I read and loved "The Shipping News" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down". My favorite part of the shipping news were the details about the historic fishing and trapping culture of the Newfies. Banding together to survive in their harsh environment has apparently made them a special breed of people. Interestingly, I heard on NPR news that several planes were diverted to Newfoundland on September 11th. The passengers had to stay in hastily assembled shelters for a week or two until flights resumed. They were so impressed with the hospitality of the Newfies, who refused all compensation, that they subsequently set up scholarship
funds for kids from Newfoundland.
Does anyone know if the movie was actually filmed in Newfoundland? This is a book that really makes you want to see the fog, the icebergs in the water,etc.
The Spirit Catches You..., is an amazingly good book but SO sad. It's the best thing I've ever read about problems in cross-cultural communication, especially as it affects health care. I think it should be required reading in nursing schools
. Thank you so much for the link to a Hmong critique.