August 11, 2008

# 1 or # 2 Paperback Non-Fiction BESTSELLER !!

The Great Lakes Booksellers say Heart in the Right Place is selling at # 2 in non-fiction paperback for the greater Chicago area. A member of the same association, Anderson’s Bookshops, shows it selling a day later at # 1 !!!

Wow!!

April 26, 2007

The Film Version?

Film companies are now calling every day! How did this happen? Check out this review…

“This book will make a great movie, and I will be the first in line to buy tickets. This is a mainstream book, not labeled in any way “inspirational,” but the truths in the telling of a caring country doctor will leave the reader with unforgettable thoughts. … What a golden nugget this is. Read it over and over again and then share the words. Heart in the Right Place will not be out for a few weeks, but you will want to put your order in at your bookstore. It’s a great gift for both Father’s Day and Mother’s Day.” Velma Daniels — PolkOnline, Readers Digest and Guideposts author

April 13, 2007

Starred Review From Publishers Weekly!! Yippee!!

Publishers Weekly says this:
“Jourdan’s dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph.”
Click here to read the entire review.

February 3, 2007

Reviews of Heart in the Right Place

FIRST EVER Book of the Month for Family Circle magazine’s new book club! In the July issue, Family Circle launched its book club and the first selection is Heart in the Right Place!

Featured Selection of: The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and American Compass Book Club. June pick of the Satellite Sisters Radio Book Club, DearReader.com, and The Pulpwood Queens Book Club. July Book Sense Pick.

Starred Review in Publishers Weekly — “Jourdan’s dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph.”

“Heartwarming, funny and utterly appealing.”
Fannie Flagg
—Author of Fried Green Tomatoes

“This is a wonderful book. I would have enjoyed it even if Carolyn wasn’t a neighbor of mine in East Tennessee. She is a great writer.”
Dolly Parton
—Singer, Songwriter, and Actress

“Faced with the dilemma of forsaking a high-powered career that could influence matters on a national level for a menial job that directly affected the lives of one small town, Jourdan was surprised to discover that sometimes the greater good can best be served one person at a time. With lavish affection, genuine respect, and exuberant humor, Jourdan offers a zestfully compassionate portrait of a poor community rich in the ways of true humanity.”
Carol Haggas
—Booklist

“Heart in the Right Place does for the medical community what James Herriott’s classic All Creatures Great and Small did for the veterinary one. A blend of science and soul, the story of the Jourdan family’s devotion to their rural community is one of compassion, wisdom, and wit. A beautiful, compelling true story.”
Marty Becker, D.V.M.
—Resident veterinarian on ABC TV’s Good Morning America, host of The Pet Doctor on PBS, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist with Universal Press, and author of 11 books, including The Healing Power of Pets.

“Heart in the Right Place was so wonderful…you should immediately run out and buy it! Jourdan is one of those authors who make you wish she were your next-door neighbor, and her book is one of those books you want to buy to give to everybody you care about.”
Alison C. Jameson
—Little Epiphanies Blogger, reviewer for Elle

“What a great memoir about a young woman coming home to a rural community to help (temporarily) with her dad’s medical practice while her mother recovers from a heart attack. Although Jourdan is a top-notch attorney in Washington, D.C., she was in over her head as the receptionist for this rural medical office.”
Patricia Worth, River Reader, Lexington, MO
—Book Sense Pick for July 2007

“…well seasoned with salt-of-the-earth characters and new insights both touching and profound. With touches of ER, Mayberry, and the writings of James Herriot, this sweet and restorative volume is just what the doctor ordered!”
Joe Drabyak
—Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA, for BookSense

“[A]n absolute delight of a book: warm, funny and written with great heart and understanding. It is alive with characters who are as unbelievable as they are real — and their reality reveals how community, family and friendships build connections that run much deeper and matter far more than all the high-power deals, plans and programs of politicians and lobbyists.”
Howard Shirley
—BookPage

“This is a soul-touching memoir filled with memorable Southern characters, plus plenty of country humor, but mostly a memoir about character — the transformative power of selfless acts in forgotten places far from the spotlight.”
John Marshall
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Carolyn Jourdan’s amusing but poignant spiritual journey into what is really most important in life does not disappoint. … Her descriptions of the parade of eccentric but lovable characters through her father’s small country medical practice leave the reader completely absorbed into the story and wanting more. By the end of the story a realization sets in – success is not measured by fame, money, or location of residence – but by the small, although significant, differences for the better we make in other’s lives.”
Tammy G.
—PaperbackSwap.com & BookMooch.com, reviewer for Elle

“… heartwarming and hilarious…You’ll fall in love with this story about family, community, and coming home…reminding us that the best heroes are the ones living right beside us!”
The Satellite Sisters
—Satellite Sisters Radio Book of the Month Club

“This book proves that yes, you can go home again and that quality of life is much better than quantity in life! Five Diamonds in the Tiara.”
Kathy Patrick
—THE Pulpwood Queen, SouthernLiving.com

“This book will make a great movie, and I will be the first in line to buy tickets. This is a mainstream book, not labeled in any way “inspirational,” but the truths in the telling of a caring country doctor will leave the reader with unforgettable thoughts. … What a golden nugget this is. Read it over and over again and then share the words. Heart in the Right Place will not be out for a few weeks, but you will want to put your order in at your bookstore. It’s a great gift for both Father’s Day and Mother’s Day.”
Velma Daniels
—PolkOnline, Readers Digest and Guideposts author

“Can a high-profile U.S. Senate counsel, a brainy lawyer with ‘all the external indicators of success,’ find satisfaction as the receptionist in her father’s rural Tennessee medical practice? Carolyn Jourdan’s beautiful memoir, Heart in the Right Place, tells how she was called home to fill in ‘for a few days’ when her mother had a heart attack that proved to be permanently disabling. The story keeps you turning pages for all the country color of the mostly impecunious patients, but the real theme is Jourdan’s struggle to make her life count. She had felt right about some of her work in Washington, working conscientiously for the public good. But in her father’s office, she makes a different kind of difference, helping people at the bottom, listening to them as though their concerns matter no less than those of some ambassador, cabinet secretary or senator.”
Ralph Bowden
—NashvilleScene.com, Our Critics Picks

“Carolyn Jourdan’s compelling memoir is by turns hilarious, sobering, and wise.”
Kate Whouley
—Author of Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved

“A keen eye for what is heroic and extraordinary about the seemingly ordinary sets Jourdan’s writing apart and gives her book insight and meaning.”
Gwendolyn Bounds
—Author of Little Chapel on the River

Watch for reviews in MORE (in June), FAMILY CIRCLE (in July), and ELLE (in August) magazines and at DearReader.com on June 4! Book of the Month (with Harry Potter) B97.5 (WJXB-FM).

On these radio shows (many are nationally and internationally syndicated):

Voice of America, “Satellite Sisters”, WAMC “The Round Table”, World Talk Radio, Leisure Talk “Be the Star that You Are”, WPKM “Second Saturday Magazine”, KSFR “The Journey Home”, KEEL “Strategies for Living”, KVON “Morning Edition”, WBAA “920 Magazine”, KSRR “Healthy, Wealthy Wow”, Lifestyle Talk Radio “The Michael Dresser Show”, “The Lisa Birnbach Show”, WCQB/WHNC “The Alvin Jones Show”, USA Radio Network “Daybreak”, KAXE “Real Good Words”, KCMN “Tron in the Morning”, WJR “The Warren Pierce Show”, KLPW “The Diane Jones Show”, KWMR “Parent Talk”, WDWS “The Gary O’Brien Show”, “A Touch of Gray”, WGVU “Open Mind”, WUNC “The State of Things”.