So I have a lot of people ask what fiction I’ve been reading lately (… I have a bit of a reputation), so i’ve compiled a list of all the other books (aka fiction, fluff and fun) that I’ve taken to the beach with me this summer!
so, lately life has been full! i’ve been…
…in ontario presenting at the Canadian Association of Gerontology and celebrating november birthdays in october
…flooded out of our apartment and trying to make a cozy home in a nearby hotel-suite
BUT, most importantly i’ve been reading an AMAZING book…
bio/background: robyn michele levy is a Vancouver CBC broadcast journalist and mom who at the age of 43 was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s (following her dad’s diagnosis!)… not only that…six months later, she found out she had breast cancer.
This memoir is written in very accessible language and makes you feel like she’s telling you her story over a glass of wine… it’s an emotional read, but her dark humour keeps you hooked. For example, she writes a mock press announcement, “for immediate release”: “Robyn Michele Levy has diversified her disease portfolio with the unexpected acquisition of breast cancer. This follows hot on the heels of her recent partnership acquisition of Parkinson’s’ “R” Us, formerly a sole proprietorship owned by her father.“
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has someone in their life dealing with either Parkinson’s disease or breast cancer… her perspective is brutally honest and she offers refreshing insight. Coming from someone who spends lots of time with persons with PD, you almost feel like you get an insiders perspective and can almost grasp some of their internal struggles. I’m donating my copy to the kelowna PD support group’s library tonight so I can share her story with those who may benefit from her perspective.
Levy’s memoir has been voted onto the Top 40 list of this year’s CBC Canada Reads! You can cast your vote and help her make it onto the Top 10 List…
so, cozy up in your home with this great book! much love.