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The Beauty in Breaking

The Beauty in Breaking

A Memoir

Book - 2020
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"A series of connected personal stories drawn from the author's life and work as an ER doctor that explores how we are all broken--physically, emotionally, and psychically--and what we can do to heal ourselves as we try to heal others"-- Provided by publisher.
Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in an abusive family, she went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia, when he told her he couldn't move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman. In the ensuing years, as Harper learned to become an effective ER physician, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she came to understand that each of us is broken--physically, emotionally, psychically. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2020]
ISBN: 9780525537380
0525537384
Branch Call Number: 616.028092 H233B 2020
Characteristics: xiv, 284 pages ; 21 cm

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sidneyritchie
Feb 16, 2021

er doc and what he learned

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lilypad_1
Nov 14, 2020

A lovely memoir that focuses more on her journey to healing than the abuse. She also gives us inside look at how poverty, systemic racism and lack of health care bring people down and keep them down and ideas how to problem solve. I do yoga and meditation too so loved that her journey included these practices.

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laphampeak
Oct 31, 2020

In order to overcome our past physical and emotional pain Harper, through her experience as an ER doc, inspires us to come from a place of compassion. We can learn to observe with empathy and discernment once our veil of blame and self punishment is lifted. The reader is encouraged to re-evaluate our outlook on events as we work to face our demons.

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carolwu96
Oct 24, 2020

Michele Harper, a @harvard alumna and emergency room medic, seems to have attained all the accomplishments one could wish for. However, less is known of her traumatic childhood with an abusive father and a passive mother, her unexpected divorce, and her long journey in emotional recuperation. ⁣

In this memoir, Harper discusses a number of cases she has witnessed in the ER, shedding light on the government’s failure to medically protect its citizens as well as the society’s continuously egregious racism and sexism, especially towards women of color in elite institutions and industries. ⁣

My favorite moments in the book are those at which Harper encounters an incident that seems to provide the perfect enlightenment to a long-standing predicament. Those often occur in my own life too, as if the stars have aligned and the universe is sending out a clear message that directs the thought to a previously unconsidered passageway. However, I also suspect that these occurrences have always been part of the “background noise,” and it is only when we allow our hearts to make such connections that we become illuminated. ⁣

Harper is definitely a role model for ambitious young women of color. As she reconciles with her trauma and pain, it becomes evident that one cannot only succeed as a colored female leader, but also soothe the memories that had once haunted a child’s worst nightmares. ⁣

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sjanke2
Aug 29, 2020

There have been many medical memoirs published over the last few years, such as When Breath Becomes Air and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. This memoir is unique with a useful premise: Dr. Michelle Harper, a Black woman, uses each chapter to introduce us to an emergency room case, and the subsequent life lesson she gleaned from treating that patient. Nicole Lewis does a fabulous job narrating the audiobook.

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krsbozo
Aug 16, 2020

An interesting story from an African American woman and her life as a doctor in the ER and various administrative positions in hospitals. She is quite open about her experiences there with misogyny and racism. She also talks openly about her family life: her father was physically abusive to her mother and brother. The author also speaks openly about her own relationships, which include a painful divorce. She is an amazing women to have done so much with her life given the odds and difficulties.

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Aherrin52
Jul 12, 2020

can we get as an ebook? PLEEEEAASEEEEE

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