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'Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives'

By Pamela Grim, M.D.

Warner Books, $23.95

Fans of the popular TV show, "ER," are sure to like this book, subtitled, "Tales of Life and Death from the ER." Those who wonder how difficult it is to be on the front lines of medicine — treating gunshot victims, delivering babies, comforting the dying, dealing constantly with trauma — will come closer to an understanding after reading this book.

After graduating from medical school, Pamela Grim completed an emergency medical residency at the University of Chicago. Since that time she has worked as an emergency medical physician at various hospitals, besides being a physician in war-torn Bosnia, Haiti and Nigeria.

She says, "I have played trauma doctor, social worker, breaker of bad news, heart-failure doctor, Band-Aid placer, substance-abuse counselor, frontline medic, post traumatic-stress victim and a thousand other roles." — Dennis Lythgoe

'To Love this Life'

Quotations by Helen Keller

American Foundation of the Blind, $21.95

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the legendary Helen Keller's birth, the American Foundation of the Blind has published a collection of her quotations. Many of them have been taken from previously unpublished letters and speeches in the Helen Keller Archives.

Some of them:

"The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination."

"The attempt to suppress an idea has always and everywhere proved a failure."

"He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress."

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face."

"If we can travel on the road we like, let us not sit down by the way. Let us look round about for the detour, which may turn out to be more interesting than the highway, and sometimes proves the shortest way home." — Dennis Lythgoe

'Til Debt Do Us Part'

By Dr. Bernard E. Poduska

Shadow Mountain, $15.95

This practical guide, from the experiences of a marriage and family therapist who has helped hundreds organize their finances, is aimed at teaching married people "how to share the same checkbook and still be married."

Number crunching, says Poduska, "can tell you only where the money has gone — it cannot tell you why it has gone. Likewise, the most practical computer-generated budget won't last a month if the person who created it failed to consider the needs and feelings of those who are asked to live with it."

The author, who lives in Provo, argues that relationships are more important than budgeting, then offers 10 principles to successful financial thinking and behavior. — Dennis Lythgoe