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!Cancerlandia!: A Memoir (Paperback)
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!Cancerlandia!: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 30/09/2015
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Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma three weeks after his thirtieth birthday, Juan Alvarado Valdivia finds himself immersed in Cancerlandia-oncology appointments, waiting rooms, and chemotherapy infusions at San Francisco General Hospital. Afraid that the illness will destroy his fledgling relationship and writing aspirations, Alvarado Valdivia tries to lead a normal life. He bikes three miles to his treatments while listening to heavy metal, attends writing workshops, and continues his hard-partying ways. When his girlfriend Paola ends their on-again, off-again relationship after a particularly troubling episode of binge drinking, he begins to acknowledge his anger and alcohol abuse.

Comic and unsparing, !Cancerlandia! chronicles Alvarado Valdivia's journey as he not only fights to survive his personified adversary, Mr. Hodgkins, but also as he struggles with his own self-destructive spirit.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826341891
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"In this frank and often humorous memoir, [Alvarado Valdivia] documents the yearlong battle he waged against the disease, making his way through chemotherapy and radiation while endeavoring to come to terms with his own private demons. As he faces down the evil foe he dubs 'Mr. Hodgkins, ' Valdivia works his way to health and a newfound understanding of himself."--San Jose Mercury News


"[Alvarado Valdivia] infuses the heartbreak with humor. And his encounters with his personified opponent, Mr. Hodgkins, make for some of the most compelling reading."--Oakland Magazine


"An irreverent debut memoir from Juan Alvarado Valdivia about surviving Hodgkin lymphoma."--Hemispheres


"Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a writer to watch. He has ignited his engines and is burning his way into high orbit. I am a great admirer of this book, and it makes me impatient for the books to come."--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Water Museum: Stories

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