E.R. Nurses: Walk My Rounds with Me by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney

Hello, my lovely peeps🐥!
I skipped last Thursday’s review as I had a major appointment/meeting over in midtown and had spent the previous night (most of the week, actually) preparing for it. But hey, none of that this week, so here we are! Back again with a Thursday review and today, I’m featuring another Grand Central Publishing book, E.R. Nurses: Walk My Rounds with Me: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney!

Book Title: E.R. Nurses: Walk My Rounds with Me: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes
Author: James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney
Length: 292 Pages
Publication Date: 6 Sept 2022
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Edition: Paperback
Genres: Nonfiction, Medicine, Biography, Autobiography, Science, Short Stories

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for this gifted copy! All opinions are of my own.

They save our lives every day, and we’ve never heard their stories.  The life-or-death intensity of working on the front lines, from America’s greatest unsung heroes.

“The compassion, the work ethic, and the selflessness of nurses … are given the respect they deserve and captured beautifully here.”
–Sanjay Gupta, MD, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent, CNN

“James Patterson’s account of the twilight world between life and death that nurses inhabit is one of the most moving things I have ever read.”
–Sebastian Junger, author of Freedom and The Perfect Storm 

Around the clock, across the country, these highly skilled and compassionate men and women sacrifice and struggle for us and our families. 

You have never heard their true stories. Not like this. From big-city and small-town hospitals. From behind the scenes. From the heart.  

This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you understand. 

When we’re at our worst, E.R. nurses are at their best.

A tribute to those who fight on the front lines of the E.R., this was a lovely read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s formatted in a way that reminds me of the old Chicken Soup for the Soul books where you have true short stories taken as snippets from the lives of ordinary people, aiming to inspire you in some way or show you life through someone else’s eyes for a burst of a moment. These snippets are very short and some are only a mere two pages long, while others are only a little more. I always feel like short stories, especially micro-stories, are too short for my taste, but not here. Each are pieces that are just enough. Here, in Walk My Rounds With Me, we are seeing through the eyes of E.R. Nurses.

This book is separated into four different sections: Day Shift, Night Shift, Flight Shift, and a Thank You section in the end. Instead of chapters separating the book up, the names of nurses are there instead. Every chapter starts off with a short introduction paragraph and background of a nurse following by a story/moments they recounted during their day, night, or flight shifts and how it’s always something they’ll remember or how it’s changed them since experiencing it.

Many of these stories are powerful pieces, and there are some stories that I didn’t expect at all. Nurses are heroes that often go unappreciated, and this book is a way for the authors to show a glimpse of the work they do to the world.

There are many very interesting moments and stories throughout this book. There are some that brings me to tears, in laughter and saddness. There are plenty of life lessons that lies in these pages that I know I will carry with me. Some of the moments that I will always remember: just how hard nurses advocate for their patients, breaking hospital policies to give their patients one final humane moment, how nurses must put on a strong face to deal with an angry person who “has been waiting for a long time” after coming right out of a room for a child that has just passed, how important it is to be allowed to express your emotions and sorrows, the countless miracles next to small incidents that could take away lives (a small bump to the head), and how there’s nothing that’s totally predictable.

I used to really enjoy the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and for all the short stories I’ve read recently, this one especially touched a nostalgic part of me. The stories are simple but profound, the writing is done well, and I’ve gained a great deal of respect for nurses of all sorts. They put so much work into getting nursing degrees and come out to deal with some of the most awful things and nasty people. They sit with us through some of the worst days of our lives. They bring small joys to us when it feels like there are none left. Truly a wonderful collection of admirable people and stories that I loved.

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Book Review: The Houseplant by Jeremy Ray

Hello, my lovely peeps! Today, I have a review up for a wonderful short story. The other reviews had said there were tears involved and I thought, “I’m always down for teary books! I mean, I doubt I’d cry for a plant, but I’m still definitely down!”

I cried.
For a houseplant.

((In my defense, other people cried too.))


Title: The Houseplant
Author: Jeremy Ray
Edition: Ebook > Kindle
Length: 31 pages
Genre/s: Fiction, Short Stories, Contemporary, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5

A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all opinions are mine. 


Blurb (GR)

George, a fern, doesn’t appreciate being bought by Brenda at Garden Palace.

And he certainly doesn’t appreciate being trapped in her house of humans. He yearns to be with the plants outside in the garden. With time, George learns to trust Brenda and think of her as his human. Then one day, tragedy strikes and George’s life will never be the same. What happens when a houseplant loses the thing he never knew he wanted?

You’ll never look at houseplants the same way again.

Review

You’ll never look at houseplants the same way again.

I sure won’t!

Told from the point of view of a fern named George, we get to explore the world through the lens of the unmoving, oxygen providing, and green living thing we call plants.

The story begins with Brenda, George’s human, meeting with her book club and telling them, for the umpteenth time, how she met George. Previously a bitter plant who, like the others in the garden (where many of his fellow plants were waiting to be sold to humans), held a distrust of humans. They weren’t always [purposefully] malicious to plants…but humans tended to be destructive, careless, and incompetent. A harsh stroke of the leaves here, a bump there, and don’t forget the tiny little humans that would tear leaves off of plants while their parents allowed them to wander off!

For a long time, George managed to look as ugly as possible, to avoid being purchased until, one day, Brenda did buy him. Through lots of care and with Brenda showering him with love, he slowly warms up to her until tragedy strikes and George feels like life will never be the same.

I thought this was amazingly creative and in a tiny little story, it sure packs a punch to the gut! I seriously cried for a fictional plant?!?

I thought this was a pretty good read. I, myself, am quite the brown thumb. Most of my non-succulents tend to croak. Maybe I’m overwatering them, like Brenda did towards the beginning. It wasn’t until I started to raise my cacti, Rebellion, that I earned myself a small little 1% towards green-thumbery.

Rebellion is a plump lil guy now! It makes me appreciate all the growing it’s done for me in the last few years (which again, in this book, George put more effort into flourishing and growing once he started to like Brenda)! I do occasionally talk to it, the same way Brenda did to George, and The Houseplant made me feel just a wee bit less insane about doing so. In fact, next time I see a plant look extra beautiful, one random day, I’m going to smile and think, “Is it doing this for me?”

Starts off pretty cute, quirky and unique, followed by heartwarming, heartbreaking, and finally ending on a beautiful note. I went right off to visit my set of cacti downstairs, as soon as I finished reading.

Awesome short, Jeremy! This book took me less than a lunch break’s worth of time to read, so if you enjoy plants, or even if you don’t and have just a quick moment for a sweet and lovely little story, definitely give this one a go!

Time for some golden eggs! The Houseplant by Jeremy Ray gets…

4 ½ shiny shiny eggs!