On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Friday, October 14, 2011

On the couch

My Korean DeliMy Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm as little an entrepreneur as this author so I was fascinated when such an unlikely candidate decided to buy and run a local deli in Brooklyn.  There were reasons for the decision - helping his Korean mother-in-law stabilize her income and to provide for himself and his wife plus a fair amount of burnout as a senior editor of the Paris Review.  There are innumerable threads to follow - the interracial and bicultural marriage, the Brooklyn neighborhood and its regulars, the business and trials encountered in the learning curve, the stings and local politics of New York City, working with George Plimpton and the Review, and so on.  I read eagerly and was fascinated by the various twists in seeing a family grow and change.

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  1. I keep meaning to read and then I don't. I keep drawing and/or painting instead. Or, playing my game on the computer which is what I should stop and pick up a book instead of!

    Hang in there. Soon you'll be on the recovery side of things.

  2. Oh, solitaire on the Internet, definitely my weakness! - Barbara


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