The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation (Constructs Series)


In this irreverent and moving memoir, Lord draws on the e-mail correspondence of her online persona Her Baldness to offer an unconventional look at life with breast cancer and the societal space occupied by the seriously ill.
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In this irreverent and moving memoir, Lord draws on the e-mail correspondence of her online persona Her Baldness to offer an unconventional look at life with breast cancer and the societal space occupied by the seriously ill.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If you are going to have breast cancer, how wonderful to be diagnosed in the age of the Internet. Computers. Online databases. Finding information on your disease. Verifying physicians' credentials. Evaluating treatments and therapies. Starting your own discussion list/blog called Her Baldness. Huh? Well, perhaps California art professor Lord did use the Internet to track down diagnostic procedures and chemotherapy reactions. But mostly she set up her own web site and transmitted her thoughts and feelings to family and friends and pieced her output and their input into this exquisitely personal and lethally honest memoir of a year with breast cancer. Lord is equally witty and winsome, charismatic and curmudgeonly. She takes a risk-factor quiz: "Almost half of my risk increase [from 2% to 4%, the risk factor of a woman of 60] comes from being a tall, childless, light-skinned lesbian .in her 51st year. Make that a lesbian who took care of herself by getting mammograms more or less regularly .[and] being a white, conscientious, childless dyke has cost me ten years." With her, we experience chemotherapy and radiation and all the concomitant reactions. We go with her to support groups. We lose our hair. Mostly, we laugh and nod at her wise and wise-cracking revelations. Warmly recommended for patient health and gay/lesbian collections. Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292702578
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Constructs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 860,210
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE LORD is Professor of Studio Art at the University of California at Irvine.
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Table of Contents

May/June 2000
July 2000
August 2000
September 2000
October 2000
November 2000
December 2000
January 2001
February 2001
March 2001
April 2001
May 2001
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