Powerful Memoirs by Powerful Women
These fierce tales
about the lives of women will leave you astonished—and ready to face
just about anything.
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I'm Just a Person
It sounds like a
really bad joke. You're in constant pain and are diagnosed as having a Clostridium
difficile (C-diff) infection; then your madcap mother has a bad fall, goes into
a coma and dies. Still clutching your stomach in agony, you split up with your
girlfriend, you're diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and you get a double
mastectomy. Hilarious, right? Actually, yes. In 2012, at age 41, stand-up comic
and recording artist Tig Notaro greeted an audience with the following
now-famous words: "Hello. Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?
Hi. How are you? Is everyone having a good time? I have cancer." She
brought down the house. "Everyone, including me, was living moment to
moment, processing raw truths in the dark," she writes in this moving,
funny, achingly honest memoir, in which she riffs on God ("During my
wretched four months, I heard ‘God never gives you more than you can handle'
way more than I could handle"), the school system (she resolutely flunked
eighth grade—twice) and her own wild insecurities. Considering her
troubled childhood and her current soul-soothing marriage, she marvels at the
staying power of love, even when the lights grow dim.
— Cathy Medwick