Patricia Grayhall with Donna Cameron — 'Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine'

". . .fast-paced, immersive, and weighty memoir that will resonate with anyone who has experienced the hardships of being true to yourself.” —BookLife Reviews


Third Place Books welcomes local doctor and author Patricia Grayhall to our Lake Forest Park store! Grayhall will be discussing her memoir Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicinein conversation with Donna Cameron, author of A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Making the Rounds. . .

In the late 1960s, Patricia Grayhall defies societal norms by coming out as a lesbian and dreaming of becoming a doctor—but the free-wheeling sexual revolution and the demands of her medical training complicate her search for the equal, loving relationship with a woman she so desires. Can she have both love and career?

Defying expectations of a woman growing up in Arizona in the 1960s, Patricia Grayhall fled Phoenix at nineteen for the vibrant streets of San Francisco, determined to finally come out as a lesbian after years of trying to be a “normal” girl. Her dream of becoming a physician drew her back to college, and then on to medical school in conservative Salt Lake City. 

Though Patricia enjoyed a supportive friendship with a male colleague, she longed for an equal, loving relationship with a woman. But her graduate medical training in Boston, with its emotional demands, long hours, lack of sleep, and social isolation, compounded by the free-wheeling sexual revolution of the 1970s, made finding that special relationship difficult. Often disappointed but never defeated, Patricia—armed with wit and determination—battled on against sexism in her male-dominated profession and against discrimination in a still largely homophobic nation, plunging herself into a life that was never boring and certainly never without passion.

A chronicle of coming of age during second-wave feminism and striving to have both love and career as a gay medical doctor, Making the Rounds is a well-paced and deeply humanizing memoir of what it means to seek belonging and love—and to find them, in the most surprising ways...


Praise for Making the Rounds. . .

“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

“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 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 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. Patricia lives with the love of her life on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

When Donna Cameron committed to a year of learning about kindness and trying to live more kindly, she considered herself a reasonably nice person (with occasional lapses into bitchiness). In that year—and the years that have followed—she learned that kindness is life-changing, that it takes practice, patience, and understanding . . . a sense of humor helps, too. Her book, A Year of Living Kindly is in its 8th printing and has been recognized with more than a dozen literary awards, and several foreign language editions are now available.

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