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Nordie's at Noon: The Personal Stories of Four Women "Too Young" for Breast Cancer Paperback – September 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 Reprint edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"...this is a rare book that has the saddest of endings and yet still manages to be--yes--life affirming." -- People Magazine 4-star review, 10/9/06

"An emotional, touching and even funny memoir." -- (LifetimeTV.com)

"Each woman expressed gratitude for the silver linings in the cloud of breast cancer." -- St. Petersburg Times, 10/10/2006

"It delivers...Parts...bring tears to our eyes, then the next page sneaks in a laugh...Ultimately hopeful and inspiring." -- (Wichita Eagle, 10/29/2006)

"Pick up a copy of "Nordie's at Noon" on your way to your mammogram. It may literally be a lifesaver." -- (Herald Standard, 10/16/2006)

"Remarkable...Packed with the details of personal stories and leavened with humor...Their voices are distinct." -- Kansas City Nursing News, 11/7/2006

"Their combined insights...[encourage] women of all ages to be proactive when it comes to their health." -- (TheBreastCareSite.com, October 2006)

"Will help many readers be more proactive with their health...Simple, honest, funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational." -- PsycCRITIQUES.org, 2/28/07

"[A] funny, poignant, and exceedingly valuable resource...a superb text." -- Library Journal starred review, 9/1/06

"[A] warm and intimate detailing of how cancer upends young lives." -- Ms., Fall 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Patti Balwanz died in 2003, at the age of twenty-nine. Kim Carlos lives in Kansas City with her husband and son. Jennifer Johnson lives with her husband and two children in Overland Park, Kansas. Jana Peters died in 2006, at the age of thirty-five.

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You cannot help but be moved by these amazing ladies stories.
M. Simon
I had read a bit of it before I gave it to her and really like the style, very clever and real.
Stacey A. Prewett
Their stories were a real-life account of what living with cancer is like.
KACP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Confession time: I'm the Melanie whom Patti drove to St. Louis to see, and I also met Kim during my time in the sorority. I didn't know 75% of the people or events mentioned in this book, to my regret. During my first reading, I felt almost hostile: Who were these people? When did this happen? Why didn't I know about this? I even thought I recognized my wedding as the one Patti felt uneasy about during the section about choosing to be postive in the short time we have. Everyone projects their own insecurities, and after the second and third readings, I came to realize that I was angry with myself for allowing my own fear to limit my interactions with Patti. Sure, I had the excuses of distance, a young son and a full-time job, but the truth was that it was easier to pretend that I had been supportive and loving when I was truly just shielding myself. I encourage everyone to take a hard look at what it means to be "supportive". I wish I had.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By penandra on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As others have mentioned, I read the review in People magazine and picked up the book the next day. The approach taken by the authors is a great approach with each woman sharing her experience on the journey. I would recommend this book to any woman I know (and have). But if I were to give it as a gift, I'd include a package of tissues alongside!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LegalKC1 on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is an amazing story about the four women authors on their journey with breast cancer, God, family, and friends. I feel so much more enlightened and comfortable with the topic of breast cancer; I've grown tremendously from my experience reading the book. One of the mantra's for one of the authors is Live, Love, Laugh. My mantra has always been Live, Love, Laugh, Learn. I Learned a great deal from this book and believe it will help others Learn about friendship and one very important part of life no one can escape. Of course, there is a huge emphasis in the book on Living, Loving and Laughing. I gave a copy of this book to approximately 100 friends across the nation. I hope this story will help many people Learn more about their family and friends who are, or who will inevitably, Live, Love, and Laugh their way through breast cancer. My Live, Love, Laugh, Learn Campaign - "PASS IT ON!" I ask that anyone who reads this review to read this book. Then purchase several copies for others. Many people will better understand this life experience. If everyone simply buys two books and asks the people with whom they share the book to "pass it on," the number of people we can reach is incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KACP on January 15, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because the four authors are from Kansas City and I am really glad I did! I enjoyed reading their courageous stories and it was a real eye-opener about living with cancer and the toll the treatments took on their bodies. Their stories were a real-life account of what living with cancer is like. The book was a little repetitive at times, but overall very well written. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Rogers on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was fabulous. I have never left a comment on a book before, but feel the need to share just how great this is. Since encountering several of my own scares, this book opened my eyes to what can lie ahead. It answers questions honestly and openly. It is not only informative but also personal. Read it for yourself, you will never forget Patti, Jana, Kim and Jennifer!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Oberholtzer on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being a survivor myself, I just loved this book...hearing from women who were young and vivacious and then their world comes crashing down, only to build it back up with the love of their families, friends and themselves...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Reed on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Nordies at Noon is a great read! Each of the four women tell their stories of their battle with breast cancer. The book is broken up into chapters that focus on one aspect (diagnosis, etc). After reading about these women, I felt like I knew them. It is very informative and puts breast cancer on the level of the average reader.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Cooper on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an oncology nurse, and I found this book to be both medically correct and very interesting. I cried, laughed, and got easily involved in this book. The women gave very honest and frank views of going through chemo, as well as projecting their personalities and strong will to live. Highly recommended!!
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