In Stitches

In Stitches


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For anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, a hilarious fish-out-of-water memoir about a young Korean-American nerd turned renowned plastic surgeon that will make readers stand up and cheer.

Tony Youn grew up up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town of near wall-to-wall whiteness. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding Pinocchio-like, protruding to an unthinkable, monstrous size. After high school graduation, while other seniors partied at the shore or explored Europe, Youn lay strapped in an oral surgeon’s chair as he broke his jaw, then reset it and wired it shut for six weeks.

Ironically, it was this brutal makeover that led him to his life's calling -- and the four years of angst, flubs, triumphs, non-stop studying and intermittant heavy drinking that eventually earned him an M.D. Thanks to a small circle of close friends and an obsessive drive to overachieve, Youn transformed from a shy, skinny, awkward nerd with no confidence and no clue into a renowned and successful plastic surgeon.

In Stitches is a heartfelt, candid, and laugh-out-loud memoir of one man's bumpy road to becoming a doctor and learning to be confortable in his own skin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451649765
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 643,484
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony Youn, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon who focuses on cosmetic surgery. He has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. 90210, CNN, The Montel Williams Show, America’s Newsroom on the Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor, the E! Special Celebrity Plastic Surgery, and others. His comments have been featured in US Weekly, In Touch, Life and Style Weekly, RADAR magazine, MSNBC, OK! magazine, The National Enquirer, Star, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He’s very active on his website:

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Face in the Ceiling 1

I Premed 7

1 Karate Kid 9

2 Jawzilla 21

3 Zero for Four Years 33

II First Year 59

4 Little Asia 61

5 Master of the Shopping Cart 69

6 A Show of Hands 85

7 Nerd Room 93

III Second Year 111

8 Flower Street 113

9 No, But I Play One on TV 123

10 Second-Year Crush 133

IV Third Year 149

11 First Do No Harm … Oops 151

12 Role Model 165

13 "Miracle of Birth Occurs for 83 Billionth Time!" 175

14 If You Don't Cut, You Suck 183

15 Shrink Rap 197

16 This Is Spinal Tap 203

17 Mommy Dearest 213

V Fourth Year 223

18 Thanksgiving Story 225

19 Beverly Hills Bloodsuckers 237

20 Monkey Time! 255

21 Match Madness 263

Acknowledgments 269

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