‘Notes’ is the ‘Shawshank Redemption’ of this multi-talented registered nurse, grown-ass woman, subject not object, one, Adrienne Zurub! (Though not centered on any murderous wrongdoing!) “Everything that is important is invisible” is a quote within the book that buttresses the impetus and prevailing theme within this book and its stories. Themes of invisibility, self-negation, obsession, and sexism amongst others (patient advocacy, stand up comedy, theater, etc.) are played out, and evolved in the arena of cardiothoracic surgery, at a world renowned open heart facility. Essentially and philosophically we choose our respective battlegrounds.
It is no coincidence, maybe divine intervention, or fate if you will, that Ms. Zurub plays out her existential search for self, identity, and the definition of herself in her worlds, and others, in a surgical setting, whereby the diseased and the cancerous are excised routinely, and arteries are bypassed. This book with the precision of Occam’s razor effectively parallels the author’s mission in excising layers of self doubt, perceptions of inferiority, invisibility, and longing. ‘Notes’ gratefully distances itself from the television sitcom induced vision of OR’s, surgeons, nurses and all the people that treat you and I as patients, friends, and colleagues.
Within this insular environment where the ‘masking procedure’ is ritualistically performed to protect oneself, this ‘masking’ also serves as the book demonstrates with loud and quiet attention, to allow its denizens to hide from the foibles and weaknesses of themselves, Ms. Zurub included. The authors’ ability to ‘read’ people, an innate talent she possessed as a child is heighten in this covert setting.
The journey of Adrienne Zurub
suggests a more urbane provenance than her as an eleven year-old grrl with
incredible ambition, the oldest of nine children, in a small ‘junk’ room, in a
modest home on a village of a street in
Cleveland, Ohio. As this precocious child, she uses collages, hung on the wall at the end of her bed, to bring the disparate elements of her life together as well as serving as a talisman to her future selves.
“Fucking cunt” “Bitch!” “You’re too stupid to forage for food!” “Did the nerve gas get to you!!” These are expressions you would expect to hear on dirty urban streets, yet these insults and others marked the environment that Adrienne Zurub, as a registered nurse on the prestigious Cleveland Clinic open heart team, heard sprinkled freely in regards to her nursing colleagues (both male and female), residents, and anyone who drew the wrath of angry surgeons! Yet, this book is not about angry surgeons.Notes’ multi-dimensional, multi-functional force is that it delivers insider patient information and advice in its patient advocacy role. It inspires with poignant patient stories and stories of the incredibly average persons who make up this accomplished team. And ‘Notes’ the long awaited ,baby’ of Adrienne Zurub, is a revealing nonfiction work detailing with wit, poignancy and stark attention her very personal search for identity, validation, and self within the context of her world and this environment. The author’s seeking, longing, and connections are most human, and we as readers are privy to the deeply personal without the stench of voyeurism. It becomes safe ‘shared’ learning from the vantage point of close proximity.REVIEWS: 4 the book and me! I am blown away with your ability to draw me into the emotion of your experiences. You've been able to communicate (so beautifully) all the various accompanying emotions that have surrounded the cases you describe. You've captured the agony, the wonder, the humor, the paradoxes and the surreal qualities of being, day-after-day, in an environment that is way outside most people's experiences. --Laurel Durrett Adrienne, you are an iconoclast! --E.Moya, CRNA Very well written! COMPELLING! --Elizabeth, Write-Design SUPERB! --GrownAzzedWoman@MyBlogLog.com You inspire the mind. --Paul Berube I laughed. I cried. It was incredible. I experienced the full range of emotions.--Carolyn Gaines, RN As a fellow writer, I love reading about your countdown to publication. I will buy your book when it comes out! --Charlotte@wordstrumpet.typepad.com You are the most charismatic woman I have ever met! --Naz Aydin, MD She was my angel. She made all the difference.--Kevin (my frightened patient from Hawaii undergoing open heart surgery) Empowered, Strong, Feminine, Inspiring, and multi-talented are just a few of the words that come quickly to mind upon meeting UBU (you be YOU!) Technorati Profile bhref="http://www.authornation.com/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=419">Meet Adrienne Zurub