The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope, and Healing

. 2012. 400p. 978-0-97537-663-8.
Former Shreveport Times columnist Fitzgerald, daughter of the late doctors Alice and Joe Holoubek, collects a series of letters that detail her parents’ courtship, from their first meeting at a Mayo Clinic fellowship in 1937 to their marriage two years later. These two young people awaken to their strong feelings for each other despite distance, busy internships, uncertain futures, and the illnesses that befell both. As biographer Joan Reardon (As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto) recently showed, collections of personal correspondence can provide a fascinating slice of life and the interplay of unique personalities. The Holoubeks’ letters show them to have been enormously likable, and the book shines with their modesty, consideration for each other, and concerns for humanity.
VERDICT This charming book is replete with enough medical references to interest any student of medical history. Other readers will fall under the spell of the music, automobiles, and social mores of the 1930s. For everyone.
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