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Worth Fighting For by Lisa Niemi Swayze
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Mar 16, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, biography-memoir
Read from March 11 to 15, 2012

I picked this up because I loved Joan Didion's book on widowhood, The Year of Magical Thinking and because I was a 12-year-old girl who fell in love with Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing and then fell in love with his very real seeming marriage after reading Time of My Life the book he cowrote with his wife. Now, a few years after her husband's death, I wanted to make sure that Lisa Niemi was okay.

However, this book was primarily Lisa's story of Patrick's battle with cancer and all the living she tried to squeeze into this time with her partner of more than 30 years. Again, I was touched by their relationship and the way the two of them worked together to fight a cancer as lethal as pancreatic cancer. They managed to spend more quality time at their magical ranch in New Mexico and Patrick managed to shoot a whole season of The Beast, which gave Lisa her first opportunity to direct a TV episode. Plus there are plenty of details about living with pancreatic cancer, which was eye-opening.

If you don't mind a sad, but romantic story, this is a great read. At the same time I feel guilty for being so concerned with the lives of famous people. Still, the Swayzes are appealing to me because they seem to be so down to earth, despite Patrick's insane level of fame.
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