I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? (Book or cap)
"[A] unique tragicomedy of a memoir . . ."—Entertainment Weekly ("A", Editor's Choice)
"Compelling reading . . . Becker has turned one person's 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
"Becker's hilarious, hell-raising, and frequently heart-wrenching account . . . is joyous testament to the fact that she made it out not only alive but with all her essential, irrepressible Becker-ness still intact . . . Becker's mirthful memoir should be required reading for anyone who has ever been seriously ill; might one day become seriously ill; knows someone who was, is, or might be seriously ill; or all of the above." –Booklist
When Suzy Becker suggested a chronicle of her recovery from bunion surgery, her editor suggested that brain surgery would make more compelling reading. Not really. When Suzy Becker's seizures led to the discovery of a mass on her left parietal lobe, and her surgery to remove that mass left her temporarily unable to speak, read or write, she ended up getting a book out of it.
I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? is "a totally original mix of cartooning and memoir." (New Yorker cartoonist David Sipress said so.) You'll laugh, you'll cry, (it's got almost 400 illustrations, so) you'll feel like a fast reader again…
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Special note to people with holes in their heads: There are 150,000 of us diagnosed with brain tumors every year and another 2 million plus living with brain injuries. It's time to be irreverent, not invisible!
Awards & Honors
Books for A Better Life Finalist, 2004
Best Consumer Health Book 2004, Library Journal