I have received a number of books recently that I hope to review in the coming months. Since we have added so many new blogs since last year and have new readers, I am considering another shot at our Cancer Book Club. I know people were participating but it was hard to determine how many and how consistently readers checked in. Comments were consistent but few in number. We did have good participation from most of the authors, even the actor Evan Handler.
I may try to think of different formats. Last year we did a book a month, dividing it into four sections with a discussion each Monday. I may try just one monthly discussion. I might also investigate a forum mechanism. Another idea would be a follow-up interview with the writer based on my questions as well as questions from Being Cancer Network readers. I will be re-posting the Book Club page under the “Community” heading. Take a look and let me know what everyone thinks.
In the meantime, these are some of the titles that have arrived in my mailbox:
~ Home Before Dark: a family portrait of cancer and healing by David, Kate, Michael and Sam Treadway. This is a story of a psychologist and his physician wife, and how they and their adult children deal with his diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
~ From Incurable to Incredible: cancer survivors who beat the odds by blogger Tami Boehmer. Tami is a two-time breast cancer survivor. The book tracks the stories of twenty-seven survivors with different types of cancers.
~ Breastless in the City: a young woman’s story of love, loss, and breast cancer by Cathy Bueti, another cancer blogger. The subtitle pretty well sums it up.
~ Stand By Her: a breast cancer guide for men by John Anderson.
~ Cancer Healing Odyssey: the remarkable story of Sun Hee’s ongoing recovery from stage IV ovarian cancer by Sarto Schickel. A Korean woman, her American husband and their story of conventional plus alternative healing approaches to a dire diagnosis.
~ Killing Cancer: the remarkable anticancer effects of antidepressants by Julian Lieb, MD