Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting

By Meredith Norton
Read by Carrington MacDuffie

5.80 Hours 06/12/2008 unabridged
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Lopsided is not your ordinary cancer memoir. Meredith Norton displays the razor-sharp wit of a masterful humorist as she chronicles her experience, from the first appearance of her bizarre symptoms while she was living in Paris to moving to California to live with her compulsive parents and their five television sets. Along with hilarious and harrowing portrait of her treatments, she offers equally amusing memories of her offbeat life, rants about well-meaning family and friends, and rails against self-pity. Funny, irreverent, and down-to-earth, Norton’s memoir brings a refreshing burst of attitude to a difficult experience she refuses to be intimidated by.

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Summary

Summary

Lopsided is not your ordinary cancer memoir. Meredith Norton displays the razor-sharp wit of a masterful humorist as she chronicles her experience, from the first appearance of her bizarre symptoms while she was living in Paris to moving to California to live with her compulsive parents and their five television sets. Along with hilarious and harrowing portrait of her treatments, she offers equally amusing memories of her offbeat life, rants about well-meaning family and friends, and rails against self-pity. Funny, irreverent, and down-to-earth, Norton’s memoir brings a refreshing burst of attitude to a difficult experience she refuses to be intimidated by.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A truly elegant memoir…Norton is terrific at narrating the physical slapstick of battling this disease. But she’s even better on the arrogance and pretense the cancer reveals…she’s fresh and adorable, and you hope she sticks round to produce at least another dozen surly, lovely books.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“[A] wise, humorous memoir…Her disarming frankness renders the book less a cancer survival guide and more a lovably unfiltered e-mail from a hilarious friend. There has not been a funnier, more honest cancer account in recent memory.” People
“By including touches of wit and sarcasm, Norton strikes a successful balance between light and heavy, keeping her audience consistently engaged.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Can a book about a life-threatening illness be entertaining—even humorous? Surprisingly, yes. Listeners may find themselves laughing out loud at MacDuffie’s wryly funny reading of this memoir: an irreverent, graphic, and consistently compelling account of Norton’s rare breast cancer and dire prognosis. The reader’s razor-sharp comic timing and delicately shaded tones of irony complement the author’s equally sharp wit and observations…This memoir demonstrates that humor is indeed the best medicine.” Booklist
“Crackle[s] with heartfelt intensity and irreverence.” Booklist
“[A] wonderfully enlightening and honestly (if somewhat digressively) written account…Her tone may be facetious, her language colorful, and her distractions gritty…but her view of cancer (funny and irreverent) and her place in the world…will make readers stand up and cheer. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Blackly humorous…Norton is one plucky dame, and she displays a sharp eye for the human condition. Her challenging, awkward encounters—with doctors, nurses, even with well-meaning but clueless sympathizers—all have the ring of truth…Norton calls herself a storyteller, and the tale she has crafted from a life-altering event is indeed hard to put down.” Kirkus Reviews
“If you seek to be moved—to laughter, that is—look no further…[Norton’s] victimless approach doesn’t sugarcoat the experience but rather brings to light hilarious universals.” Daily Candy

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Author Bio: Meredith Norton

Meredith Norton has traveled extensively and resided for several years in Europe. She lives with her son in Oakland, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English