Friday, October 2, 2009

Review: Between Me and the River by Carrie Host

Between Me and the River Book Cover
Between Me and the River is a moving memoir of a woman's journey with cancer. The book begins when Carrie discovers she has a rare form of cancer. It's a kind of cancer that grows slowly over the years and is often not detected until its too late. It does not respond well to chemotherapy or radiation treatment and surgery is the only way to remove it. In Carrie's case, the cancer had spread quite a bit and was discovered when she underwent surgery for something else.

Carrie has a lovely writing style...very pretty. The memoir reads in some ways as a guide for those who are also dealing with a cancer diagnosis. She often ends the chapter with, "Cancer is like that." And some thoughts on how cancer changes one's life and pull things into perspective. This memoir is very honest and detailed. She takes the reader through the range of feelings she had and her experiences.

I can imagine this book would be a great comfort to someone dealing with cancer and especially the rare kind that Carrie has. But it's also a good insight into what someone with a terminal or life threatening illness experiences and the range of emotions they might experience. I often wonder if I was confronted with something like this how I would ever cope. I am amazed at the resiliency of the human spirit. Ultimately there's a lot of hope and meaning in this book.

Rating: 4/5
Source of Book: Review copy




Amy

5 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

I saw this review somewhere else and it sounds like it would be a comfort, both to those who are suffering through cancer and to those who know someone going through it. Books can be such a wonderful way to deal with adversity, and am ever so glad the authors have bravely shared their experiences with us.

April said...

This sounds like such a comforting and touching book.

bermudaonion said...

I'm sure this is a wonderful book, but I think I'd have to be in the right mood to read it.

justicejenniferreads said...

Sounds like a really wonderful book. I can't imagine living with cancer-I feel like I would be too weak to survive, which really only makes me admire those who do survive even more.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE CARCINIOD CANCER. IT IS SO CONFUSING TO DEAL WITH. I HAVE HAD IT SINCE 2002. BUT THE BATTLE IS SOOOOOOOOOO WORTH THE FIGHT! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ YOUR STORY. WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST. PAM SMITH OF FORT WAYNE INDIANA

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