Paper dollhouse : a memoir

by Masterson, Lisa M.

Format: Print Book 2011
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction R154.M29874 A3 2011x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  R154.M29874 A3 2011x
In Paper Dollhouse, Dr. Lisa Masterson traces a journey that begins with an unconventional childhood shaped by her larger-than-life mother, who broke away from an abusive husband in Louisiana to find new opportunities for the two of them in the West. With charm, determination, and a budget that often involves moving every few months to skip out on the rent, plus a lot of other creative financing, the two of them lead a hidden existence that allows Lisa to attend exclusive private schools and feed a brilliant mind. Their life together is as heartbreakingly flimsy as the dollhouse she makes for a school project, using the only materials she has: notebook paper and tape. But the love and grit and resilience of those early days ground Lisa for harrowing years of medical training in an Ob/Gyn ward known as The Pit, and give her the fierce determination, after she loses her mother to cancer, to found clinics for pregnant women and babies in Africa and India. This unexpected story from the accomplished doctor and cohost of the Emmy Award-winning medical talk show The Doctors will captivate, surprise, and inspire readers and her many daytime TV fans.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Masterson's journey to a career as a doctor and cohost of the Emmy Award-winning medical talk show, The Doctors, was marked by uncertainty and determination on her part and her mother's. Her mother fled tiny Haynesville, Louisiana, to Seattle and later San Diego for better opportunities for her daughter. But the private-school education was paid for in a long string of skipped-out leases, dunning bill collectors, and desperate depression that occasionally led to violent outbursts and abuse of the daughter. Masterson reconciled herself to a peripatetic and unsettled life, as fragile as the paper dollhouse she made as a class project. But with determination as fierce as her mother's, she pushed her way through college, medical school, marriage, and motherhood, tending to her mother when she was dying of cancer and to an adolescent brother. Pushing against boundaries of race, class, and sex, she developed a strong practice and extended her efforts as a specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, and infertility to a nonprofit treating pregnant women and babies in Africa and India. An inspiring memoir.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Masterson, Lisa M.
Women physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Guilford, Conn. :Skirt!,2011
Language English
Description x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781599219981
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