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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375708014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375708015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With some touting marijuana as a palliative to chemotherapy's side effects, which the author smoked as he combated Hodgkin's disease, one might expect Shapiro to explore the controversies surrounding the issue of grass-as-medicine. Besides briefly relating how his mother cultivated hemp in the backyard, he never allows the subject to impinge on his potpourri of cancer survival memories. Diagnosed at age 20 with a tumor, Shapiro details the biopsies, I.V. drips, radiation sessions, and blood draws alongside his characterization of the doctors, technicians, and nurses who managed his care. Interleaved with this commentary about the antiseptic quality of modern hospitalization are Shapiro's deeply drawn recollections of growing up and pursuing a career in psychology. Regrettably this volume lacks a thematic linkage to Shapiro's myriad memories of dreams, his walk along the precipice of death, and his amour. Nevertheless, the book's origin as NPR pieces and the author's lectures to oncology organizations will most likely generate interest. Gilbert Taylor
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"A page-turner filled with exquisite drama, deeply personal insight and?delightful, quirky humor."
--Arizona Daily Star


"Part memoir, part social commentary, part medical journal and entirely wonderful."
--Fort Worth Star Telegram

"An engaging, thoughtful, and funny account from a first-rate writer."
--Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Even if you don't know someone that has gone through the experience, this book is a must read.
Paul Croteau
This is a great book, describing the experience of having cancer, and of being a patient, in a very honest and straightforward way.
Kathleen
This book is truly inspirational and reminds us of how the human spirit triumphs over the odds!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Croteau on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you know someone that is or has suffered through cancer treatment, you owe it to yourself to read this well-written first-hand autobographical portrayal of Dan's personal story. Even if you don't know someone that has gone through the experience, this book is a must read.
At times I laughed out loud at Dan's Woody Allen-like wit, other times I found myself in a dazed stupor wondering how anyone could go through what he went through. His characterizations are heart-warming, his attention to detail is splendid, I am amazed at how vividly he was able to tell his story.
Mom's Marijuana is a fast read with many short chapters (similar to the many Chicken Soup books). However, all of these short chapters weave an intricate trail in chronological order (for the most part) from Dan's breif discussions of his youth through the finer details of cancer treatment.
This book educated and inspired me. It also raised my understanding of a terrible disease to new heights. Do yourself a favor, stop reading this review and just buy the darned book. You will not regret it. You da money man, Dan.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LadySTRANGER on December 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up in the biography section of my library.
I was about to have my knee operated on and wondered if I could find a good book to read during the days in bed not moving. Well, I was moved by this book.
It is one of the best books I have ever read.
You almost feel like you know Dan through his setbacks and triumphs.
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You will fall in love with this wonderful book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "amsterdamn_2000" on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
You might think that the title of my review refers to this man's life changing experience, but in fact I'm speaking of the life changing experience that has been reading this book. Dan Shapiro truly is a brilliant man and he wrote a complex, insightful book. I think the title is misleading, but the story more than makes up for it. It's almost as if the book is interactive; it makes you think back about many things, and can be very humorous at times. When he said he knew his daughter wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for his mother's talking to a stranger, it took me a while to realize he was talking about the woman in that first waiting room telling his mother to save sperm. I like that, that way that Daniel Shapiro has about writing this book. It was one of my favorite books, if not my favorite book, that I have ever read, and I would absolutely love to see a sequel of some sort. (This is the kind of book that once you're finished reading you feel like you've known the author all your life and you wish to meet him.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A book in which a guy narrates the various stages of his harrowing medical ordeal shouldn't be this entertaining. I started reading and found I didn't want to stop. It's warm, amusing, wise, playful and filled with laugh out loud moments -- without a trace of bathos or self pity. This is not a book I would have chosen on my own. I received it as a gift. Now that I have read it, I would recommend it highly to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Emory on May 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
When Dan Shapiro was 21 he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that automatically changed his life and left him with the typical battles of chemotherapy, surgery and all its side effects. Yet being the son of delightful, highly energetic and incredibly optimistic parents helped him battle the odds and exceed the life expectations the doctors set for him. The title of the book comes from his mother actually growing marijuana to help with the anorexia and nausea that his chemo sessions left him with. Though not a drug advocate, mom is an expert gardner and grows bushes of cannibus that would make any drug user happy for the rest of his life. His parents help is always to the extreme and its hilarious the measures they take to ensure that their son's cancer not take over his life.

The other wonderful part of this story is just the progression that he makes with each chapter- finding love, graduating medical school, buying a house, and of course beating the disease. Shapiro is warm, compassionate, yet downright hilarious. I couldn't help but read outloud some of the passages to my boyfriend such as when his parents decide he should donate his sperm, or when his mom tells his new girlfriend that they have pot drying in their attic. This book is just wonderful. You will have no problem enjoying it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I hid the title cover from my young children but the book was never more than an arm's length away until I finished every last page--even the acknowledgements! Dan's poignant and personal story put a powerful face on a dreadful illness. I loved the essay that was an ode to his dad's music. Throughout the book there are just gorgeous snapshots at life. A captivating and humorous read and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Shapiro's "Mom's Marijuana" captured the essence of what it is to be a regular college kid -- with cancer. His real, unpretentious and funny style made me feel like I went on his journey with him. The fluid writing and captivating essays in this collection kept me spell-bound...i couldn't wait to meet the rest of his world...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
My 19 year old son is going through cancer treatment, and by chance a friend loaned me this book. It is a wonderful reference for anyone who has a young relative going through cancer treatment.
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