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ISBN13: 9781565126138
ISBN10: 1565126130
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Carolyn Jourdan left her beloved Tennessee hometown for a career in Washington, D.C. For twenty years she worked with the country's most powerful people. A successful attorney, she was smart and ambitious, and she believed her work made a difference.

So when her father asked her to come home and be the receptionist at his tiny rural doctor's office while her mother recovered from a heart attack, Carolyn reluctantly agreed, thinking she could handle it-- for a day or two. Her job now included following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; distinguishing between a pain, a strain, and a sprain on indecipherable Medicaid forms; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits were never billed.

Slowly her fast-track Washington world began to pale in comparison with her new life. And her father proved more heroic and devoted than any politician she'd ever met. He made a difference every day, treating each patient, no matter how crazy or ornery or obnoxious, with dignity. And so, now, did Carolyn. Told with tremendous heart, this is the story of how, sometimes, you can-- and should-- go home again.

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Moving from her career as a successful Washington attorney back to her native Tennessee, Jourdan recognizes her father to be more heroic and devoted than any politician she'd ever met. Told with tremendous heart, this is the story of how, sometimes, it is possible to go home again.

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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.

With great humor and great tenderness, Heart in the Right Place shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us.

About the Author

Carolyn Jourdan, a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs (now homeland Security and Governmental Affairs), is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. She lives on the family farm in east Knox County, Tennessee

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Swansong, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by Swansong)
I read this book on a long plane flight, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The contrast of the narrator's life in Washington, D.C. with life in rural Tennessee provides lots of laughs. The tenderness with which patients are treated is both satisfying and entertaining. I left the book with my mother-in-law who is also an avid reader, with the stipulation that she return it to me when finished. It's a book I'd read a second time.
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njcur, August 15, 2009 (view all comments by njcur)
This book is perfectly named. It is a really wonderful story of a woman struggling to find the right place for her heart. It is roll-on-the-floor hysterical and very touching at the same time. I have been reading small pieces of it to all of my friends and family. I'll have to get a bunch for Christmas presents too. It was truly a joy to read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126138
Author:
Jourdan, Carolyn
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Medical - Other Personnel
Subject:
Regional Subjects - South
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United States Officials and employees.
Subject:
Tennessee
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Moving from her career as a successful Washington attorney back to her native Tennessee, Jourdan recognizes her father to be more heroic and devoted than any politician she'd ever met. Told with tremendous heart, this is the story of how, sometimes, it is possible to go home again.
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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.

With great humor and great tenderness, Heart in the Right Place shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us.

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