The Life of “P”: A Memoir of a Mother and a Nurse by Lee Rice

The Life of “P” is the memoir of a mother and a nurse—an unsung hero from a small town in Virginia’s historic Northern Neck whose personal struggles, courage and heroic sacrifice should be remembered. With a keen sense of literary and social history, author Lee Rice paints a vivid picture of her nearly nine decades of life that witnessed dramatic global events—from two world wars, the Great Depression, space exploration, to the Iraq war and 9/11.

This story also chronicles the romantic steamboat era, memorable local historic events, a river-based traveling theater, nurses who worked tirelessly for $1.35 per hour, and includes vivid descriptions of the natural beauty of the Northern Neck.

About the Author

Lee Rice holds a BA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Humanities from the University of Richmond. Mr. Rice lived in his beloved Northern Neck from 1941 to 1957 and is a frequent visitor to the region. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Connie.

Praise for The Life of “P” 

“Author Lee Rice creates an 89-year timeline that begins with the birth of his mother, Julia Norris, during World War I in Westmoreland County Virginia, and ends with her death as American troops battle insurgents in Iraq in the fall of 2004…. Mr. Rice demonstrates that his mother fits the definition of a hero who made great sacrifices for her children and medical patients during her nearly nine decades of life. I highly recommend this book.”      -Leslie Kasmir on