Reading and Writing Cancer: How Words Heal

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Gubar is an acclaimed memoirist and literary critic. Together with Sandra M. Gilbert, she was awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBCC. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.


In this ambitious and inspiring book, her discussion--happily, in nonacademic language--combines with up-to-date research confirming that writing heals both mind and body. It adds up to a convincing argument that words heal, and you--even if you haven't written a thing since high school--can tap into the power of words.
Susan Gubar has given us a wonderful tour of cancer through the written word. There is something for everyone from the newly diagnosed wanting an outlet to understand their disease to the scholar looking for a summary of cancer writing, to the blogger! Should be required reading for all doctors and patients!--Dr. Susan Love, M.D., author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
The book I wish I'd had beside me as I embarked on my own journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment. For, more than any other book I've read, it helps us understand precisely what it is that writing can help us accomplish during the most difficult time of our lives, and...understand that we are not alone.--Louise DeSalvo
Beyond surviving, the greatest challenge after a cancer diagnosis is learning how to live as fully as possible. Gubar's book shows us how reading and writing about living with cancer can help.--Wendy S. Harpham, MD, author of Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor