Now It's Funny by Michael Solomon
How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters

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Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce, and Other Looming Disasters is a modern hybrid, on one hand a page-turning medical thriller, and on the other a hilarious romp through the mind of a man bedazzled by fatherhood and midlife. What makes it so different from other "illness" memoirs is that it reads like a movie: in its frenetic pace, its intensity, and its improbable and relentless humor. In the same way that A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was grounded in a cancer story, Now It's Funny... transcends its medical milieu and introduces a fresh new voice into the realm of non-fiction to tell a heartfelt story about a father's search for meaning and his undying devotion to his sons.

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"One man’s funny, bittersweet memoir of physical and marital collapse and rebirth. When his doctors find a small smudge on one of 40-year-old TV production company owner Solomon’slungs during a routine physical, they at first discount its significance. Even later, after other tests, they’re
professionally circumspect: “They describe things in dimensions and locations, and from these various ellipses you have to draw the picture yourself.” The picture is cancer, and before readers of Solomon’s engaging and ultimately redemptive (as he puts it, “I’m happy to be around to watch you laugh, believe me”) memoir have progressed very far into his tale, the cancer has metastasized. Solomon, in the middle of a strained marriage and trying to be a good father to his 6-year-old son, Luke, feels like “the protagonist in a cruel and bitter joke.” What follows this initial diagnosis and precipitate worsening will be familiar to anybody who’s ever known (or been) a cancer patient: an endless round of tests, procedures, CAT scans and catheters, all of which Solomon describes with a sharp clarity leavened by warm, inclusive wit. Solomon endures the horrors of his own situation with plenty of psychological help from the camaraderie he finds with other patients: “You find you’ve got endless company. Everybody’s got something.” Solomon skillfully intertwines the medical with the emotional, affectingly describing the toll his illness takes on his already fragile family; the chapter “Telling Luke” is a small masterpiece in depicting a father-son bond under unthinkable pressure. Through the whole account, Solomon is both a remarkably smart guide and a very entertaining one.
There is no pathos in these pages, and that will move readers all the more.
A quietly powerful, assured debut."



"It's not easy to see the bright side of cancer, but Michael Solomon makes it seem simple. His story Now It's Funny...is full of humor, insight and for me, just plain good reading. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down and found myself laughing out loud - literally! - on numerous occasions. I highly recommend this unique book to all cancer patients/survivors, to my fellow health care professionals, and/or anyone just wanting to be entertained or enlightened!"

--Christine Liebertz - Nurse Practitioner - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 

About Michael Solomon

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Michael Solomon, author of the memoir "Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters," is a New York-born writer and award-winning documentary film producer. He has also written numerous screenplays, essays, and short stories.As a filmmaker, Michael produced and photographed "How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)," an inspirational documentary film about renaissance man Melvin Van Peebles which was released theatrically in eight US cities including New York and Los Angeles. He also produced "Constantine's Sword," a documentary feature film based on the book by National Book Award-winning author James Carroll. "Constantine's Sword" which was a New York Times Critic's Pick.Michael is happily remarried and the proud father of two fine boys, his most successful and challenging productions to date.
 
Published February 16, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 214 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Solomon, in the middle of a strained marriage and trying to be a good father to his 6-year-old son, Luke, feels like “the protagonist in a cruel and bitter joke.” What follows this initial diagnosis will be familiar to anybody who’s ever known (or been) a cancer patient: an endless round of tests...

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Now It's Funny is a funny, bittersweet, completely unique memoir of cancer, divorce, and recovery.

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Solomon's world is suddenly turned upside down as he is plunged into a new reality of test after test, followed by surgery.

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Pajiba

Not sure if I could handle reading this book right now but will add it to my future read list.

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