Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists Book Review & Giveaway


Book Title Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists
Author:  Christine Shields Corrigan
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 256 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Koehler Books
Release date:  Oct 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some profanity and one non-explicit sex scene with my husband.

"This no-nonsense debut memoir recalls Corrigan's two-time battle with cancer and takes a pragmatic approach toward guiding other patients. Candid, sagacious writing on illness and adaptation." --Kirkus Reviews


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About the Book

A breast cancer diagnosis at forty-nine forces Christine Shields Corrigan, a wife, mom, and meticulous list-maker, to confront her deepest fears of illness, death, and loss of control as she struggles to face cancer again. From the discovery of a “junky” cyst, to chemotherapy and surgery, sleepless nights filled with rosaries and “what ifs,” and shifting family dynamics, her adult experience mirrors her teen bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with one exception—she no longer has parents keeping her in the dark.

With the ghosts of cancer past hovering around her, Chris falls into the same overprotective traps her taciturn Irish-Catholic parents created, striving to keep her family’s life “normal,” when it is anything but, and soldiering through on her own, until a neighbor’s unexpected advice and gift move her to accept others’ help. With fierce honesty, poignant reflection, and good humor, Chris shares a journey filled with sorrow, grace, forgiveness, and resilience, as she winds her way through cancer for the second time. Again offers practical guidance and hope to individuals that they have the strength to forge a path beyond a diagnosis.


My Review

The Author Brings Readers an Honest Look at Her Life and Experiences with Cancer.  Readers will find an authentic, open, honest memoir from the author as she shares her experiences in battling cancer not once but twice in her life.  While her first bout with cancer came as a teen--being guided and cared for by her family--her second bout came to her as a working mother caring for and guiding her own family.  The author shares the good and bad memories--and the points that defined, changed or redirected her course at times.  The emotions, honesty and advice that she shares present the realities of facing cancer--yet do so in a way that inspires and guides readers.


A Book of Healing--For Author and Reader.   Facing cancer a second time forced the author to face the past and learn to cope and heal with both the similarities and differences of the two rounds of cancer battles she endured.  While she notes that writing the book allowed her to heal emotionally and put her life into perspective--readers can expect the same as they follow her journey and realizations and experiences.  As we share her challenges and triumphs, we also receive many pieces of real-world advice and insights into so many aspects of the illness and recovery.


Would I Recommend Again:  Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists by Christine Shields Corrigan?  The author writes this memoir in a very genuine, relatable manner that is impossible to put down.  Readers will become a part of her life's journey.  I think this is a must-read for anyone facing cancer--whether personally or as a caregiver for a loved one. It is truly an inspirational and practical guide toward healing both through the cancer diagnosis and treatment process and beyond.   


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Meet the Author

Christine Shields Corrigan is a two-time cancer survivor, wife, mom, and author of Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists. In addition to Again , Chris has published a number of lyrical and practical essays where she gives voice to the beautiful ordinary. Her work about family, illness, writing, and resilient survivorship has appeared in anthologies, magazines, and other publications including, The Brevity Blog, Grown & Flown, Horn Pond Review, The Potato Soup Journal and Anthology, Purple Clover,, Wildfire Magazine, and the Writer’s Circle 2 Anthology.

Chris’ essay, “Not Back to But Forward,” about how her cancer experiences helped her cope with COVID-19 is included in (Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic (edited by Joanell Serra and Amy Roost), an anthology that draws together the stories of 52 women across the US during the Covid-19 pandemic (March 2021). A graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham University School of Law, Chris built a successful career as a labor and employment law attorney and as a legal writer and editor. After surviving cancer in midlife, Chris became a freelance writer. She also teaches creative nonfiction writing for an adult education program, provides writing workshops for cancer support groups, and is the chair of the programming committee of the Morristown Festival of Books. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook ~ instagram

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