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January 23, 2013

Plastic surgeon to discuss memoir at library

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

Dr. Anthony Youn

ROCHESTER — Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon who has appeared on numerous TV shows, includeing “The Rachael Ray Show” and the reality show “Dr. 90210,” will discuss and sign copies of his memoir, “In Stitches,” during a special event at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Rochester Hills Public Library.

“In Stitches,” which was named a 2012 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan, tells the tale of Youn’s experiences growing up in Michigan and becoming a doctor. The book describes it all, from Youn’s childhood — growing up Asian-American in small-town Michigan with Coke-bottle glasses and a protruding jaw — to having his jaw broken and re-set by an oral surgeon his senior year, a move that Youn said led him to pursue his career as a doctor.
The book also follows Youn’s experiences through medical school — he earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Grand Rapids MERC Plastic Surgery Residency Program and then made the decision to move to Los Angeles to complete an aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship with a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. He later decided to return home to Michigan to establish a plastic surgery practice in metro Detroit, and currently serves as a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery at Youn Plastic Surgery, 755. W. Big Beaver, Suite 1200, in Troy.

Youn will also discuss what drove him to write “In Stitches,” and he will take questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase after the presentation.
Ellen Kieta, the library’s community relations specialist, said she thinks the program will be a fun and entertaining evening for cardholders.

“I had heard from other libraries that he was an excellent speaker and he was funny and unassuming. On top of that, his book is both heartwarming and funny,” she said.
Library Director Christine Lind Hage expects the program to draw a lot of people, due to its popular subject matter — a doctor’s experience with plastic surgery.

“He is also known as being a very humorous speaker,” Hage added.
Those interested in attending are asked to register as soon as possible, since space is filling up fast.

“So far, I have 127 people registered, and we seat 160,” Kieta said at press time.
Registration for the program is required and is open to those with a Rochester Hills Public library card. To register, visit http://calendar.rhpl.org or call (248) 656-2900.

Youn’s visit was made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library.
“They are the group that gives us the money to pay for speakers and all our programming. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to offer programs like this one to the public,” Hage said.

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library is a volunteer-based nonprofit group that raises money on behalf of the library and is responsible for the library’s used-book sales.
The Friends group will open their latest sale, the Winter Used Book Sale, to the general public Jan. 24-27 in the library’s multipurpose room, which will be filled with approximately 30,000 gently used books in all categories. The sale will run 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
 Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

“Proceeds from the book sale help generate the revenue that the library gets from the Friends to provide programs to the public,” Hage added.

The Rochester Hills Public Library is located in downtown Rochester, two blocks east of Main Street, off of University Drive, on Olde Towne Road. For more information, call (248) 650-7124.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.