What we are Reading at EMS Manager Part 2

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I asked the EMS Manager staff to share the books they are reading (note many of the links below are Amazon affiliate links).

Jaimie Hammond, Sales Executive

I recently finished Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I chose this title because I misplaced my eReader, so I needed a physical book – and I had gotten rid of almost all my physical books except the ones by Joyce. And, since I was in the mood for an easier read, it was a clear choice.

I am starting to read through all of the Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie. The digital versions on my Nook. I love classic novels, I like mysteries….and, since there are 33 novels, saves me from having to choose a new book for awhile

About a year ago I read through L Frank Baum’s ‘Aunt Jane Nieces’ series (he’s better known for the Wizard of Oz, but these books were on the list of books to read before you die). In one of the books, “Aunt Janes Nieces in the Red Cross“, they all get involved in providing medical care during the war. It is a teen novel, but still a pretty decent read depicting war time care. Read a digital version.

About a year and a half ago I read Summer of Fire by Linda Jacobs which is about firefighters fighting fires in Yellowstone. I read it because it was free on my Nook, but it was a page turner, even though average literary value.

Mellissa Dahl, Director of Marketing & Public Relations

I am currently reading: You Called 9-1-1 for What? by Dave Konig. I’m reading it on my iPhone and iPad via the Kindle app. It’s a fun, quick read that I can turn to while waiting in line, waiting for my kids, or as The Stones would say, while Waiting On a Friend. Each chapter is it’s own little story which is perfect for all the waiting around I seem to do.

On a serious note, it takes a look at the history of 9-1-1 and on a humorous note it shares idiotic reasons people have called 9-1-1. And the price is right…only 99 cents from Amazon.com!

The last book I read was Life With My Grandparents by Erling Dahl – My DAD! I recently re-read it as he passed away last year and it brings back fond memories of all the stories he told us about his life when he was young and living with his Norwegian speaking grandparents after his Mom died. It’s nice to have them in writing.

My favorite EMS book is Population 485 – Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry. It’s a true story of how he returns to live in his home town which has a population of 485 interesting characters. He joins the volunteer fire and rescue department and this book tells the tales of the other volunteers and takes the reader on some great runs. Not only is it a great, heartwarming read, but it’s about a town near where I grew up and I know the author so I can truthfully, and reliably, say he’s “One of the Good Guys”…I highly recommend his other books too! They are all available at www.sneezingcow.com or Amazon of course…on paper or digitally.

Related posts:

Author Interview: Paramedic Bob Holdsworth on WGN Radio

Bob Holdsworth, author of Wading into the Chaos (Amazon link), was interviewed on WGN Radio.

It is a great interview with Bob, tribute to emergency medical services, and a fine example of podcast hosting for me to strive towards.

Listen to the WGN Radio interview with Bob Holdsworth

What we are Reading at EMS Manager Part 1

The Medical Author Chat podcast is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at EMSManager.net.

I asked the EMS Manager staff to share the books they are reading (note many of the links below are Amazon affiliate links).

Miles Matton, Software Engineer

I am currently reading The Road to Damascus by John Ringo and Linda Evans and previous book was Emerald Sea by John Ringo (I think) both chosen mostly because they were in the Baen Free Library (which I just found out trying to find those titles has been pretty much gutted now), but he is a pretty good author or I wouldn’t have continued reading more of his (these are/were the last couple books I have of his out of 8 or so).

I’ve read a lot of books, I’m sure some of them have a medical theme at least, but none really come to mind. One of my favorites, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein has a nurse as one of the main characters & part of the start of the book is set there, not sure if that’s close enough.

Kyle Hammond, Software Engineer

I am currently reading The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough. It’s so far a very interesting read and has lessons to be learned about clarity of vision for what you want to happen, relying on facts and calculations instead of guesswork and hopes, and the perseverance of people to make things happen. France was the first country to really set out to make a canal between the Pacific and Atlantic, but they never had reliable data on the geography of the area and vastly underestimated the effort it would take.

Chad Clay, Co-Owner, Sales Director

I really don’t read anything that is not on a computer screen anymore. I read a lot of stuff on the internet and listen to a good number of podcasts. My favorite podcasts right now are “Planet Money” and “Freakonomics”.

I haven’t read anything that stands out recently but I did listen to this podcast “how much is a firefighter worth“.  I enjoyed it because it relates to our business here and it relates to the business side of firefighting which interests me.

What are you reading?

 

New Book Announcement: Wading into the Chaos

Wading into the Chaos (Amazon link) was released on December 30, 2012. The book was written by paramedic Bob Holdsworth.

From the Amazon.com book description:

“Wading Into Chaos, written by a veteran paramedic, gives you a first hand, real life glimpse inside the chaotic world of Emergency Medical Services. Ride along and experience the emotions, the frustration, the sadness and the dark humor that accompanies responding to fatal car crashes, 14-year-old suicides, inner city gang violence, train accidents, med-e-vac helicopter landings, and the forgotten elderly who just need someone to talk to.”

I hope to schedule Bob for an episode soon.

Free Book Friday: My Funny Major Medical

My Funny Major Medical (Amazon link), a collection of medical themed humor essays, is available for free download for Amazon Prime subscribers.

The book description from Amazon.com:

Laughter might be the best medicine, but it’s not covered by Medicare. So this little book provides a low-cost, over-the-counter dosage to cheer up (and/or terrify) those who find themselves on the wrong end of health maintenance. (Whichever the “wrong end” might be.) Some of the funniest humor writers on the scene today share their stories, jokes, therapeutic venting, and scans of the process of Getting Better–including some medical personnel who didn’t realize they were being funny.

Contributors include columnists, comedians, authors, TV writers, and people with unauthorized access to hospital files.

This inexpensive, pocket-sized book is a time-released “get well card” for the ailing and afflicted, an inside chuckle for medical professionals, and a collection of healing fun for those who aren’t under care at the moment.

Contents include:

–Previews of Coming Contractions

–My Hysterical-Ectomy

–Sometimes It Is Brain Surgery

–Waiting for Dr. Godot

–The Missing Vagina Monologues

–The Patients of Job

–The Ma’am-O-Gram

–Hip Op Album

–When Make-A-Wish Goes Bad

–Specialists’ Opinion on ObamaCare

–Confessions of a Candy Striper

A great collection of laughs for anybody associated with Medicine from any perspective, these fine writers and hilarious bloopers will have you in stitches… if you aren’t already.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

Book Announcement: Silent Sirens

Matthew Sias emailed, “I have recently written a book about my experiences as a paramedic, EMT, deputy coroner, and intern funeral director.”

The book is titled Silent Sirens and is available on Create Space andSilent Sirens on Amazon.com.

I am working with Matthew to schedule him for a future episode of the Medical Author Chat.

Also my friend and EMS Blogs network administrator Dave Konig has finished two ebooks recently. Both are available from these Amazon.com links:

You Called 9-1-1 for What? The Official Guide to EMS Blogging

Dave was also featured in this news article “Absurd 9-1-1 Calls Remembered in Book.”

Book Announcement: All Good Things by Paramedic Perry Prete

Paramedic Perry Prete wrote me that his first novel, All Good Things (Amazon affiliate link) has been published. The book is about a paramedic “embroiled in a series of murders” (book description from http://openbookontario.com/news/dirty_dozen_perry_prete).

If you read All Good Things make sure you leaving a rating and review for Perry on Amazon. I am sure he would appreciate it.

Listen to the Medical Author Chat episode with Perry Prete.

Ebook Download: Resurrecting the Street after 9/11

RESURRECTING THE STREET will be free between September 7th  and September 11th.

Resurrecting the Street: Overcoming the Greatest Operational Crisis in History is an account of the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks on the World Trade Center on the financial markets, with a focus on the trading and settlement of US Government Securities. The author, Jeff Ingber, used dozens of first person interviews with traders, brokers, dealers, regulators, and other financial professionals that witnessed the airplanes striking the buildings, ran for safety when they collapsed, helped injured co-workers and strangers, and then returned hours later to rebuild the trading and settlement systems. Read my full review at EverydayEMSTips.com … 

The events of 9/11 presented the financial industry with the greatest operational crisis in its history. Every major market was closed.  A significant amount of critical infrastructure was destroyed. Key officials were killed; others could not be located. Massive amounts of critical data were lost, and there was a crushing inability to communicate, locate or verify information.

Press Release – Free Book Announcement

With the anniversary of 9/11 looming, Jeff Ingber has released a newly updated edition of his ground-breaking book RESURRECTING THE STREET.  This book has been hailed as a gripping and detailed analysis of how the financial industry recovered, which required the willpower, wisdom, and unprecedented cooperation among fierce competitors.

Perfect for history buffs, those memorializing the 9/11 anniversary, and those looking for a deeper understanding of operational crisis management.

Book Reviews and Announcements: Mid Summer 2012

Book Reviews

Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine on the EduMedic Blog

Please Don’t Dance on my Ambulance on the EduMedic Blog

A Never Event on the Everyday EMS Tips Blog

The Downwind Walk on the High Performance EMS Blog

Currently Reading

How Winning Works by Firefighter/EMT and adventure racer Robyn Benincasa

Resurrecting the Street about the impacts of 9/11 and subsequent recovery of the financial services industry

Book Finds

New book from Michael Perry, Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Michael was a guest on this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast.

You Cant Park There: the highs and lows of an Air Ambulance Doctor

I heard about this book on Episode 5 of the Harris CPD podcast. The host asks the author for his advice on writing a book of memoirs.

Write a Book by Blogging the Book Content

Someday I am hoping to write a book. My planned technique is to write the book as a series of blog posts and then bundle those posts into an ebook for the Kindle. Obviously this idea is not unique, but it sure seems sensible.

Recently I listened to this podcast with Nina Amir about her book, How to Blog a Book.

Sounds like a good book for me read as a I prepare to blog my own book.