Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood: Pledging the Pink Sorority
Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45,Joanna Chapman confides what it's really like to join the pink ribbon sorority. The author guides the reader through Cancerland, whispering advice as she tackles rugged emotional terrain and unexpected detours, revealing why you should accept those foil-covered casseroles and when to give out "Stupid Passes" for well-meaning but clueless comments. More
"Several years ago, my gravity-challenged, middle-aged boobs started attracting more attention than those belonging to a Hooters waitress. The guys checking me out, unfortunately, all wore white coats...and I ended up as a pledge of the pink ribbon sorority nobody wants to join.
Yet, somehow, I found humor in unlikely situations, such as when before one more surgery, the nurse warned me not to use hairspray. Forgoing the Aquanet? That is so not a problem with a peach fuzz coiffure. Bad hair day? No, more like a bad hair year."
"A pitch-perfect blend of humor, hope, and help for those extradited to Cancerland. And for those of us who aren't, 'Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood' is a unique memoir that reads like a novel...the story of a spunky, flawed, hilarious 45-year-old woman trying to find the normal in a life that is anything but." - Barbara Claypole White, author of "The Unfinished Garden"
"Joanna Chapman's wise and hilarious 'Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood' just shot to the top of my list of essential reading for breast cancer patients and the people who love them. It's that rare resource that combines huge heart and meaningful help. The voice is fresh, witty and frank...the pragmatic Secrets are spot-on." - Joni Rodgers, New York Times bestselling author of "Bald in the Land of Big Hair"
"Joanna Chapman writes, if cancer is a 'gift, it's a tacky and passive-aggressive one.' Her book, on the other hand, is a fantastic gift for anyone confronting this insidious disease: honest, poignant and deeply, darkly funny." -Marc Silver, author of "Breast Cancer Husband" and co-author of "My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks"
"A funny, honest memoir of breast cancer...Short chapters lead the reader through her doctor's appointments, quiet family moments, unexpected hospital stays and the emotional highs and lows of her battle with cancer. The author often refers to how her offbeat sense of humor helped her cope, and it comes through clearly in these pages...'Divine Secrets' and quick tips are tucked into the narrative via text boxes...One of the memoir's strengths is the author's determination to confound readers' expectations...An engaging story of one woman's cancer fight." - Kirkus Indie Reviews
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