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Making the Rounds

Defying Norms in Love and Medicine
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Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Named one of the Best 100 Indie Books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews
“An honest, heart-rending memoir about finding oneself.”
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3-D Cover of Book Patricia Grayhall and title Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love & Medicine
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About Making the Rounds

2023 Best Indie Book Award for LGBTQ Memoir

2023 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Gold Medalist in Non-Fiction - LGBTQ

2023 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Nonfiction/Memoir

2023 Pacific Northwest Writers Association 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 and LGBTQ Memoir

Named a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 20222022 Best Book Awards Finalist in LGBTQ+: Nonfiction


What was it like to survive an illegal abortion, come out as a lesbian, and train to become a doctor in the late 1960s and early ’70s—before Roe v. Wade, before Title IX, and in a largely homophobic nation?

In this unflinching and riveting coming-of-age memoir, Patricia Grayhall battles sexism in a male-dominated profession. She plunges into a life that is never boring—and certainly never without passion.

Tossed around in the rough seas of medical training, chronically exhausted and emotionally drained, Patricia chafes at the toxic masculinity of the culture of medicine. She yearns for the same care and support her male colleagues receive from their wives and girlfriends. Although the sexual revolution and women’s movement in 1970s Boston celebrate female eroticism, she finds few role models for moving beyond desire to sustain a healthy, long-term relationship with a woman. Will she find the love she seeks without jeopardizing her career?

This book, named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 100 Indie Books of 2022, is the inspiring true story of how one woman navigates these stormy seas without signposts to reach her goals—often battered, but never broken.


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Available in print, eBook and audiobook formats

About the Book
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.
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