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I Can't Save You: A Memoir

I Can't Save You: A Memoir

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The raw and gripping memoir of a Black physician who confronts his past mistakes and relationships as he learns to find his own path forward

At first glance, Anthony Chin-Quee looks like a traditional success story: a smart, ambitious kid who grew up to become a board-certified otolaryngologist--an ear, nose, and throat surgeon. Yet the truth is more complicated.

As a self-described "not white, mostly Black, and questionably Asian man," Chin-Quee knows that he doesn't fit easily into any category. Growing up in a family with a background of depression, he struggled with relationships, feelings of inadequacy, and a fear of failure that made it difficult for him to forge lasting bonds with others.

To repair that, he began his own unflinching examination of what it means to be both a physician and a Black man today. What saved him and his sanity was not medicine but storytelling: by sharing stories from his life and career, Chin-Quee learned how powerful the truth can be in helping to forgive yourself and others as you chart a new way forward.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, honest and human, I Can't Save You is the fascinating true story of how looking within can change you and your life for the better.


Prologue 1

ONE: Chin-Quee, M.D. 3

TWO: A-Side--Success* 42

THREE: B-Side--The Fall 80

FOUR: You 160

FIVE: Fear of Flying 176

SIX: Rainbow Connection 212

SEVEN: Y'ain't (k)no(w) 222

EIGHT: Fatherhood 285

NINE: Eulogy 334

Acknowledgments 353

Author: Anthony Chin-Quee
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published: 04/04/2023
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.80w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780593418888

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 11/01/2022 pg. 18
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2023
Booklist 03/15/2023 pg. 24
Publishers Weekly 03/20/2023

About the Author
Anthony Chin-Quee, M.D., is a board-certified otolaryngologist with degrees from Harvard University and Emory University School of Medicine. An award-winning storyteller with The Moth, he has been on the writing staff of FOX's The Resident and a medical adviser for ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

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