Blog Hiatus Until March 3rd

Hello! This is a really quick update, but you might have noticed that most of my energy is going towards novella and not much else. The truth is, my day job got hectic with a wave of lay-offs and then I got COVID. My energy has been super limited and, as much as I love reading and reviewing, the reviewing bit is just not with me right now. So, I’m taking a formal break.

Assuming a successful recovery, my next post will go up on Friday, March 3rd.

Review: YEAR OF THE NURSE: A COVID-19 PANDEMIC MEMOIR by Cassandra Alexander RN (2021)

Genre: Adult Medical Nonfiction
Year Release: 2021
Source: Kindle

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content warning: PTSD, suicidal ideation, COVID death, illness, bodily fluids, graphic discussion of medical procedures

Fucking harrowing as we get a front line view of the COVID pandemic from the very beginning through the first half of 2021. Nurses shouldn’t have to be this resilient.

Told across several bits of media from texts to tweets to blog posts, Cassie Alexander tells a brutally honest account of her experience working the COVID wards. What also works is how well Alexander knows her audience. There’s an empathy in the discussion and excellent laying out of specific terms and concepts. It’s easy to read from the standpoint of understanding the medicine, but difficult when it comes to even wrapping your mind around this lived experience.

This is the most important book I’ve read this year, and I don’t use that term lightly.