All Aberdeen Reads

The Alexander Mitchell Public Library invites everyone in the Aberdeen area to participate in their annual One Book One Community program, All Aberdeen Reads.  Join us, Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00PM, at the Aberdeen Community Theatre, for an amazing event featuring author and journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas as she talks about her NY Times bestselling book, Concussion.  Named after the Will Smith movie, this is an inspiring story of Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant discoveries of the 21st Century and went up against the NFL. Laskas was the reporter who helped Dr Omalu get the word out about his findings.

The NSU book store has copies available for purchase and will be selling books the night of the event.

Date: Thursday, October 6th
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: Free at the Public Library. Available September 6th.
Location: Aberdeen Community Theatre


Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, Concussion is the stirring true story of one unlikely man’s courageous decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus bent on silencing him, and to tell the world the truth.

Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for GQ—a story that would go on to inspire the major motion picture Concussion. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, where, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he’d never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu asked himself. How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this? The search for answers would change Omalu’s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Mike Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by relentless blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL would do anything to keep secret.

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