Fifteen years ago, Alice Hoffman received a diagnosis that changed everything about the life she'd been living. Most significant - aside from the grueling physical ordeal she underwent - was the way it changed how she felt inside and what she thought she ought to be doing with her days. Now she has written the book that she needed to read then.
In this honest, wise, and upbeat guide, Alice Hoffman provides a road map for the making of one's life into the very best it can be. As she says, "In many ways I wrote this book to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that's all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. There were many times when I forgot about roses and starry nights. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts sorrow and joy, and that it's impossible to have one without the other...I wrote to remind myself that in the darkest hour the roses still bloom, the stars still come out at night. And to remind myself that, despite everything that was happening to me, there were still some choices I could make."
©2013 Alice Hoffman. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2013 HighBridge Company
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This isn't really a book. It is more like a pamphlet. This entire book takes only 57 minutes to read and 5 minutes of that is instructions for knitting something. What little there was, I liked.
When your life is threatened, you start focusing on what is really important and what you want to do with your remaining time. Alice's list isn't unusual. I do wish she had talked about her diagnosis and treatment, After reading her "book", I still don't know her story.
"Beauty within brevity…"
This book is for survivors what Strunk and White's masterpiece is for writers. Read it, perhaps read it more than just three times. Digest. Read it again. Take some notes, then make some plans. Live.
A thoughtful and pleasurable reading of Hoffman's kindly and encouraging book which describes choices that readers can make to live fully through life's most traumatic events.
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