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Book Reviews of Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir

Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir
Heart in the Right Place A Memoir
Author: Carolyn Jourdan
ISBN-13: 9781565124875
ISBN-10: 1565124871
Publication Date: 5/24/2007
Pages: 304
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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lildrafire avatar reviewed Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir on + 117 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Carolyn Jourdan's amusing but poignant spiritual journey into what is really most important in life does not disappoint. Jourdan comes back home to rural Tennessee from her prestigious job in Washington, DC to help her father, a doctor, while her mother, his receptionist, recuperates from an illness. Her descriptions of the parade of eccentric but lovable characters through her father's small country medical practice leave the reader completely absorbed into the story and wanting more. By the end of the story a realization sets in--success is not measured by fame, money, or location of residence--but by the small, although significant, differences for the better we make in other's lives.

Disclosure: This book was given to the reader by the publisher/author in exchange for an objective review.
DebbieinMaine avatar reviewed Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir on + 110 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is a wonderful story about smalltown life. There are many funny medical "binds" that folks get themselves into, very entertaining. A homecoming story that rings true without all the "pat answers" found in fiction books. Nice memoir.
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this a lovely book of anecdotes about the life of a small-town doctor and the fascinating characters he serves. To make it even more interesting, it's told from the standpoint of his high-flying daughter, who leaves her job as a lawyer with the Federal Government to help in his office in an emergency. The daughter's love for her parents and for the whole community is one of the main attractions of the book, which is in turn touching and funny. Good book!
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A lovely heart warming story. Reminds me of the wonderful James Herriot books.
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Carolyn Jourdan had it all: the Mercedes Benz, the fancy soirees, the best clothes. She moved in the most exclusive circles in Washington, D.C., rubbed elbows with big politicians, and worked on Capitol Hill. As far as she was concerned, she was changing the world.

And then her mother had a heart attack. Carolyn came home to help her father with his rural medical practice in the Tennessee mountains. She'd fill in for a few days as the receptionist until her mother could return to work. Or so she thought. But days turned into weeks.

Her job now included following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; distinguishing between a "pain," a "strain," and a "sprain" on indecipherable Medicare forms; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits were never billed.

Eventually, Jourdan gave up her Mercedes and made do with a twenty-year-old postal jeep. She shed her suits for scrubs. And the funny thing was, she liked her new life. As she watched her father work tirelessly and uncomplainingly, she saw what making a difference really meant: being on call all hours of the day and night, tolerating the local drug addict's frequent phone calls, truly listening to Miss Hiawatha. It meant just showing up, every day, and taking care of every person in Strawberry Plains and beyond, whether he got paid to do it or not. And for his daughter, it meant learning that her real place to change the world was right hereâin her hometownâby her father's side.
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