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Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration, and Possibilities Paperback – May 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0977007400 ISBN-10: 0977007405 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Press On Regardless; 1 edition (May 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977007405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977007400
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The spark for this collection of gorgeous and inspiring photographs of women who've become bald from chemotherapy was film and television writer Hunsicker's initial reaction to her own cancer diagnosis: the fear of becoming bald trumped her fears of mere death. The resulting book is powerful medicine, and not just for women undergoing cancer treatment. Shot by 59 leading photographers, such as Duane Michals, the book features women of all shapes, sizes, colors and nationalities, and they illustrate an important point: their subjects' distinctive talents, interests, identities and personalities. In these bold and imaginative photos, a Florida Supreme Court Justice presides over a court session, a designer lounges astride an elephant in fuchsia formal wear, a doctor's face grins from the center of a rising moon. Short statements accompanying the photographs are equally eloquent. Model/writer Sharon Fryda Blynn describes overhearing three young men making fun of her during a commuter train ride. As they exit, one of them says, "God forgive me if this woman has cancer." She tells him and witnesses his shame. "I was thinking," she writes, "just for that brief second, I pushed a button... so that... the next time they see a bald woman, they might... smile and say, 'You look beautiful today,' and make her feel better." (May)
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<DIV><DIV>"This is an amazing book. I've bought three of them to give out as presents."   Robin Roberts, anchor, Good Morning America, ABC-TV</DIV></DIV><br /><br /><DIV><DIV>"To show bald can be beautiful, cancer survivor Jackson Hunsicker assembled photos and thoughts of women who lost their hair to chemo."  People</DIV></DIV> --From Independent Publishers Weekly

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It truly is inspirational.
L. Wood
The images in these photos portrayed beautiful visions of hope, strength, intelligence, grace and inspiration.
Annette Moore
She loved the book and even bought 3 copies to give as gifts to friends who are cancer survivors.
V. Peters

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as a gift for my mother who lost her hair during her cancer treatment. I found the photographs and stories to be beautiful and inspiring. Each photo is unique to the woman and the photographer. The stories are as varied as the women themselves. Women of all ages and backgrounds are included to show just how indiscriminate cancer can be and how strong and determine women are. I would recommend this book for any woman going through the ups and downs of cancer treatment to remind her just how beautiful bald can be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Arenas on June 16, 2006
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I purchased 2 copies of Turning Heads -- One was for my mother who lost her hair during chemotherapy to treat her Lymphoma. For a lot of women, the hair loss hits them the hardest because even if they feel well and are carrying on as normal, it is physical evidence that they are, in fact, sick. It brings them back to the reality of cancer. I wanted to remind her that she is beautiful no matter what, and that she shouldn't be ashamed to leave the house simply because of her appearance. She received the book 2 days ago and loved it...she loved the pictures, but especially the stories. It's perfect for anyone who needs a little lifting of the spirits. The other copy I told her to leave in the waiting room of her cancer center....if you haven't been to a chemo room or cancer center before, it's one of the most depressing places you could ever be. I wanted the book to reach as many people as possible, and I hope it does. I highly recommend this as a present for someone who is going through chemo and not quite feeling like themselves. remind them that bald is beautiful, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Wood on June 20, 2006
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I received this book as a gift and what a wonderful and thoughtful gift it has been! While enduring chemotherapy, I, as many people do, lost my hair. I chose not to wear a wig,scarf or hat. And to see that there are other women who are not afraid to wear their beautiful baldness with pride and determination made me want to read and look some more. Each photo tells a different story and really shows that cancer does not discriminate.

Every cancer center, radiation center, physician's office should have a copy on display. It truly is inspirational.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Kohlmeier on June 16, 2006
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I bought this book for my mother, a breast cancer survivor who had a hard time adjusting to life without her hair. She loved it so much she bought copies of the book and took them to the oncology department for other women to be inspired while enduring their treatments. A must-have for any woman who has gone through this experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Elizabeth Py Lieberman on January 4, 2007
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I have just two simple words to share with author Jackson Hunsicker for her efforts in creating this book. Thank You!

I know that the author put herself at great financial risk to create this book and I hope she now is recovering all of her expenses and then some. I hope you make millions Jackson. This book was just what I needed. I found it first in my oncologist's office and then I bought myself a copy and then I bought my aunt a copy and then my neighbors came by and took my copy for friends of theirs. Everybody knows somebody who's had a cancer diagnosis.

Every woman diagnosed is now experiencing one of her most vulnerable moments--a diagnosis of cancer quite possibly steals your future, frightens you beyond believe, and its harsh treatments rob you of your beauty, your pride--your hair. But that just simply isn't true. Many cancers are cured. The fear eventually wanes. And the hair will grow back. But in the meantime, being bald is beautiful. Witness the perfect scalp, the shape and character of the head, the prominence of the eyes and the lips, and admire those cheekbones. Women who don't have hair have nothing to fear for they are all experiencing a new level of beauty and this book with its glorious portraits is affirmation.

I met a woman this past summer. My hair was coming back. Her's was still gone. She was hiding beneath an ugly wig. I encouraged her to remove her wig. "Oh, look how beautiful you are," I told her. And her smile radiated. We woman, we're so much more than just a head of hair, we're strong, vibrant, radiant creatures and our hair is just that, hair.

Jackson Hunsicker THANK YOU so much for making me proud to go bald (I paid $600 for my wig. The insurance wouldn't reimburse it. I never wore it. Anybody want it?)

Beth Py-Lieberman
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Fryer on November 5, 2006
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I am a Ovarian Cancer Survivor & loved this book. It shows us that even though we have lost our hair we still have beauty. The stories were wonderful. NOCC donated these books to infusion labs. I know that men & women saw this book & it helped them know they were not alone. I recommend this book to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder on January 15, 2007
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How do you find the right words to comfort a loved one confronting the trauma of a cancer diagnosis? Unless you've been there, you can't. The stories of the women, both extraordinary and ordinary, in Turning Heads allowed me to offer solace, comfort, and humor to loved ones with words my own voice would fail to find. I have given this book to several people, and it has helped them in profound ways. Not only is this a work that turns the conventional idea of beauty on its head, it's a book that turns hearts -- from fear and despair to healing and hope. Buy it and give it to anyone you know confronting the fear and challenges of cancer. It's the best thing a friend can do.
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