My So-Called Normal Life

Overview

"Twenty-three years old and fresh out of college, in love with her boyfriend Nick, and having just started a great new job as assistant editor at Glamour magazine, Erin Zammett was looking forward to a future of unlimited promise - until she was confronted by the one experience that no person, young or old, is ever prepared to face.  A routine checkup by her doctor seemed to indicate that she was in perfect health, until she was called back just a day later to be told that a blood test revealed she had a type of cancer, Chronic Myelogenous
... See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (31) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $4.39   
  • Used (24) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

"Twenty-three years old and fresh out of college, in love with her boyfriend Nick, and having just started a great new job as assistant editor at Glamour magazine, Erin Zammett was looking forward to a future of unlimited promise - until she was confronted by the one experience that no person, young or old, is ever prepared to face.  A routine checkup by her doctor seemed to indicate that she was in perfect health, until she was called back just a day later to be told that a blood test revealed she had a type of cancer, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, the only known treatment for which was a bone marrow transplant; without treatment, she had roughly five years to live.
    After the initial shock wore off, and with the support of her family and friends, her own inner strength, and a recently approved experimental drug, Zammett immediately began the journey that would lead her to recovery.  She began to document her experiences to provide an outlet for the thoughts that came rushing to confront the brave new world she had entered, and the result, My So-Called Normal Life, is a memoir of unparalleled candor and poignancy, encompassing much more than leukemia and the battle to overcome it.  Above all, it's the story of a twenty-something living her dream life amid the unlimited excitement and adventure of Manhattan and confronting the challenges of life and her new job - battling cancer-with unbounded courage and optimism."
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zammett had a job at Glamour, a cute boyfriend and a Manhattan apartment. She also had leukemia. Her memoir about battling cancer while also helping her sister plan her wedding and editing beauty and sex stories will provide young women in her predicament an account to identify with. Zammett tells her story as if she were recounting it to a girlfriend on the phone, and dwells on mundanities like family dynamics and her diet. Her humor is the book's strength; when she finds out her sister may donate bone marrow to cure her, she writes, "I made a mental note to start being nicer to Meghan." Laughter, not surprisingly, is an antidote to despair, yet real pain and suffering are largely absent from this memoir. Zammett mentions her weight more often than her mortality: "I'd find myself more anxious about the number of pounds I weighed than the number of leukemia cells swimming through my body." In the end, readers who've never experienced the profundity of a potentially deadly disease are left with no more insight, perhaps because Zammett isn't, either: "I also felt I had failed the disease in some way, failed to have that newfound perspective on life that I thought came with every diagnosis." Agents, Ed Victor and William Clark. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cancer chronicle from a young Glamour editor that manages to be loutish and unlovely. The unspeakable happened to Zammett, an attractive 23-year-old with a fashionable magazine job in New York City, a strong Irish family on Long Island and a loving boyfriend. After a routine medical checkup, she was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). This mysterious cancer is neither hereditary nor caused by environmental factors; Zammett's oncologist likened contracting CML to being hit by lightning. The only known cure, her doctor explained, was a bone marrow transplant that required a genetically matched donor, had a 15 percent mortality rate and rendered survivors infertile. On the other hand, there was the miraculous, newly FDA-approved experimental drug Gleevec, which killed the cancer cells and left the others intact, though it did not cure the disease. The author and her parents embarked for the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, where the drug trial took place. They were accompanied by a photo crew, because Zammett was writing a cancer diary for her magazine. "A Glamour staffer shares her battle to live," regrettably, suggests this book's overall level of insight and profundity. Certainly we're relieved to read that within a year Zammett's cancer was in deep remission. But despite the narrative's inherent drama and suspense, it's hard to get around the trashy colloquialisms of this University of Tennessee party girl. Each paragraph, it seems, has its own equivalent of the egregiously lazy ("I had pretty much learned to suck up the suckiness of the shots"), while vulgarisms from "fuck," to "butt crack" abound. Of the many grossly superficial statements made in heraffluent, competitive family, perhaps the most offensive is: "With cancer treatment . . . it's all about who you know." It's no surprise that when her sister is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, they invoke the "healing power of shopping" and splurge on $300 Chanel sunglasses. Sustaining an appropriate sympathy for this character is, sadly, not easy.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585676439
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/21/2005
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)