Saving My Life: Two Lives, More Like
Jo Anne Valentine was born to educated but impoverished parents during the Great Depression, attended grade school during World War II, had an idyllic youth in rural Michigan, and attended college and graduate school, eventually earning a Ph.D. degree in the biomedical sciences. She did research and taught at a time when women experienced considerable difficulties pursuing a scientific career. She was married twice (hence Simson) and has three children and six grandchildren. Keenly interested in human culture, she was an avid world traveler, ultimately living abroad for five years in four different countries. Since retirement, she has enjoyed the challenge of authoring both nonfiction and fiction. This autobiography narrates a complex life replete with setbacks and rewards.
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