Time to look at the books I added to my shelves this week with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews! Not necessarily books I bought - also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks I don't buy any books I'll scramble around my shelves and find some I haven't shared in an StS post yet!
Alphabetique - Molly Peacock
Sweetland - Michael Crummey
The Moment of Everything - Shelly King
Hold the Dark - William Giraldi
In Case of Emergency - Courtney Moreno
The Blazing World - Siri Hustvedt
I'm particularly excited to read In Case of Emergency, which is about an EMT who struggles to manage the trauma she has dealt with in her past and continues to encounter every day of her professional life.
I find the stories of those who work in high-pressure, potentially traumatic fields like law enforcement, medical emergency response, and fire fighting fascinating. I think we all do. These are the people we rely on to keep us safe, protect our homes and save our lives. They are underpaid, overworked and spend their days dealing with and witnessing some of the most dangerous and emotionally traumatizing events in the human experience. And yet, for whatever reason, they continue to do their jobs and put their own welfare (physical and emotional) in jeopardy for the good of the communities they serve.
Right now I'm reading Newjack by Ted Conover, which is a first-hand account of becoming and being a corrections officer at Sing Sing, and it has me craving similarly well-written accounts of real-life extremes.
What about you guys? What did you pick up or pull off the shelf this week?