Heart in the Right Place – Carolyn Jourdan

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4/5 X-rayed Goats

On The Back:

Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community.

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read a memoir or any nonfiction other than a cookbook that I picked up for review since March. That’s a long time. So when I was browsing Overdrive last night I picked out this book and I can safely say that I’m glad I did. This book was laugh-out-loud funny in some parts and heartbreaking in other parts.

The author did a wonderful job of balancing out her humor and spacing it out in between the deaths that would inevitably come with a memoir about a part of the medical field. One such reoccurring hilarious characters was Langston, a narcotics addict, that would call at least once a week trying to get a prescription. His interactions with Carolyn were simply hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud at them. There were many other hilarious characters that appeared throughout the book.

Overall an extremely enjoyable book that only had a few minor drawbacks, none of which are really worth mentioning, they’re mostly my preferences. Highly recommend!

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