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)
I was sitting behind my husband on a long motorcycle ride and we were each listening to our own thing thru our helmets. He was listening to The Economist, and I was listening to Julia Sweeney. Guess who kept laughing out loud the whole way home!
Julia Sweeney is an amazing storyteller and comedian. She can take you on a journey through some big issues and make you laugh along the way. The beautiful thing is that the laughs are real, but they do not take anything away from the gravity of the events in the story. She's an amazing talent.
In this particular piece of work Julia takes us through the trials of her brother dying of cancer, being diagnosed with cancer herself, and having her parents come to live with her. It's both touching and hilarious in a way that I don't think many other artists could create.
She is taking a not so funny Life experience, and turning it into a laughable thing.
I share some of this experience. If it is not one thing It is another, and could empathize..It seems when trouble comes it really multiplies!
It was reasonably entertaining, but never really, really sad or really, really funny. I don't regret buying it, but after listening to it, I decided I did not need to listen to her other books.
Julia Sweeney is VERY funny, and this remembrance of her life is mostly funny. When it isn't funny, it's touching. We were on a long trip as a family & the teenagers & the adults all really enjoyed it. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that it isn't long enough! So don't spend a whole credit, but DO spend yer money on this.
Julia goes through her life and what led to her decision to laugh at God. My advice is if your not ready to see the wizard behind the curtain then stay away. If you want a look at life differently then this is for you.
There are long empty spaces on this recording. The speaker is not pausing, there are at least half a dozen blank spots on the recording, no background sound. Weird. The the story is pretty good and very funny at times if you like dark humor.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
This is a bit more sober than Letting Go of God, but still keeps an up lift through it all. I see the lesson in keeping one's humor in the dull light of hell on earth. Life is tough enough, keep up the wit and sly grins, Julia. We all should.
I love the way she tells the story, she makes you laugh at the same time she shares her life experiences and how she overcame what she had to go through and go on with her life. Truly enjoyable.
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