Dr. Warren Borgquist delivered three generations of babies in Tuolumne County as a family practice physician. From 1971 until his death in 2010, he not only attended countless births, but he also provided health care for numerous families, often placing his patients’ needs front and center in uniquely personal and unconventional ways.
“We thought he was ours,” said Jennifer Lebell, his stepdaughter, “until we stood on the dais at his memorial looking at over 400 people who thought the same thing.” This is a memory book of stories collected during more than 100 interviews from people who thought of Warren as their own—as brother, husband, parent, grandfather, friend, colleague, and doctor.
Situated in the context of a rural medical practice, battered by external forces both social and economic, these accounts turn out to be emblematic of medicine across the country at the turn of the 21st century. But mostly, they tell the story of a self-proclaimed over-achiever, an unpretentious, kind-hearted man, who left an indelible mark on a small community.
In November 2013, Patricia reissued Between Two Women: Conversations About Love & Relationship through the Word Project Pres. The book, originally published in 2008, blends the genres of memoir and oral history.
Married for 33 years and the mother of three grown children, Patricia led a comfortable life until she fell in love with a woman. Leaving her husband to live with her lover, she plunges into an emotional storm. Her identity is radically disrupted; her family and friends are bewildered and angry.
Then she meets Carol, a 69 year-old woman who knew from the time she was a child that she was a lesbian. As Carol tells the story of her closeted life during the 50s and 60s, Patricia navigates the consequences of her impulsiveness.
Braiding Carol’s and Patricia’s stories, Between Two Women illuminates fundamental questions about the nature of love and relationships.
“Between Two Women, allows us to travel the hauntingly beautiful yet rocky road in Patricia’s life, to learn from what she reads, meet her mentors, and vicariously experience her joys and sorrows.”
Agatha Hoff, author of Burning Horses