Finalist, International Book Awards (2019).
Awarded the Readers’ Favorite® 5-Star Seal (2019).
In this thought-provoking sequel to his first memoir, “Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician who Heals Himself,” former elite cancer doctor and researcher, Christopher Pelloski, chronicles his compelling journey from federal incarceration to halfway house detention to the first few years of building a new “after” life. Alternating between humor, pathos, and measured outrage, Pelloski takes us with him as he weathers imprisonment, divorce, and medical board hearings, undergoes polygraph interrogations and court-mandated therapy, finds a new home, starts a new profession, reconnects with family and old friends, and forges new relationships in “A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Redemption in a Broken System.”
Diverse stories of those encountered along the way show the faces of those most affected by the failures and capriciousness of the American justice system—and demonstrate the essential value of kindness and second chances.
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CHRISTOPHER E. PELLOSKI earned his medical degree from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 2001. He was accepted into the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program and eventually joined the faculty at the University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, one of the top cancer centers in the world. He was later recruited to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2014, however, he became Inmate#: 71491-061 at the Federal Correctional Institution, Elkton.
Dr. Pelloski won several awards with his first book, “Trauma, Shame and the Power of Love,” including a Silver Medal from the 2016 Living Now Book Awards and a Bronze Medal from the 2016 Global E-book Awards.