Time for a Heart to Heart

Time for a Heart to Heart

Reflections on Life in the Face of Death

Bob Mitchell, Larry King


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“A sweeping chronicle of life and heart transplantation . . . Reminiscent of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It is a Truth Well Told.” (Craig R. Smith, MD)
Quite suddenly, Bob Mitchell became a very sick man. He would endure three near-fatal episodes of ventricular tachycardia due to a heart muscle comprised of fifty-four percent scar tissue, as well as heart surgeries, two harrowing months of waiting on the transplant list for a new heart on life supporting IV drips (during which time a malignant tumor was detected in his kidney), partial nephrectomy surgery to remove the cancer, another month of waiting, twelve-hour heart and kidney transplant surgery, and one hundred days on life support in four different hospitals. A novelist at heart, Bob’s ordeal seemed like a memoir screaming to be written.
Not simply a narrative of the physical and emotional experience of what it’s like to go through and recover from a transplant, Time for a Heart to Heart is at its core both a thought-provoking, introspective monologue, and an intimate dialogue with the reader, concerning life’s fundamental conflicts.
“There are lots of memoirs out there about heart disease, but Time for a Heart to Heart is unique . . . thought-provoking and challenging, with lots of insight and wisdom, inviting any reader with a beating heart to contemplate nothing less than the meaning of life.” —Larry King, from the Foreword
“Bob Mitchell has great insights into medicine, and much more brilliant insights into life. His memoir is wonderfully funny, uplifting, and a true celebration of what we all should be thankful for, the passionate fight for survival.” —Mike Roizen, PhD, New York Times–bestselling author