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Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters Paperback – February 16, 2012
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One man’s funny, bittersweet memoir of physical and marital collapse and rebirth. When his doctors find a small smudge on one of 40-year-old TV production company owner Solomon’s lungs during a routine physical, they at first discount its significance. Even later, after other tests, they’re professionally circumspect: “They describe things in dimensions and locations, and from these various ellipses you have to draw the picture yourself.” The picture is cancer, and before readers of Solomon’s engaging and ultimately redemptive (as he puts it, “I’m happy to be around to watch you laugh, believe me”) memoir have progressed very far into his tale, the cancer has metastasized. Solomon, in the middle of a strained marriage and trying to be a good father to his 6-year-old son, Luke, feels like “the protagonist in a cruel and bitter joke.” What follows this initial diagnosis and precipitate worsening will be familiar to anybody who’s ever known (or been) a cancer patient: an endless round of tests, procedures, CAT scans and catheters, all of which Solomon describes with a sharp clarity leavened by warm, inclusive wit. Solomon endures the horrors of his own situation with plenty of psychological help from the camaraderie he finds with other patients: “You find you’ve got endless company. Everybody’s got something.” Solomon skillfully intertwines the medical with the emotional, affectingly describing the toll his illness takes on his already fragile family; the chapter “Telling Luke” is a small masterpiece in depicting a father-son bond under unthinkable pressure. Through the whole account, Solomon is both a remarkably smart guide and a very entertaining one. There is no pathos in these pages, and that will move readers all the more.
A quietly powerful, assured debut.
"A funny, fabulous book." -- Fran Drescher Televison star and author of Cancer Schmancer
“I'm exceedingly sorry Michael Solomon got cancer. But I'm exceedingly happy he chose to share his tale with us. He manages to squeeze a huge amount of humor from this seemingly depressing topic, weaving in thoughts on marriage, fatherhood, surgery and improbable crushes on medical personnel.” -- A.J. Jacobs Bestselling author of The-Know-It-All and The Year Of Living Biblically
" We can be hit with so much that eventually all we can do is laugh about it. "Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce, and Other Looming Disasters" is a humorous memoir from Michael Solomon who presents his own journey into the joys of fighting cancer and how everything else about life threw itself at him at the same time, and how he emerged from it all laughing. "Now It's Funny" provides its own inspiration, and is well worth considering. " -- Midwest Book Review
“I am a cancer survivor and was sick with the flu when I read this book, yet Michael Solomon still made me laugh. Making a sick person laugh is a gift. Being able to find humor when you’re sick yourself, well, that’s an even greater gift. I’m thankful Michael Solomon shared his gifts in “Now It’s Funny,” a heartfelt, accurate, and hilarious recounting of surviving cancer and a few other of life’s hurdles.” - Teresa J. Rhyne, author of "The Dog Lived (and So Will I)."
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"My survival is all contained in my story," Solomon says, and his story is laced with crucial life lessons. Throughout his harrowing trip through the cosmic dunking booth, he remains clear-eyed, honest with himself, firmly connected to his funny bone, and focused on putting one sure or shaky foot in front of the other. "I'm nervous," he writes of his forthcoming biopsy," though not in a shaky, hard way. I just feel like I'm wearing a hat, even though I'm not."
Throughout, he musters strength through his deep, abiding love for his son, his friends and family, and above all, through his own remarkable strength and humanity. This is a beautifully-rendered, unforgettable book.
I kind of envied his ability to make friends so easily. And these friends really helped during his disasters. I wish Michael would write another book on how to develop friendships. It seems to come natural and easy for him, but a lot of us are not so lucky (least I'm not).
Highly recommend. And the kindle price is much easier on the wallet then the physical book price. I read it on a kindle with keyboard model, and it looked and worked great. The ability to easily look up words, really came in handy during some of the medical jargon.
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