From Publishers Weekly
Ignore the title, which is bad. It's okay, even, to ignore the writing exercises. Barbara Abercrombie's Writing Out the Storm: Reading and Writing Your Way Through Serious Illness or Injury is a moving, unsentimental portrait of the author with breast cancer, as she navigates her fear of death and love of writing with intelligence and grace; it's a worthwhile book for anyone who's ever thought about writing or thought about sickness. With excerpts from the famous (Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, Gilda Radner) and the un- (a Spanish-speaking woman who distances herself from her cancer by only writing about it in English), Abercrombie, who teaches in the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, shows how others have dealt with mortal issues and how "nothing can heal the spirit like creativity and faith."
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"Barbara Abercrombie gently takes readers' hands and leads us through the world of writing during times of emotional upheaval." (Dr. James W. Pennebaker, author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotion)
"Not a whiff of either sentimental optimism or lachrymose pessimism taints this terrific book." (Carolyn See, author of The Handyman and Making a Literary Life)
"Her passion and compassion shine through on every page as she leads us to examine and understand our pain." (Jennie Nash, author of The Victoria Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer)