Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club

Jun 18, 2013

'The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down' is the first book in Valley Public Radio's Homegrown book club.

Today we're introducing Homegrown, Valley Public Radio's book club about the Central Valley.

We will read books that shine a light on distinct issues, communities and experiences in the region. We'll air in-depth interviews with authors and panel discussions with local experts about the books. You can listen for the segments on Valley Edition and see online features at

We also want to hear your questions and comments about the book. You can connect with us through Facebook, Twitter or e-mail, and our website, Just search "Homegrown."

Our first book is 'The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,' by Anne Fadiman. The book describes the cultural clash between a Hmong family, whose daughter has severe epilepsy, and the Merced hospital where she's treated. 

On July 2, we will feature an interview with Fadiman and a panel discussion with local experts. We hope you'll participate! We look forward to building a community of readers in the Central Valley.