An engrossing—if sometimes disturbingly graphic—story of the author's evolution from a newly minted MD to an expert trauma...

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TRAUMA

MY LIFE AS AN EMERGENCY SURGEON

A candid look at the life of a trauma surgeon who has served as a reserve officer with the US Special Operations Command, as well as the urban trenches of the United States.

After 20 years on the job, Cole explains why he considers himself privileged to work in such a demanding career. He writes that “trauma surgeons…thrive on taking patients who are dying in a dramatic fashion and exhaust their own energies to give their patients the chance to live.” His patients have ranged from the elite to the homeless, from soldiers to drug-pushers and from the youngest to the elderly, all of whom received his best efforts as a surgeon. Despite his commitment to giving his best to every patient, he admits that only after suffering the miserable experience of providing emergency front-line care under conditions of desert warfare in Iraq could he connect emotionally with the lives of “social derelicts, deviants and bums.” His training as a resident surgeon was grueling—continuously on-call, sleep-derived, taking meals on the run and even once spending 26 consecutive hours in the operating room treating an elderly diabetic with damaged arteries. A high point came when he assisted in brain surgery on a 4-year-old who had been shot while playing on the street. It looked like a hopeless situation, but a year later, smiling and alert, the boy walked into the hospital with his mother to thank the doctors. Cole provides a satisfying bird’s-eye view of operations in progress, revealing the difficult split-second, life-or-death decisions that surgeons must make.

An engrossing—if sometimes disturbingly graphic—story of the author's evolution from a newly minted MD to an expert trauma surgeon.

Pub Date: Oct. 11, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-312-55222-0

Page Count: 320

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: July 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2011

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    

 

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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