This is Robin’s autobiography on her diagnosis and treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease of the bone marrow. I love reading the personal stories of well known individuals and particularly when their story is inspiring.
Robin is open with her struggle and shares the highs and lows of her life. I find so many aspects of Robin’s story to be inspiring and love that she acknowledges her struggle was made somewhat easier due to the fact she had resources, an employer who understood and a huge support system. This is a celberity who isn’t that far away from the average person. There is a lot of inspiration in this book and one can’t help but admire her journey. This was her second diagnosis with cancer. Additionally, right before her treatment was to begin, her beloved mother dies and she can not even allow herself time to mourn before returning to New York for her bone marrow procedure.
She follows her recovery throughout the year and always acknowledges her gratitude. A certain read for anyone who is needing some inspiration in regards to their own struggles.
I read Gillian’s Gone Girl when it was first published and the talk about the upcoming Gone Girl movie had me thinking I should read her first two books. I wasn’t disappointed.
In Sharp Objects, the newspaper reporter Camilla finds herself returning to her small Missouri hometown to investigate the death of two young girls. She is shocked to find herself relating to the girls stores and must unravel the psychological issues within her own family and specifically with her mother.
In Dark Places, Libby is forced to return to the tragic night where her family was murdered. As a child she named her brother as the killer but new evidence has her rethinking what a young Libby thought she saw.
All of Gillian Flynn’s books have a psychological impact to them – which is something that I love. Like the characters, you find yourself questioning events and motives. PS – if you haven’t read Gone Girl, you really need to.
Elin Hilderbrand The Matchmaker
I originally reviewed The Matchmaker in this post. Elin Hilderbrand is an author who writes about Nantucket Island and she has become one of my favorites. A great and easy summer read. Warning: the main character is diagnosed with cancer and there will be tears.
Anne Rivers Siddons The Girls of August
I first read this book years ago and when I was downsizing our book collection it was one that I kept. I stumbled upon it after reorganizing the office. Jessica finds herself in the middle of a mid life crisis at the same time she must return home to care for her mother who is displaying signs of mental illness. The return home forces her to deal with unresolved issues regarding her father’s death but also finds her drawn to a Monk on this small South Carolina island who is about to take his vows. She begins to question every aspect of her life and the outcome is surprising.
This is the second book I’ve read by Mary Kay Andrews. This is another great pool/beach read. Grace is a professional blogger who finds her husband cheating on her with her assistant. This leads to a major divorce and Grace is ordered to a divorce support group where the weekly meetings turn into a cocktail hour. A great fun read.