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A Final Arc of Sky

A Memoir of Critical Care

Jennifer Culkin



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Beacon Press
01 September 2018
A critical care and emergency flight nurse, Jennifer Culkin is no stranger to death and its dramas, or the urgency that accompanies them. Her memoir plunges us into the chaos of emergency medicine at all altitudes, masterfully reflecting on the most pivotal moments of our lives and the beautiful fragility of our mortality.
By:   Jennifer Culkin
Imprint:   Beacon Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9780807073292
ISBN 10:   0807073296
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   01 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction Why Watch Birds in Indiana? Observe with a Strategy; Tips for Identifying Birds Bird Basics Bird Color Variables Molting Bird Nests Who Builds the Nest? Fledging Why Birds Migrate How Do Birds Migrate? How to Use This Guide Range Maps Sample Page The Birds Black Black and White Blue Brown Gray Green Orange Red White Yellow Helpful Resources Checklist/Index About the Author

Jennifer Culkin, winner of a 2008 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, is a writer and longtime neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care nurse. A graduate of Russell Sage College and the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, her work has appeared in many literary magazines and inThe Jack Straw Writers Anthology 2006.

Reviews for A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care

In this compelling memoir, her moving reflections on life and death interweave clinical encounters with her own life. . . . Culkin sees herself and others clearly, and poetic juxtapositions make her sentences soar.--Publishers Weekly A marvelous writer, mixing tragedy and reflection with luminous prose . . . We are privileged to share her passion and heartbreak. --Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Talker With its perfect capture of the fragility of life and our vulnerable human bodies and bonds, A Final Arc of Sky . . . is a disturbing, powerful read. --Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Rarely have we heard from such an eloquent yet urgent voice from the front lines of mortality. . . . Culkin writes with elegiac grace and unblinking honesty. --Robin Hemley, author of Invented Eden Absorbing . . . This former neonatal and pediatric intensive-care nurse has vivid memories of the tiny patients whose lives were in her hands, and she writes of them with warmth and clarity. . . . Powerful and lucid . . . The risks of being an emergency flight nurse-night flights, bad weather, human error-come fully alive. . . . Enthralling. --Kirkus Reviews With her electrifying scenes, her gorgeous sentences, and her provocative explorations of the borderland between life and death, Culkin engaged my heart, my intellect, my artistic sensibility, and my adrenaline. --Ann Pancake, author of Strange as This Weather Has Been I loved the stories, the language, the point of view, but what I loved most was the way this book was able to break my heart--then mend it. --Judith Kitchen, author of Distance and Direction

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