Author Event: Kevin O'Hara, Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward

One flew east, one flew west, one stayed thirty years in the cuckoo's nest. This is his story.

Kevin O'Hara worked for three decades as a psychiatric nurse at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. There he brought to his patients the same warmth and humor that won him acclaim for his first two memoirs, the beloved Irish travel saga Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, and A Lucky Irish Lad, his precise and witty evocation of growing up as an Irish Catholic immigrant in the 1950s and 60s.Now he tells the stories of the many colorful characters he encountered on the locked ward over all those years, and of the camaraderie of hospital workers. Though intended to be entertaining -- rollicking even - Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward has much to say about changes in the medical profession and mental health treatment over those years.Set within the framework of a transformative week near the end of his career, O'Hara careens freely through the years to tell his story (and those of others) with characteristic energy, unbridled humor, and feeling for detail. Storytelling is the essence, both of the book and of his therapeutic practice.Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward is a celebration of the helping professions, and an implicit exploration of what it means to be human. Darn funny too. Join Nurse Lite and his merry band for a marvelous series of adventures, some happy, some sad, but always moving.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

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Battenkill Books
15 E. Main St.
Cambridge, NY 12816
Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward: My 30 Years as a Psychiatric Nurse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627203968
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Published: Loyola College/Apprentice House - May 1st, 2022

One flew east, one flew west, one stayed thirty years in the cuckoo's nest. This is his story.



Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765309846
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Published: Forge Books - February 1st, 2005

Kevin O'Hara's journey of self-discovery begins as a mad lark: who in their right mind would try to circle the entire coastline of Ireland on foot—and with a donkey and cart no less?


A Lucky Irish Lad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765318046
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Published: Forge Books - February 1st, 2011

Kevin O'Hara recreates his boyhood with these wonderful stories of growing up in Massachusetts in the 1950s and 60s as one of eight children. His parents, born in Ireland, came to this country for their children's sake. His family struggled against grinding poverty but they never gave up and never lost their faith that God had a plan for them.


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