Pat McDermott was an English major at Manhattanville College. Married in 1952, she raised eleven children with her husband John, before returning to the workforce. At the time of her application to APH in 1981, Pat was working part-time at a gift shop in Louisville. Her first project, The Complete Book of Pregnancy, was well received and she specialized in nonfiction works, many on women’s issues. Note to the reader: not the background of the typical APH narrator, but successful nonetheless. Pat read more than 300 titles before her retirement in 2004.