Beautifully Written. Precise Language Choices. Honest Storytelling. Ms. Watson Can Write.
"The Language of Kindness" is that rare memoir that makes one wonder why the literary community fawns over Karl Ove Knausgaard and Elena Ferrante. Literature is a church. It is found not when a few gather to worship but when writing craft meets narrative truth.
My wife is a nurse. Not only a nurse, but a nurse of great competence. She elicits one's trust in seconds. I am not biased. These are things others say about her. She scored well for her MCAT. But time and even prevented her from attending Medical School. In this, her patients have lucked out. I bought this memoir for her. She adored it. Then I discovered this tidy, specific book, one that does a fair job even of explicating the accomplishments of a certain Miss Nightengals, who in a real way set the parameters of this too overlooked profession.
Nursing truly is a calling. There are important, no, vital members of the healthcare community. The smart ones save your lives from inexperienced residents and narcissistic doctors all the time -- and my wife would be among the first to point out that many, especially in Los Angeles or the DC Metro area -- are extremely talented. My wife is a cardio-thoracic ICU nurse. But she has served across the board, and from PACU to NICU to the ER, she has seen it all, and Christie Watson has shed light on much of it, from showing the line of possible career realities that led her to her calling to providing one with a fine set of scenes that tell the story of one man's struggle with mental illness, to the glories Ms. Watson has known in midwifery. Fine, fine work. Godspeed. Read it if you have never contemplated the field. This, especially, is the sort of reading in which I learn something - while being gripped by the story told.
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing (3 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784706884
- ISBN-13: 978-1784706883
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)