The Life’s Library Book Club was created by John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas to celebrate two of their favourite things: good books and good communities. With a list carefully selected by John and Rosianna, the book club will introduce you to great books you may not have heard of. We’ll read them closely and thoughtfully and discuss each book over the course of the six weeks on the Life’s Library Discord. Pull up your comfiest reading chair and join us.

What is Partners in Health?

All profits from the sale of the Life’s Library subscription are donated to Partners in Health, a non-profit healthcare organization with which the Nerdfighter community has worked with for over a decade. Their works covers from research to house calls, to building structures. Their mission, in their own words:

“Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.”

PIH works closely with locals and with a clear understanding of the complexities of the issues they face; they understand that such big tasks need of multiple support structures beyond the obvious and straightforward: even if you erect an entire hospital, that will fall apart without properly trained personnel and people who will work there in the long term, without functional equipment, or without clean water and sewage systems.

Their principles read “We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay.” because they know the kind of long term and in person commitments it takes to make a real difference.