A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

I’ve got a couple of friends who have new books out. First up, A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer by Mary Elizabeth Williams.

If you’re in New York she is doing a reading and Q&A on Monday, May 2 as part of a series called Above the Bridge. “Instead of our $5 cover charge, this is a by-donation event with 50% of the proceeds going to Gilda’s Club.” More info here.

A couple of snippets from the reviews:

“This highly recommended account demonstrates the value of cutting-edge cancer research, but it is also beautifully crafted, and many readers will find it entertaining and—though the author might not like this term—inspiring.”—Library Journal, starred review.

“Exhilarating and entertaining…Williams delivers a complex tale about a complex disease.”—Kirkus, starred review.

I wish my writing had a fraction of the humor and heart Mary Elizabeth Williams’s writing has. You won’t regret picking this up. That reminds me, she wrote this great piece, How to Talk to Someone With Cancer. I live in fear of saying or doing the wrong thing in those circumstances and she gave such great advice. I hope that made it into the book in some form.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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