynn shares her experiences along with advances in technology she’s seen over the years.
Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree
On the surface, Dr. Dylan Michaels has the perfect life; she has a loving partner and has a successful career as an OB-GYN. When her boyfriend proposes, it all falls apart. She blames herself for a tragedy in her past, which has colored every relationship in her life to the point where she refuses to allow herself any happiness. She’ll have to learn to forgive herself if she wants any semblance of a life.
The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman
It’s the 1930s and the Great Depression is ravaging the country, work is hard to find and neighbors rely on one another to survive. When Nurse Becky is in dire straits she reaches out to an old friend, Patience. The women and their spouses will need to work together to persevere through these tough times.
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
Zadie and Emma have been through it all together including the madness and stress of medical school. Now they are both married with children and have found success in their careers. When an old flame returns to the hospital and secrets from the past surface, Zadie and Emma’s friendship will be put to the test.