June 2021 W.O.W. Book Club Member Profile: Kerin McCormack, Meet and Eat Book Club

  1. Where did you grow up and where have you lived as an adult?

I was born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia and lived there with my parents and four siblings until I moved to the national capital, Canberra, to go to college.  When I was 16 years old, I came to the U.S. as a Rotary Exchange Student and spent 12 months in a small town in Pennsylvania, Selinsgrove, home of Susquehanna University.  After returning to Australia, I worked as a newspaper reporter in Canberra then moved to Sydney where I worked in the computer industry for IBM.  In 1979, I moved to the San Francisco Bay area and joined Hewlett Packard.  After 11 years, I switched coasts and moved to Portsmouth, NH where I met my husband, John.  Together, we moved to Marco Island, FL where our three children were born. From there, we headed to Charleston, SC for me to attend the Medical University of South Carolina where I eventually earned a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Since 2009, I have worked as a physician assistant in rural clinics in Fairfax, Blackville, Williston, and now Aiken, SC.

 

  1. When did you move to Woodside?

I purchased a home in the Village of Woodside in 2017.

 

  1. What are your hobbies?

I enjoy contra dancing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, yoga, and reading.  I used to enjoy sailboat racing with John but have not had the opportunity since his death in 2002.  I recently took up a new hobby with my partner, David, working on various stained glass projects through classes at Art & Soul of Aiken. Once travel restrictions ease, we shall enjoy traveling again, particularly to Australia.

 

  1. Approximately when did you join The Meet and Eat Book Club?

I joined the newly formed Meet and Eat Book Club in December 2019.

 

  1. What is your favorite book read in book club and why?

One of my favorite books our book club read was Educated by Tara Westover.  It was a shocking portrait of a dysfunctional family and the difficulties a young woman had escaping its influence. The father was a textbook bipolar disorder patient who tried to control his wife’s and children’s lives.  I was fascinated by how some family members tolerated and even defended his dangerous, destructive and life-threatening behavior.