Thursday, October 25, 2012
As a blogger, I tend to receive a fair amount of books every month. Of course, there are those that I have accepted "for review," but I also get some unsolicited ones too. That was the case with IN THE PINK: HOW I MET THE PERFECT (YOUNGER) MAN, SURVIVED BREAST CANCER, AND FOUND TRUE HAPPINESS AFTER 40 by Susan McBride. The publisher's timing was perfect since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and they packaged this little book with some other breast cancer awareness swag including a cute teeny tote bag with an animal print ribbon as well as a cute button and rubber bracelet.
Part of the reason that I decided to feature IN THE PINK today is because I believe that breast cancer is a HUGE issue, and we all need to be aware of this horrible disease that touches so many women's lives. I think we all know of someone who has been affected by this disease, and it's through stories like IN THE PINK where we not only learn about breast cancer, but we also see that it's okay to share our feelings about this subject.
IN THE PINK is author Susan McBride's memoir about meeting her dream guy (finally!), getting married, battling breast cancer, and finding herself pregnant. And believe it or not, all of these things occurred after she turned 40! Her story is informative and heartfelt, but it is also very funny; and I thoroughly enjoyed learning how Ms. McBride managed to keep everything in check and eventually find happiness.
The first thing that came to mind as I was reading IN THE PINK is that I need to get my yearly mammogram scheduled; and truly, if this book has that reaction in every woman that reads it, then it should be considered a success. However, I was also inspired by Ms. McBride's personal story. In many ways, she was a late bloomer in finding love -- both with a man and a baby; and her life proves that it's never too late. In addition, she is a role model for how well she handled her breast cancer diagnosis. She had some valuable advice for dealing with doctors and medical information that every woman should know when facing serious decisions about her health.
IN THE PINK is a very quick read. Ms. McBride's story is only 70 pages and it's available in paperback and as an ebook for $2.99. There is also a Q&A with Ms. McBride along with "Susan's Tips for Dating after Forty," "What I Learned from My Diagnosis," and an excerpt from her new novel THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND LIGHTNING. I think this book is perfect for women who are battling (or have battled) breast cancer, but it's also a nice read for anyone who needs to be reminded about the importance of living your life to the fullest!
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book.