Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine

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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
Patricia Grayhall is a medical doctor and author of Making the Rounds; Defying Norms in Love and Medicine as well as articles in Queer Forty and The Gay and Lesbian Review. After nearly forty years of medical practice, this is her debut, very personal, and frank memoir about coming out as a lesbian in the late 1960s and training to become a doctor when society disapproved of both for a woman. She chose to write using a pen name to protect the privacy of some of her characters as well as her own.

Patricia lives with the love of her life on an island in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys other people's dogs, the occasional Orca and black bear, hiking, and wine with friends.
2023 Best Indie Book Award Winner in LGBTQ Memoir
2023 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Gold Medalist in Non-Fiction - LGBTQ
2023 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Nonfiction/Memoir
2023 PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Awards Finalist in Best Book: Memoir
2023 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal Winner in Medical Memoirs
2023 Golden Crown Literary Awards Finalist in General Non-Fiction
2022 Firebird Book Awards First Place Winner in Coming of Age Memoir
2022 Firebird Book Awards First Place Winner in LGBT Memoir
Named a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2022
2022 Best Book Awards Finalist in LGBTQ+: Nonfiction

"The author writes with a sense of blunt reality and warm humanity . . . The struggles, deeply felt emotions, and coming-of-age triumphs make this memoir touching and personal, and it will stir reflection in those who read it."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Grayhall skillfully depicts the problems confronting any ambitious person in search of stable romantic relationships . . . those professional challenges resonate throughout this fast-paced, immersive, and weighty memoir that will resonate with anyone who has experienced the hardships of being true to yourself."
--BookLife Reviews

"Memoirs like Grayhall's are important to us. The larger culture has owned the narrative forever and rendered us inconsequential if not invisible. Our untold stories need to be out there, and a story like Grayhall's from a woman of her achievements is a vital contribution to our community and history."
--Katherine V. Forrest, author of Curious Wine and The Emergence of Green

"Making the Rounds is a fast-paced, inspiring, and accessible true story of a young lesbian's struggle to enter the male dominated profession of medicine in the '70s while concurrently learning, through a series of heartbreaking and endearing encounters, to be her authentic self in a loving relationship with another woman. I highly recommend this book--a great read exploring issues that are as relevant today as ever."
--Robin Tyler, producer, activist, comic

"An uplifting journey of coming out that reads like a fast-paced medical drama."
--Radclyffe, retired surgeon, author, and president of Bold Strokes Books

"Making the Rounds is smart, profound, thought-provoking, and all-out engaging. Patricia Grayhall's writing brims with a passionate desire to share her reality and the book will elicit empathy in every reader. . . . This memoir is a must-read as a reminder to all of us to guard our rights and freedom and to never devolve into a culture of hate that is a vestige of a primitive stage of evolution."
--Readers' Favorite, 5-star review

"Making the Rounds is a wonderful book that flows from page to page keeping its readers engaged in Patricia's story and wanting to know where it would go next. Inspiring, heartfelt, and brutally honest at times, this is a book that will give women and those who care about them, the strength and motivation to persevere through the trials and tribulations in life."
--Seattle Book Review

"Female professionals--gay or straight, doctor or other--owe a debt of gratitude for the tribulations women like Grayhall endured to hew the path we now traverse. Reverberating with personal angst and professional certitude, Making the Rounds is about life. I highly recommend it to anyone who's ever lived one."
--Adele Holmes, MD, author of Winter's Reckoning

"Patricia Grayhall has written a vital and thrilling memoir, the story of a woman figuring out who she is and who she is meant to be. She battles