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Bald in the Land of Big Hair: A True Story Paperback – February 5, 2002
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Rodgers is the author of two novels, Crazy for Trying, and Sugarland, but has made an impression in the non-fiction field by writing her cancer memoir, and being a keynote speaker for a variety of cancer related organizations.
The title is a concise preview of what the reader will encounter. Rodgers is diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of thirty-two, while married and raising two children. "Bald" refers to a side effect of chemotherapy, and "big hair" refers to the styles of the big state of Texas, where over done hair is the norm. Rodgers takes us through the indignities of cancer and the treatments. In doing so, she reaches to the core of her being, without clothing, accessories, and flamboyant hairstyles. Although Rodgers tackles the serious subject of her war against cancer, she does so with humor that will have the reader laughing out loud.
Even the chapter titles are funny: "Cleopatra, Queen of Denial" "Hairless in Houston" "Lights, Cancer, Action" Yet the prologue offers great prose: "When tomorrow was still a given and ignorance was still bliss, I was floating along like a paper sailboat on a lazy river, too caught up in my life to know that I was dying. But the day you're diagnosed with cancer, you stop dying and start surviving. You stop living and start staying alive." Anyone who has battled cancer will recognize the truth in this paragraph. Rodgers tells us the truth of her fears, the ugly effects of treatment, and her will to survive.
Although cancer is not hilarious, Rodgers makes it sound comical.Read more ›
And, of course, this book was also very funny! Rodgers has a way with words that will have you laughing in spurts throughout the novel.
I was never bored reading this book and finished it in less than two days. Aside from being a good read, it also introduced me to the pitfalls of cancer that I never knew about before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adore Joni's colorful self-aware feminine voice. She is the life of the party...even when that "party" is a life threatening disease. Read morePublished 9 months ago by elizabeth distel
Having just finished going through bilateral mastectomy, chemo, loosing my hair and reconstruction I was able to relate to this story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Debi G.
Had this book in my kindle for a few years. Bought it after my diagnosis of lymphoma. Did not even know it was about that. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anne R. Sternbach
I am undergoing chemo right now and found this book hard to read. Perhaps when its all over I'll try againPublished 19 months ago by Nancy C. Ross
Liked the book, many points to ponder, felt in parts in went on a bit too long. Overall a good read.Published 22 months ago by Bug12811
The story started out OK but the ending was a bit rushed. I would recommend it for a quick readPublished on March 16, 2014 by Adrianne Summerfield