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Author: Michele Harper Narrator: Nicole Lewis Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2020 ISBN: 9780593211618
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The New York Times Bestseller “Riveting, heartbreaking, sometimes difficult, always inspiring.” —The New York Times Book Review As seen/heard on Fresh AirThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Weekend Edition and more An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself. 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 a complicated 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. The Beauty in Breaking is the poignant true story of Harper's journey toward self-healing. Each of the patients Harper writes about taught her something important about recuperation and recovery. How to let go of fear even when the future is murky. How to tell the truth when it's simpler to overlook it. How to understand that compassion isn't the same as justice. As she shines a light on the systemic disenfranchisement of the patients she treats as they struggle to maintain their health and dignity, Harper comes to understand the importance of allowing ourselves to make peace with the past as we draw support from the present. In this hopeful, moving, and beautiful book, she passes along the precious, necessary lessons that she has learned as a daughter, a woman, and a physician. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Taking on the painful topics of trauma, domestic abuse, and the 'ubiquitous microaggressions faced by people of color,' Harper witnesses the resilience of the human spirit of her patients and begins her own process of self-healing...[t]his powerful story will resonate with readers. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Tackling such painful subjects as domestic abuse, trauma, and racism with grace and wisdom, this eloquent book probes the human condition as it chronicles a woman’s ever evolving spiritual journey. A profoundly humane memoir from a thoughtful doctor. Kirkus
  • "A moving, beautifully written memoir. New York Post
  • Inspiring Parade
  • “A book for our times, Harper’s debut is a compelling memoir about her life as a Black woman emergency room doctor and how that work overlaps with the complexities of life. Harper explores hurt and healing, race and gender, justice and hope with candor and compassion. Ms. Magazine
  • In this illuminating memoir, an African American emergency room doctor finds that her patients' stories lead her to make connections between her work and the larger world. Shelf Awareness
  • “Harper’s words inspire hope and understanding of the importance of peace and acceptance of the past. Poignant, helpful, and encouraging, [her] lessons from life in and outside of the emergency room ultimately teach readers how to trust the healing process. Library Journal
  • Riveting, heartbreaking, sometimes difficult, always inspiring. The New York Times Book Review
  • The Beauty in Breaking is a compelling page-turner about how Dr. Michele Harper took a broken childhood and wove herself into a strong, honest, compassionate doctor. A must read. Louann Brizendine, M.D., author of The Female Brain
  • The Beauty in Breaking takes us into the life in an Emergency Room—the drama, the adrenaline, the emotion—with such immediacy that I could not help but be completely enthralled by the individual stories of the patients that Michele Harper treats. But this powerful, poignant page-turner of a book also tells a much larger and universal story about how healing actually happens, not just for broken bodies but for broken hearts and souls. In sharing the stories of her patients and her own life, Harper shows us that that healing begins only after we are broken open ourselves. And she shows us with hopeful, heartbreaking clarity that it comes from healing each other. Kerry Egan, author of On Living
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Women's Personal Spiritual Growth
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
  • New York Times bestseller
  • An iBooks bestseller in Biographies & Memoirs

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendall | 9/7/2020

    " I enjoyed Dr. Michele Harper’s story for a couple of reasons. First, I am a psychologist who teaches medical education to resident physicians. Second, I love memoirs and value people’s stories, inspirations, struggles, and honest emotions. Dr. Harper approaches topics of family discord, discontent, sadness, redemption and forgiveness with grace. I recommend this book to anyone interested in stories about growing, learning, and changing to meet life where life meets us. "

About the Narrator

Nicole Lewis is a voice artist and Earphones Award–winning narrator.