David Sherer, Successful Doctor and Devoted Father, Honors His Nanny, Louise Johnson Morris

April 09, 2014

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David Sherer, Successful Doctor and Devoted Father,

Honors His Nanny,

Louise Johnson Morris,

In a New Memoir…

The House of Black & White

After 31 Years Apart, Sherer and Morris Reunite—Three Months Before Her Death

 

NEW YORK, NY; April 9, 2014 - Louise possessed something that neither of my parents could claim. With her warmth, her earthiness, her homespun wit and wisdom, and her unfailing belief in me, she, more than anyone else, had made me what I strove to become: a husband, father, professional, and, above all, what we Jews call a mensch: a person mature enough to do the right thing as often as humanly possible...a person brave enough to see the suffering in the lemon that is life and squeeze as much lemonade out as the fruit will allow.   

                                                                                    –David Sherer, from The House of Black and White           

 

In his heartfelt and forthright new memoir, The House of Black & White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris (Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co.; August 5, 2014; $15.95 Trade Paperback; ISBN: 978-0-62857-521-7), author David Sherer, anesthesiologist, pianist, caring father, and a middle-aged liberal white Jew, pays homage to the remarkable African American woman who largely raised and continually inspires him. Throughout his embattled childhood in suburban Washington, D.C. in the 60s, David—lost in the middle of two demanding older sisters and a brilliant little brother—sought comfort and validation from the family maid. A native of Macon, Georgia, and the granddaughter of slaves, Louise gradually replaced David’s distant, volatile father and overburdened, resentful mother as his caregiver, nurturer, and champion. In 1981, when David was away at medical school, Louise left the Sherer family for reasons that are still unclear. In 2012, David was finally reunited with his beloved “Weezy”—three months before she died, at age ninety.  David recounts, “Weezy was the woman who shaped me…the inspiration who made me the parent I am today.” Drawing on what he learned about Louise’s life and his own, David Sherer can discuss:

 

·       The hardships of life and lack of career opportunities for black women in America around the time Louise responded to The Washington Post notice: “A-Number-One Maid Needed!”;         

·       Why he believes that race remains a highly polarizing issue in the United States today;    

·      How being raised by a resilient black woman along with Jewish parents profoundly influenced his perspective, his personality, and his approach to fatherhood with his young son, Liam.

 

Author David Sherer, MD, is a graduate from Boston University School of Medicine.  Prior to medical school, David majored in music at Emory University, with a concentration in piano. He is a practicing anesthesiologist and wrote the highly acclaimed book Dr. David Sherer’s Hospital Survival Guide. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Laura, and son, Liam.  If you’d like to explore scheduling media opportunities, please call or e-mail us at Media@MouthPublicRelations.com.