Book Club May 21: 'The Empathy Exams'

empathy examsThe next Paws & Effect Book Club selection is a collection of non-fiction essays "The Empathy Exams" by Leslie Jamieson. Winner of a Greywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, the collection explores empathy in an age full of media, technology, poverty, and violence. An editorial review of the book states:

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed?

"At its heart, everything that Paws & Effect does—through its volunteers, its service animals, Pet Partners, and other programs—relates to improving how we relate to each other," says Executive Director Nicole Shumate. "This book is a natural fit for engaging in that conversation."

The book club discussion will take place starting 6:30 p.m., Sun., May 21, at Barnes & Noble, Shoppes At Three Fountains 4550 University Ave, West Des Moines, Iowa.

The book is available at Barnes & Noble, and via the company website here.