Post Archives from the ‘Book Reviews’ Category



Book Review: Why is She Acting So Weird?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by
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why-acting-weird Cancer is complex: it affects every aspect of a patient’s life -- including friendships. As I write this, I recall those friendships that strengthened with my breast cancer diagnosis. And, sadly, I recall those friendships that simply withered away. People react to their friends’ cancer diagnoses in many ways for many reasons. Those who choose to continue Continue reading the story "Book Review: Why is She Acting So Weird?"

Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Review

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by
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Nancy Memoir Truth. That’s what you will find in Nancy Stordahl’s memoir Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Memoir About Cancer as I Know It. The book’s title is telling: Stordahl exposes the ugliness that breast cancer really is. In a culture of pinkwashing and stories about how breast Continue reading the story "Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Review"

A Truly Phenomenal Woman and Book Review

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by
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Like so many in the world, I am grieving the loss of Maya Angelou, an articulate, brilliant individual who left a huge mark on the world. A literary genius whose writing captivated many generations, Angelou was also a Civil Rights activist. I have always felt close to Angelou and wanted to meet her. While that never happened in person, I did meet her -- Continue reading the story "A Truly Phenomenal Woman and Book Review"

Book Review: The World’s Strongest Librarian

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by
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worlds-strongest-librarian-178x300 If you’re seeking a wonderful book to read, look no further than The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne. I enjoyed this beautifully written book so much, I simply couldn’t put it down. Hanagarne, a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library, candidly shares the Continue reading the story "Book Review: The World’s Strongest Librarian"

Book Review: Third Time Lucky: A Creative Recovery

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by
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Third Time Lucky I've just been on a magnificent adventure. And I didn’t even have to leave home. I traveled through Pasha Hogan’s inspirational journey in her beautifully written memoir Third Time Lucky: A Creative Recovery. This book covers the author's experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer three times by the time she was 31. Pasha captures Continue reading the story "Book Review: Third Time Lucky: A Creative Recovery"

Book Review: Getting Past the Fear

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by
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Getting Past the Fear Before undergoing chemotherapy, I was understandably terrified. The nurse gave me some written materials on chemotherapy in advance of the first treatment. But these readings only provided facts; they didn’t prepare me emotionally for what was to come, nor did they address my fears or calm me down. This is the case for many, Continue reading the story "Book Review: Getting Past the Fear"

Book Review: Your Brain After Chemo

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by
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Your Brain After Chemo Validation This is what many cancer patients and survivors will feel while reading the excellent book Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus. Written by Dan Silverman, MD, PhD, and award-winning journalist and breast cancer survivor Idelle Davidson, this book validates what cancer patients and survivors have Continue reading the story "Book Review: Your Brain After Chemo"

Book Review: From Incurable to Incredible

Posted on: October 1st, 2010 by
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I want to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by profiling a must-read book. Author Tami Boehmer is a courageous breast cancer survivor who offers hope, emotional healing, and inspiration in her book From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Continue reading the story "Book Review: From Incurable to Incredible"

Book Review: After Breast Cancer

Posted on: June 18th, 2010 by
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For those breast cancer patients finishing treatment or who have finished treatment, I highly recommend After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment by Hester Hill Schnipper. This book is filled with excellent information on what to expect after breast cancer treatment. Continue reading the story "Book Review: After Breast Cancer"

Book Review: You Bet Your Life!: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes

Posted on: February 1st, 2010 by
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I am pleased that my first book review is on a publication by patient advocate Trisha Torrey. You Bet Your Life!: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Health Care You Deserve) is an excellent Continue reading the story "Book Review: You Bet Your Life!: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes"