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It's Always Something: Twentieth Anniversary Edition Paperback – May 19, 2009
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- Judy Quinn, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Death be not proud: the book remains a victorious volume." -- Detroit Free Press
"Touching and witty." -- USA Today
"Gilda mined her humor from everyday life, and what resulted really was something." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not just written in a flowing, captivating way, it is also quite funny, despite its subject. While reading, you go through a journey with Radner, who takes you along with her for the good and the bad times. You cheer for her when she finally gets the man she loves, and you cry when you both lose the battle with cancer.
This book stayed with me for a long, long time after I read it. I want you all to have the same experience.
what kept going through my head as I read this book, for the
first time,and the sixth time..... Knowing how this story ends casts
a shadow over this bright and articulate memoir somewhat, if
only because you know that Gilda's optimism and wishing didn't
do her any good. You see, all of her life, she had such a fear of
cancer, she would cross the street if the word was on a
sign or a building. She even hated her astrological sign,
which amazingly enough, was "CANCER", because she thought it was
an unhappy omen. When she's finally diagnosed with the disease,
you can feel her terror and frustration leaping off the pages,
partly because she documents going from doctor to doctor, when she first
has symptoms, confiding her fears ( ironically, Gilda began penning this tome many months
BEFORE she was diagnosed, or even had symptoms; it was meant to be a light, newlywed movie
star/housewife's handbook, full of vignettes and witty observations; until, that is,
her diagnosis: Gilda Radner wrote that she now faced with a foe "mightier even than the
Interior Decorator"!) Before her definitive diagnosis, most of the physicians-- and
there were many-- gave
Gilda the medical equivilent of a "pat on the head", as you would a dis-
illusioned child, and sent her home. They wouldn't even TEST
for it when she asked them to do so, which was outrageous. When it was discovered too
late, they tried their best to cure her, but.... well, sadly, we all
know the outcome.Read more ›
The gifted comedienne's gripping, poignant, wrenching (and, yes, at times humorous) account of her fight with Ovarian cancer touched my heart, and I mourned her death even more fully. Ovarian cancer ended Gilda's life, but Radner's tragedy didn't begin and end there. The medical community failed Gilda. Her maligancy was not diagnosed until TEN MONTHS - that's right - nearly a near - after her symptoms began. By the time she underwent surgery in October 1986, she was at Stage IV in the illness - a time in which survival rates are distressingly low.
I'm angry. I was angry in July 1989 - and I'm still angry nearly 15 years later.
But the sorrow and regret do not mitigate the joys and beauty of Gilda's wonderful book. Her vulnerability, endearing childlike innocence, her abundant wit, her lovable nature, and her enduring kindness pervade "It's Always Something." And that's probably why I loved this book, even at the lowest point in my own life, when I was facing potential long-term hospitalization.
Luckily, I didn't have cancer, but I still relate - in spades - to Gilda's frustration with the medical establishment. I'm still fighting the condition diagnosed 15 years ago, and I still love and revere the beloved comedienne who inspired such loyalty from so many.
I adore Gilda Radner, and "It's Always Something" I'll carry in my heart.....forever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book loved this woman sad ending to an otherwise lovely lifePublished 4 months ago by pam shea
This book is lovely, honest and funny... just like Gilda herself. No matter how many times I've read it since its publication in 1989, it remains fresh, brave, and deeply moving.Published 4 months ago by jeff
One of the most heartbreaking but strong books I've ever read. What an emotional roller coaster. Gilda was an amazing woman!Published 5 months ago by Lynx
Read it years ago, loved it then. Looking forward to getting into it again.Published 6 months ago by Sandra
A must read for anyone who wants to know about her struggles with the Big "C" , or for anyone battling medical problems.
Easy reading, neither sad nor funny. Read more
It's a wonderful book, written by a very talented actress/comedienne, who tragically lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer after 10 months delay in getting it diagnosed so treatment... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dennis D. Bevers
Oh, Gilda. She was always funny even when life wasn't. Honest account of her battle with cancer written in a way only Gilda could.Published 9 months ago by Stacy H.
Gilda's book "It's always something" allows you a peek into not only how very hard it is to diagnose ovarian cancer but also the difficult treatments she had to endure. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen Wilbur