Friday, November 23, 2012

Free Books for Your Book Club

One  in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. What if there were something you could do to reduce that risk?  It could be something as simple as sitting down and chatting with a group of friends? Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer offers the opportunity for you to do just that.

Oxford University Press is happy to provide free books for the first official group that incorporates Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer into its club reading list. And I  will contribute to the discussion via a Skype session.  

Why read about such a specialized disease?  Because reducing your risk of TNBC can mean reducing your risk of other forms of cancer, as well as diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease, even Alzheimer’s. 

The book educates all readers on the fact that breast cancer is not a one-size-fits-all disease—something I wish I had known before I was diagnosed. It demonstrates how diet and exercise can help reduce risk of recurrence of TNBC and other diseases.  It shows the heart of a survivor, with the 11 profiles of amazing women who went on to live full lives after diagnosis. So, while its focus is on TNBC, its approach reaches far beyond. 

Reviews of the book have been quite positive—all five stars on Amazon, and a starred review with a “highly recommended” from the Library Journal.  One thing I especially love is that readers appreciate my occasional humor.

Interested in getting your book club on board?  Here is what you need to know:

Send me a note about your book group—how many are in it, who they are, and why you want to talk about Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.  And tell me a bit about you—who you are, and if you have any experience with breast cancer.  You can do this as a comment on my Positives About Negative blog or as a response on my Facebook page.  A few sentences will do. We ask for a minimum of three members in any club that wishes to be considered. 

If you’re currently not a member of a book club, but are interested in starting one to discuss this book, check out the following book club organizations:

Feel free to email me with questions or ideas.  I always love to hear your thoughts.


Sarah said...

Our book club is interested in reading your book for an upcoming meeting. We are a group of women in Omaha, NE who have been reading together for almost 5 years. Some of us are in our 30's, some in our 60's and some in between. We alternate between non-fiction and fiction since we love to learn and stretch our minds and then escape from real life in a good novel. Every woman is welcome whether or not she has finished the book (and we know who probably has and who probably hasn't and we love each other anyway). We have a handful of die-hard readers who come every time and a few handfuls of friends who come when they can. We probably have about 15-20 in our circle who would be interested in and committed to reading this book for the sake of supporting our friends who are living with this diagnosis, as well as to learn about cancer prevention ourselves. Our good friend, Marilyn Amstutz, told us about this book and our respect for her makes us want to read it all the more.

Patricia Prijatel said...

Yay! We have a winner. Marilyn emailed me that she had suggested this, so I am delighted you are all there to support such a wonderful person--one of the many fabulous friends I have yet to meet. :) And I am delighted that it is her book club that is the winner. Would you email me the address to which I can the books? And let me know when you meet and I will Skype in. I'm at Yay!