This past year has been a banner year for new EMS books, memoirs and fiction. Each book Â that reaches an audience outside of the EMS world increases the publicâ€™s understanding of what we do and hopefully, increases their respect for us. Here is a roundup ofÂ recent books.
Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic by Kevin Grange published by Berkley. This a great account of a young man going through paramedic school. I reviewed it in more detail in this post:
A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and BackÂ by Kevin Hazzard published by Scribner. This is also a tremendously well written book covering the EMS career of an Atlanta, Georgia paramedic from eager EMT to eventual burn out and fade away nearly a decade later.
Our friend Michael Morse of the Rescuing ProvidenceÂ blog has had his first two excellent books Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1 Responding Â combined into one book and published by Post Hill Press and distributed by Simon and Shuster. Â Morse also recently published City Life, the 3rd in his series looking at EMS in Providence, R.I. Â I reviewed Rescue 1 Responding in this post:
If you like fiction,Â Katherine Howell, a former Australian paramedic, has published several crime mystery novels with EMS subject matter. Â The 6th book in her series featuring Detective Ella MarconiÂ is Web of Deceit, published by MacMillan. Â She is an excellent writer, who’s books I have reviewed multiple times in the past on these pages. Â If you like crime novels, you can’t go wrong with Howell. Â Here is my review of her first novel back in 2007:
Lastly, my second work of EMS fiction was published digitallyÂ this year by Dystel and Goderich. Diamond in the RoughÂ tells the story of a young EMTâ€™s wayward journey through EMS. It takes place in Hartford in the similar setting to my first novel, Mortal Men: Paramedics on the Streets of Hartford. Â The book has caused some controversy because theÂ EMT narrator is a thief, who steals from his patients. Â He, of course, eventually pays the price for his actions, but he does, despite his crimes, manage to find some redemption and a path toward grace. Â After writing two nonfiction books about EMS inÂ Hartford, I have turned to fictionÂ because it offers a freer reign to explore the world of EMS and tell atypicalÂ stories. Â I am currently at work on a third EMS novel also set in Hartford.
You can read sample chapters of Diamond in the Rough here: