Mom's Marijuana by Dan Shapiro
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A young man battles Hodgkin's disease and survives--with more than a little help from his Mom--in this wry and uplifting memoir about life, love, and beating the odds.

When Dan Shapiro's decidely anti-drug mom put aside her convictions and grew marijuana in her backyard garden (behind a discrete screen of sunflowers), he learned that in the face of a crisis we all have the opportunity to decide what is most important to us. In this hilarious, high-spirited, sometimes harrowing memoir, Shapiro invites us into his battle with cancer, his romance with an oncology nurse, his journey through graduate school, and his most important life lessons. He tells his story with wit and grace and indomitable spirit, showing us that only when the rhythm of life is stirred violently are able to discover its full beauty.

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DAN SHAPIRO is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Arizona and the author of Mom’s Marijuana. An expert on physician self-care and physician-patient relationships, he has been featured in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and on He lives in Tucson.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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it was not until he had children of his own that he understood how she could “sacrifice fundamental beliefs in favor of her child’s comfort.” Between May 1987 and April 1992, Shapiro experienced one harrowing medical and psychological trauma after another, interrupting (but never stopping) his st...

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