When we spotted Jane Gross' enthusiastic review of I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse in the New York Times, we were ecstatic. After all, it's not every day that a collection of essays published by a small literary press based in Pittsburgh gets reviewed in the Times. But what was more gratifying, was that within hours of the review's publication online, the article, and as a result the book, have taken on a life of their own.
The review became the Times' 3rd most emailed story, and the book reached #18 on Amazon.
What does it all mean? Considering that there are 2.7 million RNs working in the US today, we think the response has a lot to do with how under-represented nurses are in publishing and literature. These 21 personal narratives shine a light on the world of nursing, and reveal nurses at all stages of their careers--passionate, terrified, sometimes simply exhausted--as they take on one of the most challenging and under-appreciated jobs in the world.
Want a sneak peek? Read Lee Gutkind's introduction, a tribute to "the indispensible and anchoring element in our healthcare system."