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Transplant Books & Book Reviews

"Wow, what a great source of information and inspiration. I've already purchased four of the books highlighted here and now recommend this TRIO resource to my nursing friends..."

- Comments from a transplant nurse in Omaha, NE

Note: as of August 2012, this entire collection of over 150 transplant related books, many autographed by the authors and most with reviews, have been moved to the Gift of Life Donor Program's new Family House library (Philadelphia, PA) to be available for families and patients visiting there.

Introduction

These book reviews reflect the opinions and writings of Jim Gleason, heart transplant recipient, author and book reviewer, and do not represent the views of TRIO or any of its members. If you are an author of a transplant related book and would like to submit your book for review consideration, send an e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I promise you a prompt reply.

Keep in mind that typically it takes some extreme experience to have a story worth writing a book about, so what you read in these books, while factual and real-life, should not be taken as "typical" transplant experiences. Every patient will have their own unique transplant challenges and outcomes. Read them for the inspiration they offer us all in how the human spirit can deal with life's "adventures" and then go off to write your own "real-life" story.

Click on the Download File button with each book image below to read the full PDF review (not all have reviews to download and some are in progress of being written.) or others link to a web site for that book.

THE BOOKS:



The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers

The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers

How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death (2012) by Dick Teresi (the title says it all... reporter's take on brain death declaration and its relationship to organ donation) - very controversial topic as this book treats it.
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The Unlikely Candidate: An Amazing Journey of a Heart Transplant Recipient

The Unlikely Candidate: An Amazing Journey of a Heart Transplant Recipient

by Kevin Smith, Jr. (2012) inspirational story of his heart transplant journey, from young healthy athlete to praying for that miracle gift of a new heart

The Wisdom of the Body

The Wisdom of the Body

By Sherwin B. Nuland MD (1997) (also titled "How We Live" in its paperback edition - the human spirit as described by this noted physician and author).

This Little Heart of Mine

This Little Heart of Mine

By Joanne Farrell (2009) (48 page first person account of recent heart transplant and recovery)

Through the Fire

Through the Fire

By John Watts (2004) (True Story of The Death To Life Experiences of A Preacher Who Received A Heart Transplant).

Tiger's Eye: A Memoir

Tiger's Eye: A Memoir

By Inga Clendinner (2000) (life experience of liver disease - 1950's - through successful liver transplant with its mind altering impacts while suffering with that disease)

To the Edge and Back

To the Edge and Back

By Chris Klug with Steve Jackson (liver recipient and Olympic medal winning snow boarder autobiography)

Transplant - A Novel

Transplant - A Novel

By John A. Elefteriades, MD (2009) (thriller story of heart surgeon kidnapped, seduced, threatened to make him.

Transplant: From Myth to Reality

Transplant: From Myth to Reality

By Nicholas L. Tilney, M.D. (historical story of history of transplantation) Twenty Boy Summer a novel by Sarah Ockler (2009) (novel for teens - following organ donor boy friend's death, two girls explore summer romance)

Unexpected Blessings: Finding Hope and Healing in the Face of Illness

Unexpected Blessings: Finding Hope and Healing in the Face of Illness

(2008) by Roxanne Black (Founder of Friend's' Health Connection and two time kidney transplant author shares her personal story along with those of many other celebrities and "common" folk) (review pending)

What's Possible

What's Possible

By Daryn Kagan (2008) (collected stories of amazing human accomplishments, some by transplant recipients and organ donor families, also available on the web in daily stories at darynkagan.com)

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

When Crickets Cry

When Crickets Cry

by Charles Martin (April 2006) (novel about three heart recipients and their heart transplant surgeon)

Will I Live, Will I Die

Will I Live, Will I Die

By Patricia Kuhn (August 2008) (challenging liver transplant life story with insights from within a coma and hallucinatory effects of some meds)

YOU, The Owner's Manual

YOU, The Owner's Manual

By Michael F, Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (down to earth medical advice and educational resource for anyone).

Your Heart Belongs to Me

Your Heart Belongs to Me

By Dean Koontz (December 2008) (novel murder mystery about international transplant tourist trade and heart recipient's being hunted down for his heart offense).

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You

(2011) by Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD (husband and wife doctors share essential tools for making medical decisions, cutting through the health care system, the media and gaps in our own reasoning)

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