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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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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.
As painful as the author described his medical tests and the surgeries themselves, he wasn't exaggerating one bit. As a veteran of nine surgeries, I'll vouch for the accuracy of his descriptions. His hatred of the infamous Foley catheter is understandable, but he was able to make light of it: "I take my penis seriously, even if no one else does." And when the doctors would not release him after one test until he had a successful bowel movement, in exchange for letting him go, he promised to e-mail the doctor a photo of his next bowel movement (it worked). You have to like someone who thinks like that.
The author tells a remarkable story of his trials and triumphs. One of the most difficult things about having cancer and separating from his wife was telling his young son Luke. When should he tell him, how should he tell him, and how would Luke respond?
And to answer the vital question of why did he get cancer not only once but twice, the author makes a startling discovery that may hold the answers.
Now It's Funny is a well written memoir that I enjoyed reading very much.
While he faces his battle with cancer, Mr. Solomon's humor remains intact. One of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments was an alliteration on broccoli, "your lovely leaves are lobed like lyres." With an incredible balance, he faces illness, divorce, and 9-11 with deep insight and great patience, while never wandering far from the basic truth: He could die.
Having been asked "how do you feel?" so many times, 9-11 gives him a worthy explanation that I can honestly say describes my feelings when I learned of my father's illness. "I feel I've become a witness to a world I once felt a part of ... Where do I apply for parole, or a pardon, or whatever else gets you out of this mess and gives you a second chance, or a reprieve, or a break? ... How can I go back in time and just shift the whole world into reverse for a few seconds so I can prepare and make a move?"
This is an excellent book for anyone dealing with cancer, in any form. Honest, unapologetic, and haunting.
(Review written by Charlene, a Literary R&R book review blog team member)
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