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THE THINKING WOMAN'S GUIDE TO BREAST CANCER

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR RECOVERY AND REMISSION

A cogent and detailed look at the realities of cancer care.

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Insider insights on how to manage breast cancer treatment. 

In 2011, Maker (College Reading with the Active Critical Thinking Method, 2000, etc.) wasn’t prepared to be diagnosed with breast cancer, which was discovered during a routine CT scan. Nor was she ready to navigate the numerous medical decisions that she now needed to make. Nevertheless, she dove into the process, independently researching mainstream treatments, side effects, and alternative therapies; pressing her doctors to answer her questions; and seeking out second, third, and fourth opinions on the best course of care. Her book is a valuable resource for anyone facing a diagnosis of breast cancer—or, indeed, any other serious health condition. In it, she offers tips on how to navigate confusing health care systems and find assistance from patient advocates and support groups. She also praises integrative oncologists who combine conventional treatments with alternative ones. Her deeply personal story offers a valuable example of a patient speaking up for her own needs and coordinating her own care, and she provides, in an appendix, a helpful list of questions to ask doctors. Later sections delve into her chemotherapy and radiation treatments in great detail. These are sometimes-engaging, as when she describes trying to find a way to save her hair and nails. However, they’re so specific to her unique experience that not all readers will find them useful. The final chapters address diet and other lifestyle changes, such as avoiding environmental toxins, that may help prevent cancer recurrence. Along the way, she also touches on topics such as “pinkwashing,” referring to corporations that support cancer-fighting charities for public relations purposes while manufacturing cancer-causing products. She ends with a compelling call for readers to focus more effort on cancer prevention. 

A cogent and detailed look at the realities of cancer care.

Pub Date: Jan. 13, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9976619-0-3

Page Count: 360

Publisher: Jane Thomas Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 9, 2018

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NIGHT

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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INTO THE WILD

A wonderful page-turner written with humility, immediacy, and great style. Nothing came cheap and easy to McCandless, nor...

The excruciating story of a young man on a quest for knowledge and experience, a search that eventually cooked his goose, told with the flair of a seasoned investigative reporter by Outside magazine contributing editor Krakauer (Eiger Dreams, 1990). 

Chris McCandless loved the road, the unadorned life, the Tolstoyan call to asceticism. After graduating college, he took off on another of his long destinationless journeys, this time cutting all contact with his family and changing his name to Alex Supertramp. He was a gent of strong opinions, and he shared them with those he met: "You must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life''; "be nomadic.'' Ultimately, in 1992, his terms got him into mortal trouble when he ran up against something—the Alaskan wild—that didn't give a hoot about Supertramp's worldview; his decomposed corpse was found 16 weeks after he entered the bush. Many people felt McCandless was just a hubris-laden jerk with a death wish (he had discarded his map before going into the wild and brought no food but a bag of rice). Krakauer thought not. Admitting an interest that bordered on obsession, he dug deep into McCandless's life. He found a willful, reckless, moody boyhood; an ugly little secret that sundered the relationship between father and son; a moral absolutism that agitated the young man's soul and drove him to extremes; but he was no more a nutcase than other pilgrims. Writing in supple, electric prose, Krakauer tries to make sense of McCandless (while scrupulously avoiding off-the-rack psychoanalysis): his risky behavior and the rites associated with it, his asceticism, his love of wide open spaces, the flights of his soul.

A wonderful page-turner written with humility, immediacy, and great style. Nothing came cheap and easy to McCandless, nor will it to readers of Krakauer's narrative. (4 maps) (First printing of 35,000; author tour)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-679-42850-X

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Villard

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1995

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