100 books — 44 voters
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In the Country of Illness : Comfort and Advice for the Journey” as Want to Read:
In the Country of Illness : Comfort and Advice for the Journey
Tom is a smart, talented loner with a chip on his shoulder and a big secret: an imaginary twin on another planet. Eddie is Tom's opposite, a friendly, athletic kid who always looks on the good side. Tom worries sometimes: does confiding in Eddie mean he's nuts? The truth is even crazier than that. Eddie and his planet are just as real as Tom and his Earth, but fifty-some
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published March 24th 1998 by Knopf
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
In 1978 the author, then 40, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It would be the first of several journeys into the land which he called Malady. He had a second bout of cancer in the nineties and also accompanied his first wife on her two excursions into the world of breast cancer. They faced their illnesses with humour (“tumor humour”) and learned to navigate the American healthcare system. He talked about “the dread” and I liked his reminder that when the dread strikes it is not that you are ...more