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Bryson City Seasons: More Tales of a Doctor's Practice in the Smoky Mountains [Paperback]

By Walt Larimore MD (Author)
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Drawing from real-life experiences, this book continues the up-close-and-personal look at one man's transformation into a compassionate family doctor.

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Welcome to Bryson City, a small town tucked away in a fold of North Carolina s Smoky Mountains. The scenery is breathtaking, the home cooking can t be beat, the Maroon Devils football team is the pride of the town, and you won t find better steelhead fishing anywhere. But the best part is the people you re about to meet in the pages of Bryson City Seasons. In this joyous sequel to his bestselling Bryson City Tales, Dr. Walt Larimore whisks you along on a journey through the seasons of a Bryson City year. On the way, you ll encounter crusty mountain men, warmhearted townspeople, peppery medical personalities, and the hallmarks of a simpler, more wholesome way of life. Culled from the author s experiences as a young doctor settling into rural medical practice, these captivating stories are a celebration of this richly textured miracle called life. The whole book is delightful. My only criticism: there wasn't enough of it Margaret Brand, MD, co-laborer with Dr. Paul Brand in leprosy work in India"

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Bryson City Seasons: More Tales of a Doctor's Practice in the Smoky Mountains by Walt Larimore MD has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 41

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310256720  
ISBN13  9780310256724  
UPC  025986256722  

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More About Walt Larimore MD

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Larimore is one of America's best-known family physicians and is listed in the Best Doctors in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and the International Health Professionals of the Year. His MD degree is from Louisiana State University and his Family Medicine residency was at Duke. Dr. Larimore practiced 4 years in the Smoky Mountains before moving to Central Florida to practice for 16 years. From 1993-1994 he served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. In 1996, he was named America's Outstanding Family Medicine Educator by the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2000, Dr. and Mrs. Larimore were named Educators of the Year by the Christian Medical Association. Dr. Larimore is now an author, educator, and medical journalist. He serves on the adjunct family medicine faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Larimore hosted over 850 episodes of the daily, live Ask the Family Doctor show on Fox's Health Network-being awarded the prestigious "Gracie" Award by the American Women in Radio and Television. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Larimore hosted the Focus on Your Family's Health's syndicated radio and TV features. Dr. Larimore is a frequent guest about family health topics on a wide variety of television and radio programs and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS's Morning Show, several Fox News programs and CNN. Dr. Larimore has published twenty books and over 600 articles in dozens of medical, lay, and Internet publications. His best-selling books include Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor's Practice in the Smoky Mountains and Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook. His most recent book, co-written with his wife of 35 years, Barb, is His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Bryson City Seasons?

Doctoring the body and the soul  Apr 13, 2006
Dr. Walt Larimore returns with the second book of his series which chronicles the early days of his practice in the Smoky Mountains. This book is as charming as the first one, as the residents of tiny Bryson City try to get used to the big city ways of one of its newest practitioners. In the first book of the series, Dr. Larimore discovers that some simple country remedies work just as well or better than the latest medical technology. In this book, he learns that the key to curing patients is not only in the physical realm, but in the mental and spiritual areas as well. He goes into greater detail about his daughter's cerebral palsy, and does not hesitate to tell some funny stories in which he is the butt of the joke. This book and the others in the series make for delightful reading.
Terrific Read!  Jan 24, 2006
I very much enjoyed the first novel in this series, Bryson City Tales, and was delighted when this second book was published. If you are a fan of reading about small-town life, you'll love these books. Dr. Larimore's narrative brings the reader right into the story. The stories range from amusing, heartwarming, suspenseful, sad, to inspiring. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book, Bryson City Secrets, due out in March! If you're looking for a terrific read, I recommend these highly.
Bryson City Seasons  Aug 13, 2005
Very good! Really good for older readers who can appreciate the memories/stories of a young doctor ,husband, and father practicing in the N. C. Mountians. I recommend this book---as well as the first one---Bryson City Tales
A second peek into the life of a small-town physician  Dec 10, 2004
In BRYSON CITY SEASONS, Dr. Walt Larimore's follow-up to BRYSON CITY TALES, Larimore invites us into the life of one doctor and his family experiencing life as a small-town physician, grappling with inter-office politics and jealousies, family life, tricky diagnoses, and questions of faith in a rural Smoky Mountain town in North Carolina.

As this sequel opens, Larimore and his big-city wife Barb are anticipating their tenth anniversary together. Their young daughter Kate, who was born with cerebral palsy, and strong-willed colicky little boy Scott, make up this family of "flatlanders" (the term used by the locals for outsiders). The Larimores have found that Bryson City has everything you'd look for in a small town --- from Super Swain Drugs, the old-fashioned drugstore with a breakfast and lunch grill, a loyal following of the high school football team's wins and losses, and small town parades complete with Shriner clowns on mini motorcycles, to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club. Larimore paints an enjoyable yet realistic portrait of Bryson City, with all of its inviting warmth and disappointing warts.

Unexpected tragedies --- such as a man whose head is crushed by a tree, a first encounter with the death of an AIDS patient, and concern over a baby born with Down Syndrome --- all give Larimore opportunities to reflect on God as the director of "a great production." For Larimore, even his daughter Kate's cerebral palsy is a gift from God, who "knew exactly what he was doing."

"Even though I wasn't sure of all the whys and all the reasons for the many events in my life and my patients' lives that sometimes seemed haphazard or random, I knew there was One who did," Larimore writes. While some Christian readers will not adhere to Larimore's particular theology about evil and suffering, they should find his reminders of the confidence we can have in God's love and care for us compelling and reassuring.

But to imply that this is heavy reading would be a misnomer. The necessary darker side that writing about a medical practice necessitates is leavened throughout with Larimore's lighter reminiscences, including the hilarious recounting of his involvement in the Miss Flame contest. The readers see a different side of the doctor as he dons an overstuffed bra and midnight blue sequined evening gown, complete with blond wig and high heels to compete in the contest (and later sports a shiny red one-piece swimsuit). Other lighter moments include a "secret" recipe for barbecue sauce given to the reader, complete with a short recounted history of the condiment.

Occasionally, the text becomes a bit dialogue-heavy as Larimore relies on conversations to carry the stories. Larimore is also apt to fall into an instructional tone ("Researchers have now found that loneliness and anger are two of the leading causes of death. Even in the 1980s, an increasing number of well-designed studies...") and can't resist the occasional statistic or elaborating on a medical case. Some readers will enjoy these medical asides, while others may find that they slow down the pacing of the stories. Larimore ends his book with some hints at new troubles down the road and the potential of a new practice, which will keep his fans anticipating the next installment.

Those readers who enjoy Philip Gulley's "Front Porch" series or James Herriot's veterinary tales will embrace this Christian doctor's latest homespun reflections on his life and medical practice in a small town.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby (


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