Cancer, I'll Give You One Year
"Cancer, I'll Give You One Year: A Non-Informative Guide To Breast Cancer, A Writer's Memoir In Almost Real Time" is not about eating kale. The book is 100% narrative nonfiction and 0% self-help. It was actually written for the author's children in case she died. This sounds morbid, but maybe "pointed" and "candid" are better words. Embracing candor as an aesthetic, this real-time story hits upon the sacred, the profane, a trip to Epcot, a colonoscopy, her kids' responses to everything and O. J. Simpson's parole hearing. Writing-centric, voice-driven and conscious of a death sentence — no diets or exercises are offered, but the author may give horrible parenting advice. It's undoubtedly funny, but also a meditation on meaning.
Praise for this book
"The truth of the matter is also that this is a gut-honest book that will make you laugh and squirm and get nose-prickly with tears and want to run every pink-ribboned marathon in support of cancer research. I can think of few other books in which the author has bared her heart as wholly and generously as Spiegel has in these pages."
"Confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer, Jennifer Spiegel decides to do what she knows best — she writes her story. It's an unflinchingly honest story of the fears, frustrations, pains of treatment and worries of a young wife and mother. Her authentic voice, her sense of humor and her willingness to acknowledge her flaws make this a unique and beautiful memoir."