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Cancer Is a Bitch

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Gail Konop Baker
Cancer Is a Bitch
Or, I’d Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis)
Tuesday, September 30th 7:30PM
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
www.keplers.com

Based on her popular Literary Mama column, the author’s raw, moving account of juggling midlife, motherhood, and marriage with a rogue boob.

Baker is busy on her novel—with a protagonist she happens to have
diagnosed with breast cancer—when real life intervenes. Shocked by
a diagnosis of breast cancer herself, the 45-year-old mother of three
begins a yearlong struggle to combat and comprehend the turn her
life has taken. As Baker grapples with the demands of motherhood
and marriage, she also begins a relentless search to find the cause
of her disease and head off its recurrence in the future. In this heart- felt memoir, Baker proves to be both humorous and compassionate, as when a friend is diagnosed with colon cancer.

“Gail Konop Baker is a knock-out writer who cracks me up one
minute then brings me to tears the next. Her beautiful, funny, feisty,poignant memoir isn't just an inspiration for cancer patients and their families—but for all of us. There is so much wisdom between these pages, yet the story is told without an ounce of self pity or a trace of triteness. In the end, this tale is a testament to how precarious and priceless life is, and how each of us needs to live it to the fullest, starting right now.” — Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief

This reading is a benefit for Breast Cancer Connections


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.


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