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My Road to Microsoft: A success story of building Expedia, is a chronicle of a young woman rise as an engineer in the male-dominated field of technology and how her concept became Microsoft Expedia, the first successful Internet travel site. This book is co-authored with Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist Paula Martinac.

Paula Martinac is the author of three novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of Time and the Lambda-nominated Home Movies. She has also published four nonfiction books, among them The Lesbian and Gay Book of Love and Marriage and a young-adult biography of singer K.D. Lang. She is currently the editor in chief of Q Syndicate, a content provider to the gay press.

In order to help readers understand how she became a successful engineer, the book first traces her roots growing up in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s and her training as an engineer there despite her working-class background and society's limited ideas about what girls could achieve. She reached the pinnacle of her career in her native country at the age of 23, when she launched the first Brazilian telecommunications satellite.

Having hit the glass ceiling in Brazil at such a young age, she decided to immigrate to the United States. The book traces her early struggles in this country, having to work as a cleaning woman in order to survive until she could obtain her papers to work as an engineer. It then looks at her gradual development of the idea of a travel CD-ROM, which, after she was recruited to work at Microsoft in 1994, became the nucleus of The book also looks at her disillusionment with Microsoft and my eventual decision to leave the company - which I did in 1998, as a millionaire.

Woven throughout the memoir is her personal story of coming out as a lesbian and sharing her life for almost 20 years with her partner, Lucila Oliveira. It describes the relationship struggles, growth and how it impacted her professional life.

This memoir, is written in the fast-paced style of a novel, and will appeal to many different readers: those interested in Microsoft and other major technology companies; anyone interested in software development and Internet technology; women and girls wanting to learn about succeeding in the traditionally male field of computers; immigrants who want to succeed in America; and gays and lesbians looking for role models.

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