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Pre—Chapter One

P R O C R A S T I N A T I O N

TERRY GROSS (host of National Public Radios Fresh Air): My guest is

Suzy Becker, author of I Had Brain Surgery, Whats Your Excuse? She is

also the author of three other books, including All I Need to Know I

Learned from My Cat, an international bestseller in the 1990s. Suzy,

in addition to being a writer, you are a small-business owner, teacher—

ME: Was.

TG: —AIDS bike-a-thon organizer. Writings not exactly a sideline, but

your life isnt the quiet, contemplative writers life some might imagine . . .

ME: I discovered writing at the end of my career as a cat whisperer—

TG: Theres nothing about that in your bio.

I made it up—Im making the whole thing up. Its a form of procrastination, I

guess—making up interviews with myself on National Public Radio when I

should be working on my book.

TG: Im going to disappoint a lot of listeners when I admit I was not a

fan of your cat book—Im not a cat person or a big fan of gift books

in general, or whatever they call that genre. Your new book is altogether

different, not an All I Need to Know I Learned from My CAT

Scan . . .

ME: It still makes a nice gift—[wait, she should say that.]

TG: Its nonfiction, very personal, a memoir of sorts. . . . People may

think, brain surgery—who wants to read about that?! I wanted to

tell you—I could relate to so much of what you wrote about and I

havent even had brain surgery! [We laugh.] You actually began

working on this book while you were still recovering, is that correct?

ME: That draft ended up being more like notes than a book.

TG: Im curious, at what point did you know—when the neurosurgeon

told you you had a tumor and you were going to need brain surgery—

devastating news for most of us—as a writer, was there some

little part of you that said, “Im going to get a book out of this”?

ME: Terry, Im a writer, not an alien. [I AM an alien. Writers dont waste

valuable writing time making up interviews.] I was devastated by the

\ news. As a writer, I think I knew Id write about it as a way to

record the experience, maybe get some perspective, but . . .

TG: So, you were this perfectly healthy person: You were—I should say

are athletic, you play volleyball, do these biking marathons, then in

May of 99 you have a seizure. . . .

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Mickey D, August 27, 2010 (view all comments by Mickey D)
Having gone through multiple neurosurgeries that were needed to to remove a large tumor (and lots of gunk) I also have had lots of experience in the hell of brain tumors. When I read this book I found it entertaining, but it felt like Suzy and I must be living on different planets.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780761139799
Author:
Becker, Suzy
Publisher:
Workman Publishing
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Becker, Suzy - Health
Subject:
Brain - Surgery - Patients
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00x6.06x.85 in. .84 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Workman Publishing - English 9780761139799 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Becker's deeply personal and surprisingly funny account intersperses text with such whimsical additions as Becker's 'Cardiac Exercise Tolerance' and kooky cartoons."
"Review" by , "To say that Becker...has a funny way of looking at things would be an understatement....Comically accompanied by keepsake notes, clippings, and her own inimitable cartoons, Becker's mirthful memoir should be required reading..."
"Review" by , "Illustrating her text with drawings, charts, newspaper clippings, wacky graphs, and a cartoon alter ego named Augusta, Becker has turned one person's experience into a universal story of family, healing, and the return to creativity. Highly recommended."
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Now in paperback, the ingenious illustrated memoir that is widely praised:

“Hilarious, hell-raising, and frequently heart-wrenching.” —Booklist

“[A] unique tragicomedy of a memoir . . . The author is so likable, even in her darkest hour, that as you applaud her recovery you also realize youll miss looking after her.” —Entertainment Weekly (“A” rating)

“Compelling reading . . . Becker has turned one persons experience into a universal story of family, healing, and the return to creativity.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A wonderful book, funny and touching, harrowing and sweet.” —Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird

For years Suzy Becker, author of the New York Times bestseller All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat (1.7 million copies in print), literally lived by her wits. Then brain surgery left her temporarily unable to speak, read, or write. I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? is a story that grapples with the question “What makes me me?” By turns philosophical and whimsical, rivetingly dramatic and unexpectedly light, it is illustrated with drawings, charts, pseudoserious graphs, real EEGs. The result is a book filled with insights into creativity, identity, love, relationships, family, and that intangible something that gives each of us our spark.

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