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Defying Norms in Love and Medicine

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Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“An honest, heart-rending memoir about finding oneself.”

“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.”

3-D Cover of Book Patricia Grayhall and title Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love & Medicine

About the Book

Release Date: October 11, 2022

ISBN: 9781647422738

Order from Ingram Publishing Services, Baker and Taylor, and Overdrive

Formats: Print, eBook, Audiobook

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 in Arizona, and then on to medical school in conservative Salt Lake City.

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.


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Booklife Book Review says the book is a fast-paced, immersive and weighty memoir
Seattle Book Review says this is a wonderful book that flows from page to page.
Radclyffe says this is an uplifting journey of coming out that reads like a fast paced drama.

Robin Tyler, producer, activist, comic

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.”

Old photo of Patricia Grayhall on the streets in the 70s.
An old photo of Patricia Grayhall in Boston.
An old photo of Patricia Grayhall standing in front of an old car.