Lopsided by Meredith Norton (Viking / On-Sale: June 16)
From the publisher: Lopsided is not your ordinary cancer memoir. Meredith Norton chronicles every step of her experience, starting with her bizarre symptoms while living in Paris to moving back home to California and living with her compulsive parents and their five television sets. Irreverent and incredibly funny, Norton rails against self-pity and victimhood and rants about the innumerable copies of Lance Armstrong’s cancer survival book pressed on her by well-meaning family and friends.
Alongside the harrowing portrait of her treatments, Norton offers equally amusing memories from her offbeat life. We see her childhood time during a somewhat racist ski trip, a family reunion at a Florida alligator farm, and her life in a tree house with a neighbor, who, despite being vegan, hates mice enough to taxidermy them into miniature versions of racecar drivers, Jesus, a UPS delivery man, and Sally Jesse Raphael.
Buy it at Amazon.
In my early corporate days some self-help guru was advising people to track the time they “wasted” on frivolous activities by determining what the net value of each minute is. I believe at the time I made so little it would’ve only made me want to work less by doing the figuring, but you know big corporations thrive on just this type of statistic. Sure, you get a little behind when your server crashes at work, or say your wi-fi signal is too weak to actually work in bed, ahem, but Amazon purportedly loses a whopping $31,000 per minute that their site is down. Ouch. Very ouch.
Our TBR pile is nice and thick and juicy. Look for the following upcoming reviews on A/B!
Secrets of A Shoe Addict, by Beth Harbison
This is Not A Book, by Michale Picard
You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise L. Hay
Necklace of Kisses, by Francesca Lia block
Goddess for Hire, by Sonia Singh
Wives Behaving Badly, by Elizabeth Buchan
More Notes from the Universe, by Mike Dooley
How to Be Single, by Liz Tuccillo
Finding Your Own North Star, Marth Beck
First line: “Melvin worked as a middle manager at IBM, and a miserable middle manager Melvin made.”
I’ve been a Beck fan ever since her first Oprah appearance, and many O articles later, I finally read the book, which proved to me why she was on Oprah in the first place. She’s spot-on, direct and relevant. Her quiz upfront told me I’d already found my North Star, but I still enjoyed reading it nonetheless.
For: The every-day folks who don’t buy into new-agey advice but just want to live a more meaningful life. –Malena Lott
First line: “The basic fact is that all sentient beings, particularly human beings, want happiness and do not want pain and suffering.”
You can’t quite call this book pocket-sized since it is a small square hard-cover that’s heavier than it looks. But I’m fairly sure the book told me not to complain, so let’s overlook the aesthetics and get right to the good stuff – the words. I love that each page contains a truth or story about wisdom, so even if you just read one per day, you may find yourself a bit more enlightened, and wise, without realizing it.
For: general reflection on goodness and wisdom in all situations – Malena Lott
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