Tag Archives: Book Reviews

“Game of Fire” by DeShon and Haff for FireRescue Magazine

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Jennifer DeShon and I wrote a piece for Fire Rescue Magazine about My Lost Brothers by Brendan McDonough and his account of being the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Crew that perished in 2013 when a brutal wildland fire claimed 19 men. This was an exciting, fascinating, and incredibly tragic story about a lost young […]

Trigger Warning

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“There are things that upset us. That’s not quite what we’re talking about here, though. I’m thinking rather about those images or words or ideas that drop like trapdoors beneath us, throwing us out of our safe, sane world into a place much more dark and less welcoming. Our hearts skip a ratatat drumbeat in […]

Station Ready Rookie

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The Station Ready Rookie; Firefighter Preparation Beyond the State Skills Test is a slender gem of a book.  Simple.  Concise.  Direct.  And yet it is chockfull of wisdom and common sense.  It lays out practices essential for anyone who wants to excel in the fire service.  If firefighting is just a paycheck and an ego […]

Free Book Giveaway for Smokejumper by Jason Ramos –ends August 18th!

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I was super excited when I was offered a free copy of Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters with the request that I review it and give a copy away.  And then I was even more excited when it turned out that I loved the book!  That review was easy to write and […]

Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters

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I absolutely loved this book. Smokejumper by Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith is a whip fast, fun, and fascinating read. It is also, at times, deeply sad. As a firefighter myself, I’ve always been intrigued by smokejumpers–the fittest and most elite of wildland firefighters. Not only do they parachute out of planes to get […]

Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool

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Nerve is an entertaining and fascinating read.  Taylor Clark is able to distill scientific research and convey it with a storyteller’s flourish.   Here’s the publisher’s description: Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. . . . It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone […]

Pride of Baghdad

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Pride of Baghdad is about a family of four lions who escape the Baghdad Zoo during the American bombing of Iraq. Safa, an older female was once free but prefers a life of captivity and the security and food it provides. She feels loyalty to the keepers. Noor, mother of the cub Ali, wants to […]

Provinces of Night

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William Gay was the son of a sharecropper from Tennessee with an ear for language and love of literature. A blue-collar worker with the soul of a poet, Gay read Thomas Wolfe, Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor when he wasn’t painting houses or hanging drywall.  Although he wrote for most of his life, his work […]

Blood & Fire: Vendetta by K.M. Bozarth

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Blood & Fire: Vendetta by Firefighter K.M. Bozarth is a rip roaring read.  It’s about Sam, a rookie female firefighter learning to survive on the job, emotionally and physically, while holding her young marriage together.  On duty, Sam struggles to prove herself and gain acceptance from the guys, which doesn’t come easy.  At home, she tries […]

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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  Lean In was an illuminating and sometimes uncomfortable read as Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer for Facebook and one of the most successful female executives in the world, describes the ways in which women hold themselves back.  I listened, sometimes with growing discomfort, as I realized I had done some of the very things she […]

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