Saturday, February 16, 2013

The C Card and Me / Ali Gilmore

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Self Help/Health

Approximate word count: 15-20,000 words

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“Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Ali was the youngest of seven siblings. Early on, she became known for her creative endeavors and tendency to daydream (duly noted on her report cards), but never really entertained taking her writing skills beyond hobby until recent years.”

For more, visit her website.


“The C Card and Me is the story of how one woman took a daunting diagnosis and turned it into an inspiring tale of triumph over stage IV cancer. Drawing from her experiences battling this ‘punk-ass’ disease, Ali Gilmore has created a veritable guide for those newly diagnosed and their loved ones. Written in her own conversational style and designed to be read in a day (under 70 pages), Ali shares her insights and anecdotes in her uniquely humorous and at times irreverent manner in order to shed some light on a rather dark subject and smooth the road ahead for others.”


Written by a cancer survivor as both a memoir and a guide for others, The C Card and Me is a good balance of serious and humor, mixing very specific advice (questions to ask your doctor, for one) with a demonstration of the attitude Gilmore feels made the difference in her successful bout with cancer. If the right attitude is the biggest thing a cancer patient can bring to the battle (which I think is probably the case), then Gilmore’s advice should help you get that attitude, while letting you know what to expect and giving family members direction in knowing what to expect from you and how best to assist.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars


Walter Knight said...

I think Ruby, the one-eyed private detective, sounds kind of hot.

Al, if you are seeing chapters in mixed order, they make corrective lenses that can fix that sort of thang. Otherwise, good review.

BooksAndPals said...

Thanks, Walter. (BTW, I think this comment was meant for a different review.)

?wazithinkin said...

LOL! Walter, what are your smoking? You scrolled down too far. I think your comment belongs here.

Walter Knight said...

I don't need glasses. I have a magnifying glass that works just fine.

Thank you very much for pointing out my scrolling mistake. May the Forces of Evil become confused on the way to your house.

Walter Knight said...

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. Wot? Go with the flow.