The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir

Riverhead. Jul. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780525537380. $27. memoir
Harper, a practiced emergency medicine physician, recounts her experience with patients in various emergency rooms. In addition to lessons learned from these encounters, Harper also shares the intimate details of her complicated upbringing to illustrate how people are broken and how they can heal. There is something relatable and illuminating in every story here, and this memoir’s honesty and compassion proves it is possible to mend brokenness. Harper offers a guide to healing from hardship, and her ability to humanize every patient makes the insight she shares invaluable. Whether describing a physical, emotional, or mental break, Harper makes a convincing case that there is beauty throughout difficult times. For readers grappling with various challenges, Harper’s words inspire hope and understanding of the importance of finding peace and acceptance of the past.
VERDICT Poignant, helpful, and encouraging, Harper’s lessons from life in and outside of the emergency room ultimately teach readers how to trust the healing process.

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