Just weeks before Mike died, Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer (what Mike called her "sympathy cancer"), and within days of burying her brother she underwent a radical hysterectomy, beginning her own journey through "the International House of Cancer".
Drawing from these Job-like travails, Julia wrote this remarkably funny and touching monologue about a family that managed to persevere with humor, grace, and love.
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"A grand achievement...a lesson in love and tolerance." (USA Today)
"Sweeney offers living proof that laughter is the only revenge." (The San Francisco Chronicle)
This book confirms that true stories are the most poignant and the funniest.
My pre-teen daughter, teen son and I listened to Julia's story five or six times during a cross-country road trip, cracking us up through 7 states. Several passages have entered our family's lexicon.
Thanks Julia for helping us deal with the loss of our husband/father. There is still plenty to laugh about!
What an enjoyable listen -- I felt like I was catching up with a long-lost friend. Sad to hear the tragic parts, reassured and ever-so-pleased that after everything, she's emerged from it all in good enough spirits to retell it with such tenderness and humour.
Julia is an excellent story teller! Sad, sad time in her life but this funny woman has the ability to find and spread humor and absurdity while discovering her family and her own humanness
Mark and Jeanne Sulzbach
Today, I went to a wake. Feeling melancholy, I saw the ones my wife had bought from Audible. Seeing this one, I thought it was very appropriate. Julia is a great narrator of her own story. She is witty and sweet. You should get this one.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I think this book is totally for SNL fans. 'Pat' isn't doing it for me.
If you really enjoy listening to live comedy AND you like Saturday Night Live, then this book is for you. I'm having a hard time with poking fun at one's family in this fashion.
Sorry everyone. I know you don't like my few stars but would you allow me to not enjoy this? Call it my crazy moment, but allow me to choose my own 5 star books. Ok?
She tells the story very well...
the audio book kept skipping at the end of the point she was getting to ... I do not know if that was on purpose or just a glitch....I want to return the book and get something else.
It's hard to describe the events in Julia's book without wanting to close the shades and crawl under the covers into the fetal position. Julia finds humor and grace in even the most dire situation. She puts all her frustration and grief forward in such a way that makes you want to simultaneously laugh and cry. All the foibles of her family members pale compared to their strength in dealing with the illness and death of her beloved brother Mike. Her own stress reaction is her itching desire to get out of the house away from her relatives, smoke, and buy the Pope's new book. Even this little task goes awry in the most hilarious of ways. Her own health becomes an issue when she is diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer- so rare that even getting her slides away from the research lab is a chore. An enjoyable chore, when she meets the scientist working on her form of cancer. This is a great audiobook for anyone dealing with a difficult situation, but this is also full of enough heartwarming laughs for anyone at all.
"The best example of a health coping mechanisms."
It's important to note, a lot of the material in this book was recorded at the un-cabaret. There is a lesson in this book; find a healthy way to vent and express yourself.
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