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Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan
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Mar 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read on March 01, 2012

Enjoyable memoir about leaving an important job on Washington DC (Homelqnd Security) to come home and help out her family. Her dad is a country doc and Carolyn fills in as the receptionist/assistant when her mother falls ill. Many interesting characters are introduced as patients and neighbors. Carolyn decides to stay with her family and in the process learns a lot about herself. Her realization that sometimes "you just need to show up' resonated with me. "Mostly people just want your full attention." What I didn't like about this memoir was that the author felt she needed to drive home her realizations with lots of rhetoric. I wish she had just told the story and let the reader figure out much of what she had learned.

Most interesting to me is that this story takes place in Strawberry Plains TN which is where my first mother- in -law was born and raised. I have visited there and can tell you that it is definitely a step back in time as portrayed in the book

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