I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?: An Illustrated Memoir

I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?: An Illustrated Memoir

by Suzy Becker

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761139799
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2005
Edition description: Readers Guide Included
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 550,567
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Suzy Becker is an author, artist, and entrepreneur, a former White House Fellow (the Clinton administration), a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, a winner of the Anti-Defamation League's "A World of Difference" award, and the founder of Ride FAR (Ride for AIDS Resources). Her books include the #1 New York Times bestseller All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?, and My Dog's the World's Best Dog. She lives with her family in central Massachusetts.

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Pre—Chapter One
P R O C R A S T I N A T I O N

TERRY GROSS (host of National Public Radio’s Fresh Air): My guest is
Suzy Becker, author of I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? She is also the author of three other books, including All I Need to Know I
Learned from My Cat
, an international bestseller in the 1990s. Suzy,
in addition to being a writer, you are a small-business owner, teacher—

ME: Was.

TG: —AIDS bike-a-thon organizer. Writing’s not exactly a sideline, but your life isn’t the quiet, contemplative writer’s life some might imagine . . .
ME: I discovered writing at the end of my career as a cat whisperer—

TG: There’s nothing about that in your bio.

I made it up—I’m making the whole thing up. It’s a form of procrastination, I
guess—making up interviews with myself on National Public Radio when I
should be working on my book.


TG: I’m going to disappoint a lot of listeners when I admit I was not a fan of your cat book—I’m not a cat person or a big fan of gift books in general, or whatever they call that genre. Your new book is altogether different, not an All I Need to Know I Learned from My CAT
Scan
. . .
ME: It still makes a nice gift—[wait, she should say that.]


TG: It’s nonfiction, very personal, a memoir of sorts. . . . People may think, brain surgery—who wants to read about that?! I wanted to tell you—I could relate to so much of what you wrote about and I
haven’t even had brain surgery! [We laugh.] You actually began working on this book while you were still recovering, is that correct?

ME: That draft ended up being more like notes than a book.

TG: I’m curious, at what point did you know—when the neurosurgeon told you you had a tumor and you were going to need brain surgery—
devastating news for most of us—as a writer, was there some little part of you that said, “I’m going to get a book out of this”?

ME: Terry, I’m a writer, not an alien. [I AM an alien. Writers don’t waste valuable writing time making up interviews.] I was devastated by the
\ news. As a writer, I think I knew I’d write about it as a way to record the experience, maybe get some perspective, but . . .

TG: So, you were this perfectly healthy person: You were—I should say are athletic, you play volleyball, do these biking marathons, then in
May of ’99 you have a seizure. . . .

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