Paramedic (OPL Human Library 2013)
Annotation:Stern tells her story with great humor and poignancy, creating a wonderful portrait of a middle-aged, Woody Allen–ish woman who was “deeply and neurotically terrified of sick and dead people,” but who went out into the world to save other people’s lives as a way of saving her own.
Annotation:Have you ever wondered what's going on inside the ambulance screaming past you during your rush-hour commute? Since 2003, Tom Reynolds (writing under an alias so as not to get sacked from his job), has kept a blog where he chronicles the day-in, day-out realities of his life on the job as an EMT with the London Ambulance Service.
Annotation:In this dramatic account of one man's experience as an EMT, Peter Canning relives the nerve-racking seconds that can mean the difference between a patient's death and survival, as Canning struggles to make the right call, dispense the right medication, or keep a patient's heart beating long enough to reach the hospital.
Annotation:This novel, follows the life of a young paramedic, Frank Pierce, who works in the desperate neighborhood of New York's Hell's Kitchen. In this fast-paced work, Frank and a variety of peculiar partners race from episode to episode in his ambulance, as the riveting course of events displays a sordid and, at times, absurd side to human injury and the people involved in saving lives. Ironically, as Frank frantically tries to capture this high every day, his personal life is left in shambles.
Annotation:Paramedic Lauren Yates stumbles into a world of trouble the night she discovers a dead man in an inner city alley, for the killer lurks nearby. When the murderer threatens to make her life hell if she tells the police, she believes him – he's Thomas Werner, her sister's ex, and a very bad man indeed.