It Takes a Worried Man [NOOK Book]

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An unsentimental, unsparing and surprisingly funny account of cancer in the family. "When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, I joked that I couldn't decide between overeating and alcoholism as a coping strategy. My wife suggested I write about it instead. She is always right. I couldn't write a cloying, sentimental story of inspiring courage, so instead I wrote what was real to me -- fear, lust, annoyance, love, fatigue, resentment, existential terror, horror movies, alcohol and country music. It's not ...
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It Takes a Worried Man

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Overview

An unsentimental, unsparing and surprisingly funny account of cancer in the family. "When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, I joked that I couldn't decide between overeating and alcoholism as a coping strategy. My wife suggested I write about it instead. She is always right. I couldn't write a cloying, sentimental story of inspiring courage, so instead I wrote what was real to me -- fear, lust, annoyance, love, fatigue, resentment, existential terror, horror movies, alcohol and country music. It's not pretty, but it is real. I hope you like it"
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Boston Sunday Globe - Book Critic
Raw, Undisciplined, and frequently very funny.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014829755
  • Publisher: Brendan Halpin
  • Publication date: 8/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 1,167,254
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Brendan Halpin is a writer and a teacher. This was his first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Heartbreakingly honest and real

    My husband and I read this book together after I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. This book captures the many ups and downs of the world of the cancer survivor and the man who loves her. We laughed and cried our way through it and knew that somewhere out there someone knew exactly how we felt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Mr Halpin Remeber me Andrew

    Mr. Halpin i am not sure u remeber me but u taught me in city on a hill in 9th grade. I bought ur book and u signed it for me. You were the best teacher i have ver had and i was sad when u left. You made learning fun 2 me and my peers. I am now a junior (November 10th 2003) and i always tell my english teacher about how good ur class was. I read ur book 2 times and it makes me so happy that i had a chance to be taught by such a wonderful man. 'Class of 2004'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Hits so close to home..

    This book is unbelievably real. I'm the sister of a breast cancer patient and bought this book for my brother-in-law. This guy IS my brother-in-law!! The similarities are wild..I thought this book was tremendous!! Write On, Man!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    heartbreaking yet humorous

    Mr. Halpin was my English teacher in high school for three years. He was always an inspirational figure in the midst of high school turmoil and confusion. I read this book in three days and found that the humor and sarcasm used as a way of coping with the sadness of the situation to be incredibly affective as the book progressed. Not many people can tell such a story and still be positive and humorous in light of such tragic circumstances. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to smile and laugh at the obstacles life throws at you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    the perfect antidote

    This book is a wonderfully engrossing account of a dreadful experience. Everyone who has come close to losing a loved one (and those who have not) should read Halpin's story. It is at once chillingly dark and hysterically funny and in the end triumphant. It's a valuable read about the meaning of life without being preachy or maudlin. This may be Halpin's first book, but it won't (and should not be) his last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    This is an outstanding book

    I saw this book recommended on the Rosie O'Donnell show and thought that it sounded interesting. It is FANTASTIC! I was impressed and moved by this man's honesty and integrity. He never painted himself as a saint and was frank about his struggles with his wife's cancer. I was cheering for his wife and felt so moved by his love and commitment to his daughter. This is just a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2002

    Buy this book! It's great!

    Even though it sounds cliche, I have to say it: This book made me laugh and it made me cry. It's the truth. Not many books can say the same, as I tend to be a tough critic. You won't regret the money spent on this book, and I highly recommend it. It's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2002

    This book is amazing!!!!

    My teacher Mr. Halpin wrote this book although I did not read it yet ,When I read his reviwes I now cannot wait to read his book! They all say it is great and I belive them He can do a lot of good this , this is surely one of them. I hope he make's it big in this world his is a really nice person and is very smar and patient. I am so proud to his one of his english student and I am proud that he is my teacher. He the best - Sequoia 9th Class Don't forget lil'ol' Sequoia when you get all big and famous,Okay! Mr. Halpin I just wanted to thank you for being such the Great Teacher you are. I'll miss you a whole lot next year:( But I will always remeber you and the things that you taught me. I will never forget you ;) I belive in you you can do many thing and already have. You are a very great rolemodle. Sequoia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2002

    Funny...

    My English teacher wrote this book. I am only on page 88 but so far it is very funny. I like it because the chapters are short and it's an easy read. Thanks Mr. Haplin for being my teacher! (ok, I know that sounds corny, but it's true)

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