Pale Girl Speaks: A Year Uncoveredby Hillary Fogelson
Hillary Fogelson led a charmed life: as the young wife of a successful Hollywood executive, her only major concerns were her acting auditions, interior decorating, and unexpected visits from her high-maintenance parents. Then, one day, her doctor told her she had malignant melanomaa cancer that leads to more deaths for women between the age of 25 and 30
Hillary Fogelson led a charmed life: as the young wife of a successful Hollywood executive, her only major concerns were her acting auditions, interior decorating, and unexpected visits from her high-maintenance parents. Then, one day, her doctor told her she had malignant melanomaa cancer that leads to more deaths for women between the age of 25 and 30 than any otherand her life was forever changed.
Pale Girl Speaks is the darkly funny story of Fogelson’s neuroses and struggles after her diagnosis with melanoma. In her witty, wisecracking narrative, Fogelson recounts how her battle with cancer brings up other issues in her life that she’s been ignoring, especially her anxieties about her relationship with her husband, her friends, and her parents. The apprehension she feels soon manifests itself in more concrete wayspanic attacks, heavy reliance on alcohol, and a compulsive need to constantly check in with her doctorbut when her father discovers that he has melanoma as well, Fogelson has to learn to lead by example and let go of her fear. A story that will appeal to anyone who has faced adversity and lived to tell jokes about it, Pale Girl Speaks is about one woman who experienced the worst possible fallout of being fair-skinnedand survived with her sense of humor intact.
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Meet the Author
Hillary Fogelson is a writer, blogger, tweeter, melanoma survivor, sun protection activist and sunscreen guru. She works to spread the word about sun protection on her website and on Twitter (@palegirlspeaks). A graduate of NYU, she lives in the shadows of the Hollywood sign with her husband, two daughters, and dog Alvin.
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Fogelson writes like she's talking to her best friend, and that's how she makes the reader feel. She manages to be vulnerable, witty, funny, angry, and -- above all else -- honest all at the same time. Laugh with her or cry with her, you can't help but be moved by her story and inspired to change your life.
A brilliant blend of humor,wit and heartbreak-Pale Girl SPEAKS can truly speak for everyone!
This book had me at the very first sentence and never let go. It was funny, smart and above all, brutally honest. Now that I am a mother, I find it harder to find time to read books let alone finish one, but I found myself reading this book every free minute I had and was done in 3 days!! Even though our lives are very different, I felt I could totally relate to the author. I laughed and cried with her and I have to say, I learned a ton about protecting my kids and myself from harmful sun exposure. I feel forever changed by this book...all for the better!