"Two years ago, while recovering from radiation therapy, Shea heard from a friend who was looking for help at her bookstore. Shea volunteered, seeing it as nothing more than a way to get out of her pajamas and back into the world. But over next twelve months, from St. Patrick’s Day through Poetry Month, graduation/Father’s Day/summer reading/Christmas and back again to those shamrock displays, Shea lived and breathed books in a place she says sells 'ideas, stories, encouragement, answers, solace, validation, the basic ammunition for daily life.' Her work was briefly interrupted by an author tour that took her to other great bookstores. Descriptions of these and her memories of book-lined rooms reaching all the way back to childhood visits to the Bookmobile are scattered throughout this charming, humorous, and engrossing account of reading and rejuvenation."
"A source of humor, strength, inspiration, and education, the book will speak to anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, supported someone with cancer, or faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge. A celebration of friendship and of living life to the fullest, it is also a book that will encourage women everywhere to be proactive with their health--and realize that no one is 'too young' for breast cancer."
"...breast cancer survivor Wendi Pedicone prescribes her own unique brand of optimism through her honest, unabashed account of her journey from diagnosis to recovery. Sparing no detail, she candidly reveals her emotions and feelings as she faces one of the greatest challenges of her life. Also throughout the book are the comments of her family, friends, coworkers, and medical professionals, who offer frank and insightful reactions to Wendi's experience."
"Each chapter includes: A Sister Shares-stories from breast cancer 'sister,' Mentoring Moment-lessons learned, helpful hints, encouragement, God's Love Letter to You-paraphrased scripture for you to personalize, Journaling Guides-encouraging prompts to help you journal your own breast cancer journey..."
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Mary Olsen Kelly
"Heartwarming accounts of courageous women who found the strength to battle cancer with endless hope, unwavering faith and steadfast determination will empower readers to take charge of their healing process, adopt a positive attitude, and motivate them to fight and persevere in the face of what may seem like insurmountable odds."
"Compiled by the daughter of a mother lost to breast cancer, this touching book of stories and recipes celebrates not only the delicious and creative ways in which our mothers fed our bodies over the years, but also - and most importantly - the innumerable ways in which our mothers fed our hearts and souls."
Libraries are my passion in life. Before I became mayor, I used to sneak out here during lunch time...and I'd go to a corner and take a book -- any book almost -- and read it for a while, and then feel rejuvenated.