William B. Patrick
  • The Call of Nursing
    The Call of Nursing:

    The Call of Nursing is not your typical book about nurses. In its twenty-three candid self-portraits, it captures an inside view of a profession that hides in plain sight, taking us behind the curtain of silence that often hangs between us — the patients who rely on the healthcare system.

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  • Saving Troy
    Saving Troy:
    A year with firefighters and paramedics in a battered city

    Saving Troy is a compelling and unique chronicle of a year that William B. Patrick spent riding along with professional firefighters and paramedics in the down-at-the-heels, rust-belt city where he grew up. Shadowing members of the Troy Fire Department’s 1st Platoon...

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  • Courageous learning
    Courageous learning:
    Finding a new path through higher education

    Courageous Learning assesses the current state of adult education in America, profiles a variety of adult-serving institutions, and offers practical information for adults who want to earn higher education degrees. It includes autobiographical self-portraits of adult learners who have not only...

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  • We Didn't Come Here for This
    We Didn’t Come
    Here for This

    We Didn’t Come Here for This, a memoir in poetry, is told in the voices of the primary participants: the poet as a child at different ages and as an omniscient narrator; his father, Jim; and his mother, Betty. In his Foreword to the book, Fred Chappell opens, "Jim and Betty were married in 1946. He had just returned from the...

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  • These Upraised Hands
    These Upraised Hands

    These Upraised Hands is a book of haunting vocal portraits: drawn from historical diaries and letters, memoirs, news stories, and personal experiences, these dramatic monologues and poetic narratives tell intricate, painful, and loving stories of our past and present on the North American continent. Fred Chappell said, "The real world is not presented in...

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  • Roxa

    On March 25, 1849, Amelia Culver, the thirteen-year-old daughter of Jon and Margaret Culver, sits at a small table in the cold bedroom she shares with her younger sister, Roxa, and records in her diary that a flicker shattered their kitchen window that morning. This diary entry offers us the first of eight separate voices that alternate and interweave...

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