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Cancer Is a Bitch: Or, I'd Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis Paperback – Bargain Price, September 22, 2009
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It's not, but that doesn't mean Baker is morose. She worries about her future, and more so, in a way, her family's, continually picturing her husband paired up with her yoga teacher or "Laura New Hampshire," a former neighbor. It's in exploring her almost-20 year marriage and its ups and downs that Baker truly shines, especially as her illness is part of that; her husband is a radiologist, and her fear over his reaction to her having cancer, adds to her overall stress.
She writes: "I love him. I hate him. I want him. I don't. But why doesn't anyone tell you how risky it is to trust another person with the all f you, to imprint your life with their life? How frightening it is to love and let yourself be loved? That to stay with someone you have to get over and get on and be willing to redefine the marriage over and over again. And compromise. Always compromise." These thoughts recur throughout the book, but they are not neurotic worries that can be annoying in memoir or fiction, but rather the very real worries about a life suddenly in chaos.
At one point, Baker notes that all her friends are reading Nora Ephron's I Feel About My Neck, and she wishes she could feel bad about something other than her breasts. When describing the physical changes, she harkens back to her days feeding her children, and later it's her daughters who help her pick out a purple bra.
Baker is not only concerned with her own well-being.Read more ›
One thing that made this book really enjoyable was Gail's sense of humor through the whole situation. There was evidence of this from things like the titles of each chapter to the comments Gail made. I have only one comment to make and that is I will never look at a chicken breast the same way again. I just feel in love with Mrs. Konop Baker and her family. Gail Konop Baker is one author to be on the look-out for as she will blow you away but in a good way. I look forward to many, many more books to come from Mrs. Konop Baker.
I have to say, I really enjoyed Cancer is a Bitch. I was a little apprehensive when the author sent me a copy to review because what was I supposed to say if I didn't like it? "I'm sorry, but your experience with a deadly illness just wasn't interesting enough for a positive review on my blog." Thankfully, Gail Konop Baker didn't put me in that position in the slightest.
Most reviews you will read of this book will probably tell you that the best quality of this book is its humor. And yes, the humor is wonderfully sarcastic and heartbreaking at the same time. But I would argue that its best aspect is its sheer humanity. Gail is just a regular person with a horrible diagnosis. She's at a place in her life where she is questioning everything: her life, her body, her husband, her choices. The full title of this book is Cancer Is a Bitch: (Or, I'd Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis). But Baker is having a midlife crisis - unfortunately, she just has to include cancer along with everything else. She is completely relatable and loveable; she isn't that person who accepts her diagnosis graciously with a serene smile on her face. She does what any of the rest of us would do: she freaks out.
I have to go back to the humor in the book. I mentioned it earlier, but it is such an integral component of the book that I want to elaborate on it. I avoid books about cancer and disease a lot of the time for the simple reason that they depress me. A lot of times, I end up empathizing way too much with a character and their story haunts me for months. If any of you are anxious about that, don't be. Cancer is a Bitch is many things, but it isn't depressing.Read more ›
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This book had parts that were really good and made you want to keep reading, but for the most part it was easy to walk away from. Not the best book I've ever read.Published on July 16, 2014 by Becca
Cancer Is A Bitch is so full of real life vitally, passionately lived and it is so well written--smart, heartwarming, charming, witty, and a real page-turner. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by S. Cummings
This appeared to be more of trying to deal with midlife crisis with dealing with cancer on the side. I'm extremely disappointed and would not recommend.Published on February 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Gail Konop Baker has done two things with Cancer is a Bitch. First, written a wry and satirical look at her own journey with cancer, and second given us some truth and honesty in... Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by booklove
Why a memoir? And don't tell me it's because everyone's got a book in them. This, I do not want to know until everyone also has a ghost writer on hand, or has a way with words... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by well-above-sea-level
Gail's book is such an open and honest insight into what goes through a woman's mind when the doctor's say "This looks suspicious". Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer
At the age of 45, Gail Konop Baker is a mother of three with a radiologist as a husband. She practiced yoga, ran, ate organic food, and rarely became sick. Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by Krista
Although everyone's experience with cancer is different, and no one can write about it in the same way, I was able to read this author's book without feeling a cloak of heaviness... Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Kathryn Magendie
I enjoyed the sarcasm and humor in the beginning of the book. So many books about cancer are too sentimental. Read morePublished on March 15, 2009 by Karen Frances