Reading List

Bailit Health staff have compiled a list of influential and highly recommended reading. Check back often for updates


Currently Reading

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America
Written by Mary Otto

Summary:
Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health.


Previously Read

The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
Written by T.R. Reid

Summary:
Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Written by J.D. Vance

Summary:
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Written by Matthew Desmond

Summary:
Evicted explores the stories of tenants and landlords in the poorest areas of Milwaukee during 2008 and 2009. Through both personal stories and data, Desmond proves that eviction undermines self, family, and community, bearing down disproportionately hard on women with children.


Between the World and Me
Written by Ta–Nehisi Coates

Summary:
(School Library Journal) In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.


Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Written by Dan Ariely

Summary:
In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Compendium
Written by Daniel H. Pink

Summary:
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is to use rewards like money, but according to Daniel Pink´s provocative and persuasive book Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, most people are make a mistake thinking that external rewards are the best way to motivate. He suggests that the secret to high performance and satisfaction at work, at school, and at home consists of three pillars: the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to become better at things that matter to us, and to do something meaningful for ourselves and the world.


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Written by Atul Gawande

Summary:
In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.


Dreamland: The True Tale of America´s Opiate Epidemic
Written by Sam Quinones

Summary:
Award–winning journalist Sam Quinones combines thorough research with superlative narrative skills to produce a horrifying but compulsively readable book about opiate addiction in the United States.


Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
Written by Adam Antler

Summary:
A revelatory look at how our environment unconsciously yet dramatically shapes the judgments and decisions we make every day.


Overkill
Article written by Atul Gawande and Published in The New Yorker

Summary:
An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?

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