Emergency room physician, Michele Harper, grew up in a complicated family. She went on to attend Harvard, where she met her husband. The end of her marriage brought the beginning of her self-healing. Harper shares her poignant stories from the ER with Mitchell Kaplan. Her book, The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir. Recorded in Miami and Philadelphia.Host: Mitchell KaplanProducer: Carmen LucasEditor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radiohttps://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, Marc sat down with ER doctor turned New York Times Best Selling author, Dr. Michele Harper to discuss her new book, "The Beauty in Breaking." The two discuss how she was prepared to lose everyone in her life because of her commitment to truth telling in her memoir, being a self taught writer, and also have a laugh about a famous doctor's autobiography that may not hold the same weight that it used to.
Dr. Michele Harper says she doesn’t have any special powers. But for 36 hours every week, she works in a hospital emergency room and she has several jobs. She writes:
“... I am called upon to be salve, antidote, and sometimes Charon. Most of the time my job is to keep death at bay. When I am successful, I send the patient back out into the world. When I’m not, I am there as life passes away.”
In her first book, “The Beauty of Breaking,” Harper details what she’s learned about life, death and self-healing as a Black emergency room physician in the United States. She spoke with MPR News host Kerri Miller about the power in ‘breaking’ and what it means for growth in our lives.
Dr. Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade. “The Beauty in Breaking” is her first book.
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