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The pandemic continues to rage worldwide – with the loss of human life in the U.S. alone surpassing 800,000 in less than 24 months.
But the heroism and devotion of U.S. healthcare workers stand strong. Despite burnout. Despite assaults by virus-deniers, anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers. Despite purveyors of misinformation that have hobbled our nation’s recovery.
In this anthology, 26 poets and essayists—physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, private caregivers, holistic practitioners, medical school students, and a hospital chaplain—share their personal experiences tending to patients, dealing with loss, uncertainty, grief, and isolation, surviving in a world turned topsy-turvy by a once-in-a-century pandemic. Surviving through resilience, selflessness, and the eternal flame of hope.
One Day on the Gold Line | A Memoir in Essays
Award-winning author Carla Sameth leverages her unique identity—a Jewish queer single mother of a biracial (Black and Jewish) son--to build a memoir in linked essays that is brave, heartwarming, incisive, and riveting. Her overarching dream of being a good mother and creating a perfect family takes her on adventures and misadventures that challenge her convictions as she navigates a life defined by circumstance and choices she can’t always control. Life’s vicissitudes--countless miscarriages, unblended family, the hurtfulness of racism and prejudice, economic hardships, her teenage son's struggle with drugs, social injustice as experienced firsthand by her and her son--test her dreams and her resolve to prevail. Sameth has us cheering in her corner as we swing from crisis to crisis with her, sometimes finding dark humor in situations, but always finding unflagging, unconditional love and devotion in her story.