Life Lessons, Cultural Lessons

Authors Scott A. Kelly 92C 00MR and Tina Rezvani 07C release books on medicine and cooking.

By Michelle Valigursky

Scott Kelley
Scott A. Kelly MD 92C 00MR

Scott A. Kelly MD 92C 00MR has released his first book What I’ve Learned From You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients. Kelly will be signing books from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 30, 2015 at the Barnes & Noble in Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road.

Kelly is a practicing physician and writer. He received his BA in psychology from Emory University and his medical doctorate from Medical College of Georgia. He completed his medical residency at Emory University. Dr. Kelly is the founder of the Art Heals Media Foundation, which donates art to hospitals to help lift the spirits of patients. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Atlanta, Georgia.

What I’ve Learned From You can teach us all to learn from one another,” said Bernie Siegel MD, who wrote the foreword for the book. Dr. Siegel is the New York Times best-selling author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles and The Art of Healing.

What I've Learned

The book’s stories are based on real patients who made an impact on Dr. Kelly’s life. They explore human relationships and give an intimate view into the window of the human condition.

“I feel strongly that these stories need to be told, because without sharing them they, like all of us, will perish,” Kelly explained. “And I believe they deserve to live.”

What I’ve Learned From You takes the reader on a journey from an inner-city trauma center to the bedside of a dying cancer patient. It tells the story of human experience: love, pain, healing, sickness, birth, death and all the things in between. It brings compassion and empathy back to the art of medicine. The book is available online at, Barnes & Noble and book stores throughout the nation.

"A terrific book by a wonderful doctor!" says Sanjay Gupta, MD, Neurosurgeon, author of Chasing Life, Cheating Death, and Monday Mornings.

Everyday Persian

Tina Rezvani 07C is a food and culture enthusiast with a passion for sharing knowledge through writing. With a master's degree in cultural anthropology, she aims to improve cross-cultural understanding and foster peace through creativity. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tina Rezvani
Tina Rezvani 07C

In her book Everyday Persian, colorful, complex and often unexpected Persian food perfectly reflects its nation of origin. From dusty bazaars stacked with intricate carpets to lush green forests along the Caspian Sea; from rosewater distilleries to centuries-old mosques; it takes time to truly understand Iran, its diverse people and its complex history. But, no matter where you go, there’s always spectacular food. Everyday Persian captures that.

As a second-generation Iranian-American, author Rezvani grew up eating between two cultures, savoring equally the saffron-tinted basmati rice of her heritage and the burritos and pizzas of the land she calls home. Everyday Persian aims not only to teach the reader how to prepare classic Persian dishes, but it also contains modern Persian-American recipes combining culinary traditions. Across more than 120 recipes, this informative and accessible book will give readers a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of Persian cooking, from aash (bean and herb soup) to zereshk polow (rice with barberries).

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Michelle Valigursky