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One Book One Broomfield 2012
Introduction to the Program Mayor Patrick Quinn
As Mayor and on behalf of the City and County of Broomfield, I invite you to participate in the seventh One Book, One Broomfield program. This year's selection is Healer, by Carol Cassella. Healer is a gripping story of a family shaken by financial upheaval. Claire Boehning has to face the vulnerabilities of marriage, motherhood and career. Thrust into rural Washington, Claire finds her world turned upside-down. To survive, she takes a second chance at a career in medicine and slowly rediscovers what she values most.

Carol Cassella currently practices anesthesia in Seattle and has been a freelance medical writer specializing in global public health advocacy for the developing world. We are fortunate to have her visiting our community on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing at the Broomfield Auditorium. I encourage you to join us in this community-wide conversation.

One Book Special Events
Meet Author Carol Cassella
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
  • Broomfield Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Author talk, 8 p.m.
  • Book signing
  • American Sign Language interpreter will be available

The following programs are at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, Eisenhower Room. To register, contact the library at 720.887.2350.
  • Real Women Know Their Assets: Exploring Finance in Relationships
    • Thursday, Oct. 11
    • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Presented by Kristi C. Sullivan, Certified Financial Planner
  • Book discussion with Kerry Pettis "Book Woman" from the Broomfield Enterprise
    • Thursday, Oct. 25
    • 7 p.m.

Discussion Questions for the Current Book
  1. Claire's new life in Hallum seems a cold reality compared to her wealthy life in Seattle. In a sense, Claire had been living in a protective, sheltered bubble, cut off from reality. How do you think this bubble was created? How does she deal with her new life?
  2. How does Claire's job at the clinic help get her out of her protective bubble?
  3. Claire's work at the clinic, caring for her patients, also leaves her less time to care for her daughter, Jory. She thinks "time travels faster for a forty-three-year-old than a fourteen-year-old." (p. 129) Do you agree? How well do you think Claire handles this difficult situation?
  4. There are references in Healer to deserving what is coming to you. How do the themes of fate and free will play out in the story?
  5. Claire is shocked and angry to learn the extent of Addison's financial gambling, and she feels betrayed that he hid it from her. However, Claire also hides her true feelings from Jory, so much so that it exhausts her. Why do you think she does this?
  6. What role does money play in the relationship between Claire and Addison?
  7. The story provides several examples of the relationship between mothers and children: Claire and Jory, Miguela and Esperanza, and Frida and her son. How are they similar and different? How do these relationships illustrate the sacrifices made for the sake of family?
  8. How does Miguela's struggle, her quest to find out what happened to her daughter, affect Claire's perspective and her relationship with Jory?
  9. Do you think Addison is a dreamer? Is he selfish? Is he more scientist or more businessman?
  10. How do their shared experiences affect the relationship between Claire and Addison by the end of the story? They leave lasting scars, but do they also make it stronger?

Adapted from questions by ReadingGroupGuides.com.

Book groups, check out the accompanying "Book Groups in a Bag"!

Carol Cassella Biography Carol Cassel
Carol Cassella is a practicing anesthesiologist and novelist. She was a closet writer for years before blending medicine and fiction in her first novel, Oxygen (Simon & Schuster, 2008), the story of an anesthesiologist tangled in the aftermath of an operating room catastrophe. Oxygen was an Indie Best Pick for July 2008 and selected as one of the best first novels of 2008 by Library Journal. The novel has become a national bestseller and was released as a trade paperback in 2009.

Carol's Education and Experience
Carol grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Duke University with a degree in English Literature. After working in publishing for several years, Carol decided to pursue her fascination with all the weird and wonderful ways humans behave and misbehave by studying medicine. She initially intended to become a psychiatrist, but when she couldn't separate the body and the soul she veered into internal medicine and then, six years later, into anesthesiology. She is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology.

Prior to writing fiction, Carol wrote about global public health issues in the developing world for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Carol now lives on Bainbridge Island, WA, with her husband, Steve, and their two sets of twins. She enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing in the North Cascades, and she is currently working on her next novel.

Partners of One Book, One Broomfield
The Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library and the Broomfield Library Board would like to thank the partners of One Book, One Broomfield 2012 for their support.
Partners