An ER doctor shares lessons in first book, ‘The Beauty in Breaking’

A woman wearing a blue blouse; the cover of the book.
Dr. Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade. “The Beauty in Breaking” is her first book.
Author photo by LaTosha Oglesby | Book cover courtesy of Penguin Random House

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.

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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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