Reading Frenzy

Monday, January 30, 2006

Dealing with C when it's someone you love


After the Christmas holidays, my husband and I flew out to California to spend some time with my mom and my sister. It wasn't the easiest visit, my sister has been in the middle of a chemo and radiation regimen after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

It was hard to know just what to say-- I've been struggling trying to find the right words since she found out this summer that she had cancer.
Cancer Etiquette by Rosanne Kalick, is told from the perspective of a cancer survivor who has heard and remembered some of the worst lines imaginable, and has some pretty good tips on what to say, and when to say it, for friends, relatives and physicians.

Livestrong: Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors is a book I'm going to send to my sister. These are powerful and uplifting stories that cover everything from dealing with friends and family to working with physicians and insurance companies. The stories are unforgettable, and the process of dealing with diagnosis, treatment and survivor are so inspiring coming from those who have fought this battle. The final message is that with all its pain and heartbreak, something wonderful and life-enriching can emerge.

Oh what a tangled web

Whew.....cobwebs everywhere, dust bunnies in the bookshelves. It's pretty obvious I've been neglecting this place. And, I've lost track of what I've read--on the plane, in the car and in bed.
Racking my brain a bit.....


A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

I'm wondering if Frey has fallen off the wagon after all the brouhaha and scandal surrounding this book--and I'm wondering what percentage of libraries have reclassified this as fiction after the disclosures of
Smoking Gun. I'll admit that I was taken in, and I'm regretting those tears I shed at the end of the book.

Poor Oprah. First that insufferable Jonathan Franzen who couldn't bear to have his literary book be associated with the popular crowd or her name, and now interviews with an author who apparently never learned the meaning of true and false, fiction and nonfiction. Or then again, maybe he just went by the old adage, "never let the truth get in the way of a good story."