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Buzz In: Cancer-Themed Books

In pondering what to write for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this month, I have been thinking a lot about a book I read years ago titled What Girls Learn. The novel by Karin Cook is about two sisters whose mother discovers that she has breast cancer. The narrator is 12-year-old Tilden who brings us through the heartwarming, yet difficult story of illness, mother-daughter bonds and coming-of-age in the midst of family crisis. It's beautiful and funny, and I recommend it to people of all ages — whether or not you relate to the cancer storyline.

In the same vein, I've heard marvelous things about Allison Winn Scotch’s The Department of Lost and Found, and a friend recently recommended Nordie's at Noon: The Personal Stories of Four Women "Too Young" for Breast Cancer.

So what about you? Have you read any excellent books — fiction or nonfiction — in which cancer was a theme?

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