Author: Dr. Lisa M. Masterson
Reading Group Guide: No
Gist: This autobiography written by Dr. Lisa (as she is affectionately known on the Emmy Award-winning TV show The Doctors) follows the determined path of a Black girl who made it. Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Lisa tells the tale of growing up with a single mother and their super-close relationship. Her early life did not have privilege written all over it, and that makes it easy to relate to her story. The book chronicles her early life all the way to present day, but it’s not bogged down with too much ‘fillers’– she basically shares her foundational upbringing, educational experience and professional climb to becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist- an inspiring Black woman, indeed!
Best Line: ¨And the more examples that young black girls– or any girls– can see of a dream they thought was out of reach, the more possible their dreams become. Yes, I want to tell them, be a doctor…. Yes, take a chance on a wild idea. Yes, give your skills to the people who need them the most. Yes, I believe in you.”
Recommend: YES! If I was to ever pen a memoir, I would want it to read like her book. Let me start by saying that I had never heard of Dr. Lisa before visiting the Wendy Williams show, where she gifted the studio audience a free copy of her book. The first time I saw her (she stands about 5’2) I thought ‘She’s so cute, she reminds me of the Black girl from Saved By the Bell!’ Lisa from Saved By The Bell she is not! Dr. Lisa has come a long way and is very established in her own right. While reading her book, I looked at her like any other person (and not necessarily a TV personality) who made it in the struggle. The book reads very easy and Masterson traces her life effortlessly. It never feels like she’s overwhelming you with details or information. It’s a must-read if you’re looking for inspiration, even to give to anyone you know who needs that pat and reminder to Keep At It!
Paper Dollhouse can be purchased on Amazon.
Next Book on the Reading List:
Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones.
What’s the last book that inspired you?