Life, Love, and Beating the Odds
By Dan Shapiro
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375708015, 256pp.)
Publication Date: September 11, 2001
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A young man battles Hodgkin's disease and survives--with more than a little help from his Mom--in this wry and uplifting memoir about life, love, and beating the odds.
When Dan Shapiro's decidely anti-drug mom put aside her convictions and grew marijuana in her backyard garden (behind a discrete screen of sunflowers), he learned that in the face of a crisis we all have the opportunity to decide what is most important to us. In this hilarious, high-spirited, sometimes harrowing memoir, Shapiro invites us into his battle with cancer, his romance with an oncology nurse, his journey through graduate school, and his most important life lessons. He tells his story with wit and grace and indomitable spirit, showing us that only when the rhythm of life is stirred violently are able to discover its full beauty.
Dr. Shapiro is a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered . He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
"A page-turner filled with exquisite drama, deeply personal insight and?delightful, quirky humor."
--Arizona Daily Star
"Part memoir, part social commentary, part medical journal and entirely wonderful."
--Fort Worth Star Telegram
"An engaging, thoughtful, and funny account from a first-rate writer."
--Andrew Weil, M.D.