Tonawanda News — The book and its authors won a nod of approval from another mentor, Lewiston author Norah Perez, who has written a variety of successful historical novels including “River Burning,” about the War of 1812.
“I really loved it,” said Perez, who purchased the book at a signing at the Lewiston Library and then read it straight through in one sitting.
“When I read how Maureen Weber gave her first patient a sponge bath — a lengthy, complicated procedure since the patient was annoyingly uncooperative — without realizing the patient was dead, it made me almost fall out of my chair laughing,” Perez said about “Have Mercy.”
It was Perez who had originally met Weber at a writing seminar and directed her and her fellow authors to Giannetti, who is also a poet and author. He guided the three women through the self-publication process.
Giannetti said each woman brought something different to the work.
“Mary was good at setting the stage of what life was like in the 50s and 60s. Mo just had a photographic memory for all the incidents that occurred, and ‘Mummie’ (Ott) was the subject of many of the stories. She was the cut-up,” he said.
The resulting book, now for sale at Bob’s Books and on Amazon.com, was wrapped up and presented to each of their classmates at their recent reunion. As the classmates unwrapped the gift, “you could hear a pin drop,” recalled Weber. “Then you could hear the whispering, ‘oh, my God, they wrote a book.’ “
It was all there within the pages — tales of enduring friendships, life lessons and the fun shared between young women being deeply challenged to learn and grow. The authors hope their tales will enlighten young nurses preparing to go into the profession today, and plan to use any proceeds to fund a nursing scholarship.