Book Review: Flat by Catherine Guthrie

Catherine Guthrie’s memoir Flat is a smart and beautifully written story that takes the reader on a journey through the land of the healthy and the sick as she faces breast cancer. As this young woman bobs around in a sea of medical uncertainty, she eventually reclaims her body, her life, and her sense . . . → Read More: Book Review: Flat by Catherine Guthrie

Book Review: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer by Janet Maker

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer is a concise and well-written gift for women navigating the medical system and trying to make better-informed decisions. Based on her personal experience with breast cancer and well-honed investigative and critical thinking skills, Janet Maker Ph.D. offers readers a full spectrum of insights, resources, and even warnings when . . . → Read More: Book Review: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer by Janet Maker

Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Death is certain. Time of death is not. But in Hospital Land USA, the other S&M (Science and Medicine) as Wendy Simonds calls it, death is a failure, something to be suspended and avoided at whatever cost. And there is no safe word. The surreal ordinariness of it all – from appointments and forms to . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Book Review: Hiding Politics in Plain Sight

“In a commercial social movement, activists work cooperatively with industry rather than contentiously against it; they employ market mechanisms like cause marketing and corporate-sponsored runs rather than defiant protests or marches. Necessarily conservative… it is a continuation of rather than a sharp break from the past.” — Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hiding Politics in Plain Sight

Book Review: Reading & Writing Cancer

“For those who survive and those who do not.”

That is the dedication Susan Gubar gives to her new book, Reading & Writing Cancer: How Words Heal. The straight-forward acknowledgement that some people with cancer survive and others do not, suggests instantly that this book is not be about drippy cancer stories floating rhetoric of . . . → Read More: Book Review: Reading & Writing Cancer

Book Review: Cancer Was Not A Gift, And It Didn't Make Me A Better Person

Nancy Stordahl is a former educator, breast cancer blogger at NancysPoint, and a friend of mine. I was delighted to get my signed copy of her self-published memoir Cancer Was Not A Gift & It Didn’t Make Me A Better Person, about her personal experiences with breast cancer. Some of these I already knew about . . . → Read More: Book Review: Cancer Was Not A Gift, And It Didn’t Make Me A Better Person

So Much To Be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

The power behind the national organization Breast Cancer Action, Barbara Brenner brought an abundance of wit, courage, and clarity to the cause and forever changed the conversation. Brenner’s columns and blog posts, collected in So Much to Be Done, form a chronicle of breast cancer research and health care activism that is as inspiring as . . . → Read More: So Much To Be Done:The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

Book Review: Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person

Computer trainer Miriam Engelberg had always been a voracious reader of comics, from the popular satire of Mad Magazine to the more literary and autobiographical comics written by Harvey Pekar, Lynda Barry and others. Following the birth of her son Aaron, she set out to create a few panels of her own to spoof the . . . → Read More: Book Review: Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book

About every five years, Dr. Susan Love MD, MBA fully revises and updates her comprehensive yet accessible book on breast cancer, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book. Now in its 6th edition, the book continually reflects ongoing changes in scientific and clinical understandings of breast cancer and relies on the most current information to help readers . . . → Read More: Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

Shaping Women's Lives: Our Bodies, Ourselves

How one book shaped women’s health for forty years, and counting.

Our Bodies, Ourselves — published by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (1971) — has long been hailed as the “women’s health bible.” Envisioning women as informed and self-determined, capable of making empowered decisions, the book placed women’s health in a new socio-political context and . . . → Read More: Shaping Women’s Lives: Our Bodies, Ourselves

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