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Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters

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Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce, and Other Looming Disasters is a modern hybrid, on one hand a page-turning medical thriller, and on the other a hilarious romp through the mind of a man bedazzled by fatherhood and midlife. What makes it so different from other "illness" memoirs is that it reads like a movie: in its frenetic pace, its intensity, and its improbable and relentless humor. In the same way that A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was grounded in a cancer story, Now It's Funny... ...
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Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters

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Overview

Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce, and Other Looming Disasters is a modern hybrid, on one hand a page-turning medical thriller, and on the other a hilarious romp through the mind of a man bedazzled by fatherhood and midlife. What makes it so different from other "illness" memoirs is that it reads like a movie: in its frenetic pace, its intensity, and its improbable and relentless humor. In the same way that A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was grounded in a cancer story, Now It's Funny... transcends its medical milieu and introduces a fresh new voice into the realm of non-fiction to tell a heartfelt story about a father's search for meaning and his undying devotion to his sons.
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Having watched my father battle lung cancer, I was filled with certain trepidation when I got into the dtails of Mr. Solomon's story…This is an excellent book for anyone dealing with cancer, in any form.
Bookpleasures.com
Now It's Funny is a treatise on aging, cancer, navigating the labyrinthine system of medical referrals and specialists, and a rocky marriage. I thoroughly enjoyed this wry and excruciatingly honest look at Solomon's journey through what must have been a truly terrifying ordeal, by any account. Ultimately, he's right, it IS funny now, especially the way he tells it.
Kirkus Reviews
One man's funny, bittersweet memoir of physical and marital collapse and rebirth. When his doctors find a small smudge on one of 40-year-old TV production company owner Solomon's lungs during a routine physical, they at first discount its significance. Even later, after other tests, they're professionally circumspect: "They describe things in dimensions and locations, and from these various ellipses you have to draw the picture yourself." The picture is cancer, and before readers of Solomon's engaging and ultimately redemptive (as he puts it, "I'm happy to be around to watch you laugh, believe me") memoir have progressed very far into his tale, the cancer has metastasized. Solomon, in the middle of a strained marriage and trying to be a good father to his 6-year-old son, Luke, feels like "the protagonist in a cruel and bitter joke." What follows this initial diagnosis will be familiar to anybody who's ever known (or been) a cancer patient: an endless round of tests, procedures, CAT scans and catheters, all of which Solomon describes with a sharp clarity leavened by warm, inclusive wit. Solomon endures the horrors of his own situation with plenty of psychological help from the camaraderie he finds with other patients: "You find you've got endless company. Everybody's got something." Solomon skillfully intertwines the medical with the emotional, affectingly describing the toll his illness takes on his already fragile family; the chapter "Telling Luke" is a small masterpiece in depicting a father-son bond under unthinkable pressure. Through the whole account, Solomon is both a remarkably smart guide and a very entertaining one. There is no pathos in these pages, and that will move readers all the more. A quietly powerful, assured debut.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463749552
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Solomon, author of the memoir "Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters," is a New York-born writer and award winning documentary film producer.

His most acclaimed movie is "Constantine's Sword," a documentary feature film he produced based on the book by National Book Award-winning author James Carroll. "Constantine's Sword" was a New York Times Critic's Pick and was released theatrically in over 80 cities including New York and Los Angeles. Michael also produced and photographed "How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)," an award-winning documentary film about renaissance man Melvin Van Peebles.

He is the proud father of two fine boys, his most successful and challenging productions of all.
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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Compelling tale of how adversity makes us stronger. Highly recommended.

    I am a personal friend of the author who was out of touch with him for the period covered by the book. I recently reconnected with him and purchased the book out of curiosity and loyalty. I expected just another ebook attempting to relate the author's life changing experiences. Well, it is about the author's life changing experiences but it is not just another ebook. It is a compelling and very readable story about the "Big C" and other life experiences. It is about death, despair, broken relationships but it is also about life, renewal, hope and salvation. And most of all it is funny - genuinely funny. It is sad, moving but very uplifting at the end. I cannot wait for the sequel.

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