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.
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