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More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic
Sherry Jones Mayo
Modern History Press (2021)
ISBN: 9781615991419

Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (04/2021)

A thoughtful look at the lives of emergency service personnel

More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie, 2nd EdMore Confessions of a Trauma Junkie by Sherry Jones Mayo is an incredibly thoughtful, eloquent, and revealing life documentation of how emergency service personnel do what they do, their highs and lows. These are the law enforcers, trauma nurses, firefighters, military, and paramilitary, those in corrections and public health. The author succinctly brings out how those professionals have to strike a balance between their family at home and their second family, which is work.

The book thrusts the reader into a life filled with so many dimensions and perspectives of how emergency respondents live, the encounters they have, and how life-changing some of these encounters are. Written from the other side of the coin by a paramedic, the tales are familiar and endearing. Author Sherry Jones Mayo showcases real-life experiences from first-hand responders, both emotional and hard-hitting, but the author employs relief to the reader by adding humor to the stories.

As a reader, “More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie” gives an illuminating realization of the heroism of emergency service professionals, their devotion and commitment to saving lives. One prime example the book covers is Hurricane Katrina, the burden it placed on the first responders of the crisis and the delays experienced.
No one is born ready or prepared for all emergencies. The author notes that what is important is having an alternative plan. Notable is the fact that the book also addresses topics such as dealing with grief, healing, and living in hope of a better tomorrow.

All things considered, this book is finely written and it is easy to grasp the attention of even a non-professional outside the medical field. The author also provides a lexicon at the end of the book for readers to reference throughout their reading. “More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie” by Sherry Jones Mayo would be a wonderful eye-opener for someone who wants to start a career in the field of firefighting, law enforcement and the medical field.

U.P. Reader -- Volume #5 [HC]

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula is blessed with a treasure trove of storytellers, poets, and historians, all seeking to capture a sense of Yooper Life from settler's days to the far-flung future. Since 2017, the U.P. Reader offers a rich collection of their voices that embraces the U.P.'s natural beauty and way of life, along with a few surprises.

The forty-one short works in this fifth annual volume take readers on U.P. road and boat trips from the Keweenaw to the Soo. Every page is rich with descriptions of the characters and culture that make the Upper Peninsula worth living in and writing about. U.P. writers span genres from humor to history and from science fiction to poetry. This issue also includes imaginative fiction from the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award winners, honoring the amazing young writers enrolled in all of the U.P.'s schools.

Featuring the words of Karen Dionne, Barbara Bartel, T. Marie Bertineau, Don Bodey, Craig A. Brockman, Stephanie Brule, Larry Buege, Tricia Carr, Deborah K. Frontiera, Elizabeth Fust, Robert Grede, Charles Hand, Kathy Johnson, Sharon Kennedy, Chris Kent, Tamara Lauder, Teresa Locknane, Ellen Lord, Becky Ross Michael, Hilton Moore, Gretchen Preston, Donna Searight Simons, Frank Searight, T. Kilgore Splake, Ninie G. Syarikin, Tyler Tichelaar, Brandy Thomas, Donna Winters, Annabell Danker, Kyra Holmgren, Nicholas Painer, and Walter Dennis.

"Funny, wise, or speculative, the essays, memoirs, and poems found in the pages of these profusely illustrated annuals are windows to the history, soul, and spirit of both the exceptional land and people found in Michigan's remarkable U.P. If you seek some great writing about the northernmost of the state's two peninsulas look around for copies of the U.P. Reader. --Tom Powers, Michigan in Books

"U.P. Reader offers a wonderful mix of storytelling, poetry, and Yooper culture. Here's to many future volumes!" --Sonny Longtine, author of Murder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

"As readers embark upon this storied landscape, they learn that the people of Michigan's Upper Peninsula offer a unique voice, a tribute to a timeless place too long silent." --Sue Harrison, international bestselling author of Mother Earth Father Sky

"I was amazed by the variety of voices in this volume. U.P. Reader offers a little of everything, from short stories to nature poetry, fantasy to reality, Yooper lore to humor. I look forward to the next issue." --Jackie Stark, editor, Marquette Monthly

The U.P. Reader is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. A portion of proceeds from each copy sold will be donated to the UPPAA for its educational programming.

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