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The Waiting Room Reader
Stories to Keep You Company
Joan Cusack Handler, ed.


2010 • 104 pp. 6 x 11"

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-13-6

The Reader was co-sponsored and co-conceived by CavanKerry and LaurelBooks partner, The Arnold P.Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. Publisher Joan Cusack Handler and Gold Foundation President and CEO Sandra Gold observed that patients, while waiting to learn about their physical health, typically are provided only pop culture magazines—perhaps entertaining but without the solace and comfort that literature provides. The Waiting Room Reader was designed to address that need by bringing fine and accessible writing to “keep the patients company.” Here are uplifting and inspiring poems that focus on life’s gifts – everyday pleasures: love and family, food and home, work and play, dreams and the earth. This collection, originally offered only to hospitals and physicians’ waiting rooms, was received with great success and is now available to a wider audience.

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The Waiting Room Reader brings poetry into those boring, anxiety-laden waiting rooms of laboratories, prenatal clinics, dental clinics, x-ray centers, all the anterooms of all the places we attend for medical procedures and results. Given the percentage of our lives we spend waiting in such places with CNN blaring, now there is the antidote of poetry—right there next to the two and three year old greasy –thumbed magazines....”—Molly Peacock

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:04:06 -0500