Ghetto Medic continues to receive praise!

“Bill Hennick is an unsung hero in the history of Baltimore and in the battle against racism and segregation in the South . . . [A] remarkable story . . . vividly told.”

—Lee Gutkind, Author and Editor, Creative Nonfiction Magazine

“If H. L. Mencken were here he would say, ‘go out immediately and buy a copy of Ghetto Medic,’ for nobody knew more than Mencken about story telling, language refinement, or the city of Baltimore . . . This book is an absorbing tale, beautifully written.”

—Dennis Smith, author of the bestseller Report From Engine Co. 82

“Simply a great American story. It’s not about race. It’s about humanity.”

—Mark Cottman, Artist and Poet

These are just a few of the praises being sung for Rachel Hennick’s Ghetto Medic. BrickHouse Books has been proud and honored to experience this work’s success, and you can learn more about  Hennick and her captivating story by clicking the image below!

Baltimore Sun Ad Mark Cottman copy

 

Calling Ghetto Medic readers–past and future

If you’ve read Rachel Hennick’s Ghetto Medic, you already know how interesting the true story is. Please consider helping Rachel and BhB get the word out to others.

Rachel reports, “GM now has 12 Amazon customer reviews. Apparently, if you have 18 customer reviews, one of the Amazon marketing websites will consider offering free promotion. I’ve put out a call to friends I know who have read GM to post a review on Amazon. If you think of anyone who might want to write a few words about GM on Amazon (students, friends, an intern, or someone close to you who wouldn’t mind doing it) it will help. As long as they’ve read the book they can post a review.”

See what others are saying about Ghetto Medic on Amazon. Or order a copy and check it out for yourself!

Ghetto Medic launch and upcoming events

“My father’s heart has always been in West Baltimore.  It’s where he worked, lived, slept and ate.  To him, West Baltimoreans are his other family.  My father and I share a dream that this book might somehow make a difference.”

Podcast

In case you missed the launch of Ghetto Medic, here’s a link to an audio recording of Rachel Hennick’s talk at the Pratt Central Library.

Rachel Hennick spent 10 years documenting her father Bill Hennick’s experiences working as a paramedic and firefighter, predominantly on Baltimore’s West Side, from the height of the civil rights movement to the 1990s.

“These were my bedtime stories—that is when Dad wasn’t out protecting people and property in some of Baltimore’s poorest districts,” Rachel says.

Rachel hopes that Ghetto Medic will pay tribute to her father’s life, the history of African American firefighters, and the historical legacy of the West Side.

Upcoming Events

It’s not too late to meet the author (and her father!) in person and get yourself a signed copy:

(7/19) Rachel and her father Bill will be at the Firehouse Expo with Firefighters Bookstore on Thursday, July 19 from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm to sign books and answer questions.

(7/20) The author and her father will be signing books on Friday, July 20 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Barnes and Noble, Power Plant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

(7/26) The author and her father will be signing books at the Barnes and Noble, downtown Philadelphia on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street.

(8/4) The author and her father will be signing books on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville.

(8/11) The author and her father will be signing books Saturday, August 11 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Greetings and Readings Hunt Valley.

 

“It takes more than a badge to be a paramedic and firefighter in Baltimore,” author says

Rachel Hennick spent ten years documenting her father Bill Hennick’s experiences working as a paramedic and firefighter predominantly in Baltimore’s westside from the height of the civil rights movement to the 1990s.  Her biographical memoir Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ‘Hood published by BrickHouse Books (250 pgs. $22.00), available from major booksellers, includes previously undisclosed scenes from the race riots, the attempted assassination of Mayor Schaefer, The Beethoven Apartments’ inferno and more.

“These were my bedtime stories—that is when Dad wasn’t out protecting people and property in some of Baltimore’s poorest districts,” Rachel says.

Local artist Mark Cottman’s painting illustrating Bill’s career appears on the cover of Ghetto Medic, and the book has received advance praise internationally.  Bestselling author and founder of Firehouse Magazine Dennis Smith says, “If H.L. Mencken were here, he would say go out immediately and buy a copy of Ghetto Medic.”

In a climatic chapter, a dramatic rescue effort is performed by firefighters from the famed Steadman “Superhouse,” the busiest fire station in America today

Rachel hopes that Ghetto Medic will pay tribute to her father’s life, African-American firefighter history and the historical legacy of the westside:  “My father’s heart has always been in West Baltimore.  It’s where he worked, lived, slept and ate.  To him, West Baltimoreans are his other family.  My father and I share a dream that this book might somehow make a difference.”

Ghetto Medic, her first book, will be launched Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in The Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch’s Edgar Allan Poe Room, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore.

Other Events:

(7/14) A launch party is being held at the Minas Gallery in Hampden on Saturday, July 14 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

(7/19) Rachel Hennick and her father Bill Hennick will be at the Firehouse Expo with Firefighters Bookstore on Thursday, July 19 from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm to sign books and answer questions.

(7/20) The author and her father will be signing books on Friday, July 20th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Barnes and Noble, Power Plant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

(7/26) The author and her father will be signing books at the Barnes and Noble, downtown Philadelphia on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street.

(8/4) The author and her father will be signing books on Saturday, August 4th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville.

(8/11) The author and her father will be signing books Saturday, August 11th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Greetings and Readings Hunt Valley.

About the Author

Rachel holds a PhD in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Adelaide (2009), a B.S., in Business and Writing from Stevenson University (2002), and an A.A. Degree, Communication Arts from Stevenson University (1990).  In 2004, she was awarded the Arts South Australia prize for creative writing and an International Scholarship.  Her short stories have appeared in the literary journal Island, The Australian Women’s Book Review and on Radio Adelaide’s Arts Breakfast.