Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey
A Memoir by Bud Shaw
Plume. September 15, 2015
Paperback Original, $16.00
A pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields.
“This is just about the best book about surgery and a surgeon I have ever read—by surgeon or civilian alike. It is warm, honest, straightforward, sad, amusing and compelling from beginning to end.” —Lee Gutkind
“Shaw’s lean prose offers insights into medical professionals’ private perspectives as well as a sobering sense of human fragility and the scientific strides taken to counter it. A bracing, unusual personal narrative that should appeal to aspiring physicians as well as to those considering the ”big questions“ around high-risk surgery.” --Kirkus
“An eye-opening perspective on the human condition and an eloquent contribution to our dialogue about what care is, and why we should care.” —Janet Burroway, author of Raw Silk
The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient’s husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a twenty-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, too, like growing up in rural Ohio, and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER.
An exhilarating, fast-paced, and beautifully written memoir, Last Night in the OR will captivate readers with its courage, intimacy, and honesty.
Bud Shaw, MD, lives and writes north of Omaha, with his wife, novelist Rebecca Rotert.
An Op-Ed ran in the 9/6/2015 New York Times, print and online, featuring Bud and the book. You can read it here. And watch a trailer for the book below. Feel free to share these resources with your customers and colleagues using the hashtag #LastNightintheOR.
North Woods Girl
A Picture Book by Aimee Bissonette
Illustrated by Claudia McGehee
Minnesota Historical Society Press
October 1, 2015. $16.95
Whether hearing wood frogs peep, choosing the finest skipping stone, observing squirrels gathering nuts, or inhaling crisp, cold air, a hike through Grandma's woods engages all the senses.
"When Grandma tucks her pants into her oversized boots and grabs her walking stick, I run to catch up," reports a young girl charmed by her visits to Grandma's north woods home. Their walks take them through the seasons, to a pond with a downed tree just right for sitting, to a garden lush with tomatoes ready for canning, through a snowy nighttime woods where the only sounds are the squeak of boots on snow and the hooting of a distant owl. Whatever the month, there are plenty of woodland critters to observe: squirrels or rabbits or deer, geese or goldeneyes or mergansers. The forest of North Woods Girl is an active, populated place, brought to life by Claudia McGehee's colorful scratchboard artistry.
Time with Grandma teaches about quiet observation, generous sharing of resources, the beauty of the forest and pond at any hour. Grandma is the quintessential north woods girl, breathing deep the piney scents, relishing the chirping activity of her animal neighbors. Small wonder that her admiring granddaughter is inspired to follow in her footsteps. With a tale as understated as Grandma herself, Aimée Bissonette shares a message of appreciating the treasures of our natural surroundings.
Sun and Moon
A Picture Book by Lindsey Yankey
Simply Read Books
April 15, 2015. $16.95
Sun and Moon have always held their own places in the sky, but after a lifetime of darkness all Moon wants is to spend just one day as Sun. But will Moon still wish to trade Sun places in the sky after carefully studying his night? Or will he realize the beauty of what he already has?
“Lindsey Yankey's stunning illustrations call to mind batik patterns and colors in this folktale-like story of Moon, who wishes to spend "just one day" as the sun…Yankey's gentle message suggests that when we pay attention, our daily routines take on new meaning.” ~ Shelf Awareness
"Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey is a beautiful reminder to children and adults alike that, if we look at them closely, our own lives hold far more delight and surprise than we ever imagined. When the moon envies the sun’s view and begs to trade places, the sun asks the moon to look spend one more night looking closely at the earth before they seal the agreement. When moon obeys, the world magically reveals itself, and moon realizes it is just what and where it should be. Yankey’s exquisite and detailed illustrations reveal new things with each viewing."
~ Kelly Barth, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kansas
"Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey is one of those books that young children will want to hear and look at again and again and that parents will enjoy reading and sharing with them. For children who are a little apprehensive about the dark, Yankey provides some good reasons, in both words and pictures, to appreciate the dark night and its beauty. Yankey also provides a subtle message about the importance of really looking at and appreciating what you have rather than coveting what someone else has. Share Sun and Moon with your children as both a bedtime and an anytime story." ~About.com, Elizabeth Kennedy, Children's Books Expert (5 stars review)
This beautifully illustrated children’s book begins with the moon wanting to trade places with the sun for just one day. But as lush images of poppies blossoming in the sun are juxtaposed with baobab trees blossoming in the moonlight, and children playing in the sun in the daytime then dreaming in the nighttime, Moon is reminded of all the wonderful things he gets to experience each night. Eventually, under amazingly bright fireworks, Moon realizes he would not want to give up any of his nocturnal experiences for even one day. A sweet story of appreciating what one has is brought to life through Yankey’s incredible artwork. Using a mix of oil paint and watercolor, linoleum block print and collage, , she fills each page with details children will keep discovering with each read." ~ Rebekah Rine, Watermark Books
Sun and Moon have always held their own places in the sky, but after a lifetime of darkness Moon wants to trade. Sun agrees, but only if first Moon takes a careful look at his night, before making his final decision. Follow Moon as he travels through the dark discovering enchanting animals and scenes unique to the nighttime, foxes hunting, children dreaming, lamplighters, and fireflies. Will Moon still wish to change places in the sky? Or will he realize the beauty of what he already has? Fine details amidst bright bold mixed-media illustrations will capture readers of all ages in this story of discovery and appreciation.
Lindsey Yankey grew up in rural Kansas, playing outside with her sister and giant little brother. When she was inside she spent time meticulously drawing with colored pencils and oil pastels. She later earned a BFA with and emphasis in Illustration from The University of Kansas in 2009. Since then Lindsey has spent time traveling and starting her career as a children's book illustrator and author. Bluebird was her first children's book in English and was preceded by In cerca del vento, the Italian edition. In cerca del vento earned a mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima. She has also illustrated a collection of short stories by E. Nesbit titled Melisenda e altre storie da non credere. Her illustrations are created through a variety of materials. Some of her favorites include oil paint, watercolor, found paper, and linoleum block. She strives to create books that all children, as well as grown ups who were once children, can enjoy. Lindsey currently lives in Lawrence, KS with her husband, cat, dog, and their jungle of houseplants.