Two books: one nonfiction and one fiction.
Two doctors: a pediatric neurosurgeon and an embittered heart surgeon.
One goal: save the patient.
I always say that books seem to enter our lives at the right time, and these two are no different. There is something special and similar about them that made me feel they needed to be grouped together. I highly recommend both.
First, ALL THAT MOVES US, by Jay Wellons. Dr. Jay Wellons, to be exact. An experienced pediatric neurosurgeon with decades of operating and teaching experience, this is his memoir and love letter to the profession. We follow him from patient to patient, those that he saved and those he couldn’t, year after year. As expected, certain patients stand out and have left imprints on his heart. The writing is excellent and his humility is admirable. Be prepared for some detailed medical explanations, but it is never boring. A great, timely autobiography. 9.5/10 Stars
Next, WHEN CRICKETS CRY, by the incomparable Charles Martin. I truly believe Martin is one of our greatest living novelists, and I’ve only read four of his books with many more left to discover. It is, perhaps, a minor spoiler to identify the main character as a surgeon because he spends most of the story building and restoring boats with his brother-in-law, Charlie (who deserves his own book.) But whether he is known as “Reese Mitch: boat builder” or “Jonathan Reese Mitchell: heart surgeon extraordinaire,” he is still a lonely, broken man. When Reese meets Annie, a little girl selling lemonade who is ill and wise beyond her years, he must ask himself if the time is right to emerge from his shell of grief and uncertainty and tap into his incredible gifts. 9.5/10
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I just ordered the one about the introvert bookseller…looking forward to receiving it. I may buy the two doctor books…used…so we can pass them around to our little group of ladies…they all love to read and the doctor ones may be especially meaningful to our Dr. friend. Love your reviews. Had to order the funny one…I am still highly impacted by the Chief Joseph book that I read…that one will never leave me…I need some light stuff to soften the blow. “Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce” by Kent Nerburn….I am going to try to find more by him.