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You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover – An Update On My New Book

You know that old saying about not judging a book (or a person) by its cover? I guess it’s good advice. You shouldn’t do that, but on the other hand, taking this phrase literally, whenever I am about to purchase a new book, I most definitely do look the cover over carefully. I want to know what I’m paying for. I want to know what I’m getting. Don’t you? 

This is why a lot of careful thought went into my book’s description which will, of course, be on the back cover. I want people to know exactly what they are getting. I want them to know it won’t be a story about my reawakening. It won’t be about me coming out on the other side of my cancer diagnosis as a new and improved version of my former self. It most definitely will not be about how cancer was a gift. No, it will be a story about cancer as I know it. It will be about reality. My reality. Which will hopefully help others deal with theirs. Will it appeal to everyone? Of course not.

But I believe in truth-telling about cancer too. So that’s what I tried to do in my book, tell it like it is. And was. No sugar coating.

And now I would like to share my cover with you. I know Joan Lunden and Amy Robach both chose to put their faces on their new book covers. Why would I do that? No amount of air-brushing would change my mind either. I also always knew my cover would have no pink ribbons.

Instead, my book’s cover image is one of Nancy’s Point. It’s one of the very first images portrayed on my blog’s banner. It has special meaning because it reminds me of you, my dear readers. It reminds me of my favorite season. It reminds me of beauty. It reminds me of life.

And life is a gift. Cancer is not.



Just in case you can’t read the description, here’s what it says:

Are you weary of stories portraying cancer as merely a bump in the road, an experience to be grateful for or a chance for personal enlightenment? With raw candor, Nancy Stordahl shares about her breast cancer experience while intertwining memories about what is was like to be a caregiver for her mother who died from metastatic breast cancer. Originating from personal, unrestrained journal entries, this strikingly frank memoir gives readers a glimpse into cancer’s messy realities including the multitude of emotions that arise when a family is catapulted into the world of cancer chaos. This is truth-telling from a not-so-pretty-in-pink perspective, resulting in an honest, realistic portrait of family, cancer and loss that will encourage others facing similar trials to ditch the societal expectations and instead do things their own way.

My book will be out very soon. I’ll keep you posted and an excerpt is coming next week, so stay tuned.

Do you judge a book by its cover when getting ready to purchase a new book?

What are your thoughts on my cover? Share away.

Have you read Joan Lunden’s or Amy Robach’s new book?

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Thursday 5th of November 2015

Dear Nancy, I would so greatly enjoy receiving a copy of your new book, so please pick Me to get a free copy, courtesy of You, of course! Have a Great Thanksgiving, I am thankful We are still here to enjoy it, to the best of our ability.

Sincerely, Janet Juarez


Thursday 5th of November 2015

Janet, This is not the post for the giveaway. That post is still coming! But thank you for your interest. Check back next week.


Thursday 29th of October 2015

Can't wait to read it, Nancy! Especially love that there is no pink in sight on your cover. The title and its contents speaks to SO many of us who find the "rah-rah" positivity surrounding a cancer diagnosis quite disheartening. Again, can't wait to read it. Congrats!


Thursday 29th of October 2015

Renn, Thank you. I hope you like it.


Tuesday 27th of October 2015

Love this Nancy. You are going to help a lot of women embrace their new reality knowing that they didn't have to magically become a better person and that they don't have to get over it. Cancer sucks. <3


Tuesday 27th of October 2015

Mandi, Thank you. And yes, cancer sucks big time. I am very weary of the positive spin put on it all too often.

Alene Nitzky

Sunday 25th of October 2015

I look forward to it. A refreshing perspective and much needed. I like the cover and no I don't buy a book based on the cover. I'm interested in what the author has to say, when I know they have something important to say. I can't wait to get my hands on it! Good luck with it!


Monday 26th of October 2015

Alene, Thank you. As always, I very much appreciate your support.


Sunday 25th of October 2015

I'm so excited your book is coming out! I think the title is perfect.


Sunday 25th of October 2015

Mae, Thank you. I'm glad you like the title.

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