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Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll, and a Tiara (How I Celebrated Kicking Cancer's Ass)

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Nobody wants breast cancer, especially after watching their beloved mother die from it.

Why would anyone say this journey was the beginning of the happiest years of their life?

Because it had an awesome playlist, that’s why. Here’s how Beverly’s Kicking Cancer’s Ass soundtrack was built. She started with the classics: the support of sex-positive partners, fabulous family a
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Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Beverly Diehl
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Lynne Moses
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I read an ARC of this book and know the author personally. That said, “brave” does not do this memoir or Diehl justice. Not only is it unblinking and visceral, it’s also laugh-out-loud funny and scientific journal informative. Diehl pulls back the curtain on the medical odyssey that follows her breast cancer diagnosis while also taking us on her personal journey into the world of polyamory. She introduces her cherished relationships past and present, admits the toxic ones and pr ...more
Pamela
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read an ARC. Know the author IRL.

Beverly's signature humor and very big heart shines in this well-written, brutally honest, but still entertaining book about her journey to "Kick cancer's ass."

I didn't really know that much about polyamory but Beverly weaves that information into the memoir. The photos are almost like sign posts along her journey. I especially loved the photos by Nick Holmes, photographer. Tips on self-care, setting boundaries, checking in, and KCA.

A good, solid, emotional read
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Chris Eells
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided an ARC copy for an unbiased review.

Memoirs, I have found, can range from entertaining to maudlin and let's be honest, everyone faces conflict in their lives, whether great or small, but ultimately, when writing about it... it better be entertaining. Beverly Diehl has pulled that off. She has pulled a year from her life and put it out there for the world to see.

The book runs through, what seems to be, Diehl's typical days... and what busy days they are. I don't know how she managed
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Lawrence Maddox
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You wouldn’t think a memoir that details the author’s breast cancer treatment would be so damn fun, but Beverly Diehl has accomplished just that. While Diehl provides a highly detailed, step-by-step account of her battle with cancer, from diagnosis to surgery to recovery, she also shares the juicy details of her rock and roll “polyamorous” lifestyle. It’s fair to say cancer doesn’t dampen this author’s groove.

Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll, and a Tiara is packed with details about the author’s journey
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Tony Faggioli
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A poignant, brilliantly honest look into the immense challenge of breast cancer and the courage that it takes to face it. Diehl takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of fear, hope, concern, agony, patience and reflection that no doubt many people go through when taking measure of their life in the face of a disease that is threatening to end it. Using a deft hand she shows how humor and compassion can help a person to overcome their circumstances. The past, present and future interweave to a ...more
Paula
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Never has a book title been more appropriate! All four components are present in big doses!

I admit I was not too eager to read a book about cancer even knowing that the author survived it. I have lost family members and friends to various types of cancer, and even those close to me who “beat” cancer first took a beating from it.

But Diehl’s book is ultimately upbeat. It reflects her resilience in the face of her disease, romantic entanglements, challenging family dynamics, and the death of seve
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Bonnie Schroeder
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Diehl’s memoir lives up to its title in a grand way: we get an honest and unflinching look into her life, especially the sex and the cancer. The tiara is her metaphorical and literal shield in her battle against the disease and its consequences. She describes her journey with clarity and even humor, and her courage shines through on every page. Not for the faint of heart, but an inspiring story of a woman who refused to let cancer (even “Cancer Lite” as she refers to her diagnosis) undermine her ...more
Cristie Underwood
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The author managed to turn her memoir about her battle with cancer into a fun and entertaining read. Beverly Diehl. is a gifted writer that has lived quite the life thus far and was more than happy to share stories about her rock and roll lifestyle.
Heather Ames
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always knew Beverly Diehl was a strong woman. This book proves it. Yes...unflinching, humorous, incredibly open and unscathing in honesty, it is not a book for the faint-hearted or for those who come to it with some pre-conceived notions of how a cancer survivor should act. Bev deals with cancer ("cancer light" as she calls it with self-deprecating humor) on her own terms; barreling into it head-on and with a determination not to let it affect her life, her relationships (okay, sometimes hair- ...more
Bonnie Schroeder
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diehl’s memoir lives up to its title in a grand way: we get an honest and unflinching look into her life, especially the sex and the cancer. The tiara is her metaphorical and literal shield in her battle against the disease and its consequences. She describes her journey with clarity and even humor, and her courage shines through on every page. Not for the faint of heart, but an inspiring story of a woman who refused to let cancer (even “Cancer Lite” as she refers to her diagnosis) undermine her ...more
Taron
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read Beverly's blog for years and was excited to read her book as I really love her writing --
and I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed her authentic story about battling breast cancer and also her openness about her sex life! It's not easy to bare all -- literally and metaphorically -- and the beautiful pictures of her pre- and post-surgery spaced throughout the book I'm sure caught the attention of some bankers on the way to their Canary Wharf jobs reading over my shoulder on the tub
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Michael Lent
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Diehl handles the tough topic of breast cancer with wit, humor, irreverence, self-deprecation and spice.

I know Bev to be a skillful writer and very nice person but knew little of her personal journey and polyglamourous lifestyle. While I may not be the target audience, I’m a huge fan of Laverne & Shirley. Most especially, I appreciated the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone as a reader and fellow human.

Seems like there is a movie here.
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Eric Buhler
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beverly is hilarious, down-to-earth, energetic, passionate, courageous, inspiring, poignant, vulnerable, unique, and relatable. Thank you for sharing your story! Cheers to More!
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Beverly Diehl has been reading as long as she can remember. Probably didn't exit the womb with book in hand, but was gnawing on Little Golden Books long before her first birthday. She started writing as a teenager, but discarded most of her early efforts because, welp, they sucked.

"I thought the words were supposed to drip from my pen as golden, perfectly shaped pearls," she says. "Then I discover
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