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Napa Bookmine and the Napa County Library are bringing two authors to Napa in January. 

Sara Zaske, author of "Achtung Baby,"  will be at the Napa County Library on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m.

After spending several years in Germany, Zaske learned to relax the reins with her two children, experiences she recounts in "Achtung Baby." Featuring personal stories, as well as interviews with fellow parents, teachers, and experts,"Achtung Baby," reveals the benefits of raising children with “selbstandigkeit” (self-reliance). In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents do not share American fears and their children are thriving.

In the spirit of Pamela Druckerman’s "Bringing up Bébé" and Julie Lythcott-Haims’s "How to Raise an Adult," "Achtung Baby," offers a perspective on global tools to raise happy, healthy, independent children.

Physician Victoria Sweet, whose newest book is "Slow Medicine" will be at the Napa County Library on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

In  "Slow Medicine: In The Way to Healing (Riverhead Books), Sweet shares her vision for how healing works and delves into why we must rethink how our healthcare system treats patients. Like Slow Food and related movements, Slow Medicine—in which Sweet is regarded as a pioneer—prizes time and depth over rapid judgment and assumption. Slow Medicine encompasses craft as well as science, vocation as well as profession. It prioritizes patients, takes the contexts of their lives into account, and acknowledges that each body tells a unique story that cannot be captured in electronic charts but must be “read” firsthand.

Sweet was a physician at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital for more than 20 years, an experience she chronicled in "God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine."

An associate clinical professor of medicine at the UCSF, she is also a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 "Slow Medicine" offers stories of patients, nurses, doctors and teachers. Their experiences, and hers, reveal her path to understanding the healing vocation and at the same time underscore the takeover of the medical field by healthcare administrators, whose reign has undermined the care patients are given.

Sweet’s engaging stories illustrate her argument that we need both fast and slow medicine to create an effective, humane and sustainable healing.

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