Lopsided (This Book Is Wonderfully Distracting)

9780143115632HJust sat down with some afternoon caffeine to finish my latest read, Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting, a memoir by Meredith Norton.  This is exactly the kind of book that I love to read, as it combines two of my favorite pastimes: laughing inappropriately while traveling on the subway, and laughing inappropriately at serious and uncomfortable subjects.

Her point of view is fantastic because she never makes any pretensions about having some kind of enlightenment, or becoming a stronger/weaker person, because of her harrowing cancer experience.  Just because something threatened her way of life, doesn’t mean that her way of thinking changed (although there are poignant moments too).  And trust me, her way of thinking is hilarious!

“Every day of chemo that I ate a Krispy Kreme doughnut or took a nap instead of doing yoga I cursed Lance Armstrong and his toned abs, tiny butt, and three kinds of cancer.  ‘F you, Lance Armstrong.” I muttered as I sucked down my Dr. Pepper, “You can park your bike right here and kiss my ass.’ ” (p. 133)

(Plus, a FAB graphic cover design, yes?)

Similar Things I Like:

I Was Told There’s Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley (my hero!)

Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris (classic classic)

– Oh, and anything, anything Sarah Vowell!

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