Three Book Reviews: Reading About Women's Experiences of Breast Cancer

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Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-06-26


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naked imperfection: a memoir by Gillian Deacon, Penguin Canada, 2014 - Review by Suzanne Elston

naked imperfection: a memoir, is smart, arrogant and heartbreakingly funny. It chronicles Gillian Deacon’s descent into the terrifying world of cancer through a series of family stories, personal reflections and experiences as a breast cancer patient. >>>Read more

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But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer by Tamara Levine, Second Story Press, 2012 - Review by Anne Rochon Ford

With But Hope is Longer, Tamara Levine joins a growing number of Canadian feminists writing first-person accounts of breast cancer. Sharon Batt’s ground-breaking Patient No More: The Politics of Breast Cancer (Gynergy/Ragweed Press, 1994) was perhaps the first of this group, tackling the idea that a breast cancer “industry” was having an important impact on the information that is—and is not—passed on to breast cancer patients.   >>>Read more

My Soul is Among Lions by Ellen Leopold, Valley Green Press, 2014 - Review by Abby Lippman

Ellen Leopold is a longstanding breast cancer activist who has written extensively—essays as well as a groundbreaking book, A Darker Ribbon: Breast cancer, Women, and Their Doctors in the Twentieth Century (Diane Pub Co, 1999)—on the topic. In her recent book, My Soul Is Among Lions, she offers readers a series of her past essays from 1996 to 2012—most from the earlier years—that touch on what she calls the "backstories" of the disease, adding several brief updates to make some entries more current.   >>>Read more