A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care - by Jennifer Culkin
Jennifer Culkin’s affecting and effective A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care is primarily an account of her experiences working as an emergency flight nurse on board a helicopter (an Agusta A109A for those whirlybird aficionados among you) in the state of Washington. But as we read about her attempts to keep heart attack and trauma victims alive while en route to the nearest hospital, we also gain insights into her personal life and her views on parenting, family relationships, and religion. As difficult as emergency medical care is under the best of circumstances (i.e., in a hospital setting), Culkin helps us see how the difficulty and danger are ratcheted up when you’re 8,000 feet up in the air and several hundred miles from the nearest hospital, working in the cramped confines of a chopper’s cabin. Some of the saddest parts of the book are where she describes the deaths of close friends and co-workers (in helicopter accidents) and her mother’s difficult death. Constantly living with life and death tempers a person, I believe, and Culkin is not only the kind of nurse I think we all dream of encountering when we’re in need of emergency care, but the sort of writer whose words and wisdom we can cherish.
The title really says it all - don't miss this beautifully photographed guide to making gardens wherever it suits you.
If you are looking for an exciting book with lots of action and a quick pace, check the books listed below!
If you are looking for books with a strong plot and story that will keep you reading you may also be interested in the following book list that we put together based on one of our patron's request:
Be sure to check out our special section of ABC and 123 books in aisle 1 in the children’s department next to the picture books. Here are some fun titles to check out:
Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
Count on Clifford by Norman Bridwell
Carlo likes counting by Jessica Spanyol
Are you looking for someone new to read? Maybe a new mystery author? I'm hoping I'll find time to read at least one of these five titles this summer. Meredith Cole won the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Competition. Let us know what you think.
Angel's advocate by Mary Stanton
Bait by Nick Brownlee
Hangman blind by Cassandra Clark
Beware! Camping adventures can turn into calamities. If you doubt me, just read what can happen
Camping catastrophe! by Abby Klein ; illustrated by John McKinley
Alvin Ho : allergic to camping, hiking, and other natural disasters by Lenore Look ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
A week in the woods by Andrew Clements
Want to read some more silly riddles about the alphabet? Then pick up a copy of Alphabet Soup. After you read this book, you can tell the riddles to some of your family or friends and try to stump them. There's nothing better than sharing a laugh, so read these riddles to spread some giggles!
The Digital Bookmobile is a high-tech upgrade of the traditional bookmobile housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. Instead of printed books, you’ll experience broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, a premium sound system and a variety of portable media players. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection and sample supported mobile devices like MP3 players, smart phones and eBook readers.
Follow the Digital Bookmobile's tour of the U.S. as it works its way to Canton.