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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475152213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475152210
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's compelling."
--Henry Tenenbaum
KRON-TV, San Francisco


"Cancer Time Bomb is anything but depressing...the book offers an intimate, messy and at times hilarious family portrait."
--J Weekly, San Francisco


"A brave story."
--Michelle Marques
KSRO radio


"No matter how angry, bitter, profane, hopeful and crazy-brave her book reveals the (author) to be, Burnette never reneges on her promise to tell the truth..."
--Press Democrat, Santa Rosa


"Cancer Time Bomb is just as frank as its title implies...the themes of anxiety, courage and family are universal."
--Gabe Meline, Editor
Bohemian (Marin, Sonoma, Napa counties)
"This book is hilarious, sad, terrifying, and completely informative. I learned more about breast cancer, treatments, and basically what it's like from this one book than I have from anything else."
--Sara Strand, book reviewer
Sara's Organized Chaos

About the Author

Joelle Burnette was a writer for a New York Times daily newspaper in Northern California after having written for other newspapers. Prior to earning her master's in journalism/communications from Stanford University, her writing experience also extended to her work in television news in San Francisco, congressional offices on Capitol Hill and in California, and media relations on presidential and other regional political campaigns. Look for more of Burnette's books: Freedom Doesn't Just Come Along with a Tree, and soon to be released, Magic Peas and Two Front Teeth.
When she isn't writing, Joelle enjoys camping, traveling, photography, painting, swimming and spending time with her family. 
CONNECT ONLINE: Websites: JoelleBurnette.com and 4GenrationArtists.com; Blog: JoeysJournal.com; Facebook: facebook.com/Joelle.Burnette.Author; Follow Joelle on Twitter @joelleburnette

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I picked random pages to read in the beginning.
Harmony
I have the BRCA 1 mutation & will be having surgery in January, this book gave some insight into the operation & also showed me that I am not alone in my fears.
Erika MacDonald
Yet, there is a very strong thread of love and appreciation for her family and their loving support that lies beneath Brunette's story.
K. Miller

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny on June 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
While there is nothing funny about cancer at times you won't know whether to laugh, cry, or be angry. I could not put this book down. In the midst of the tragedy of having this mutated gene, the author describes in very believable terms, a family suffering its own dynamics, yet coming together for her and each other in a way many, many families would not. Too often vulgar but always honest, this one could be a movie. The author takes us on her journey,struggling with her choice while showing us an emotionally fragile self.
The excellent tips at the end are for all people facing a long hospital stay and recovery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 12345 on May 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
While cancer is not my problem, I found the book extrememly funny. Many times I had trouble stopping laughing at the behavior of her disfunctional family. Most families exhibit some of the behaviors. I would have given this book 5 stars but some people may find some of the material about sexual behavior offensive. The book was a gift. I really enjoyed reading it and had a hard time putting it down and found myself finishing it at 2 am. Burnette's journey changing her chances of getting cancer from 94% to 2% by removing her breasts provides very good information for those contemplating options.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Miller on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Joelle B. Burnette gets a five-star rating from me for a writing a book that is sometimes coarse, sometimes offensive, but always brutally honest about herself and her decision to surgically remove her healthy breasts and ovaries after confirmation that she carries the BRCA gene mutation, which, in a woman, means almost certain breast or ovarian cancer. She neither sugarcoats the truth about her own fears and resentments nor spares us the foibles and imperfections in her family of origin. Her mother repeatedly annoys her, and her sister, who has twice gone through breast cancer surgeries and treatments, manages to be intrusive and aggravating on most occasions. Yet, there is a very strong thread of love and appreciation for her family and their loving support that lies beneath Brunette's story. Her decision to undergo a very radical mastectomy and reconstructive process was done with the stark realization that she wants to be alive and vitally present to her two children as they grow up; she also tells us she can function as a role model, should, God forbid, either of the children need to make similar hard decisions in the future. This is a brave work by a brave woman. Kay Mehl Miller, Ph.D., author of Living with the Stranger In Me: An Exploration of Aging
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More About the Author

Joelle Burnette was a writer for a New York Times daily newspaper in Northern California after having written for other newspapers. In 2014, she was awarded gold by an international magazine association for her feature writing. Prior to having received her master's in journalism/communications from Stanford University, her writing experience also extends to her work in television news in San Francisco, congressional offices on Capitol Hill and in California, and media relations on presidential and other regional political campaigns.

Burnette grew up around fine artists, including her mother, grandfather and sister. Burnette has won several top awards for her paintings and photography, and she taught art to elementary school students. View the family art at 4GenerationArtists.com. She has used her paintings as illustrations in her children's books: Freedom Doesn't Just Come Along with a Tree, and soon to be released, Magic Peas and Two Front Teeth.

When she isn't writing, Burnette enjoys camping, traveling, photography, painting, swimming and spending time with her family.

Visit her website, www.JoelleBurnette.net for a look inside her books, and more author event news.

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Blog: http://joelleburnette.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @joelleburnette
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