Naked Imperfection

Naked Imperfection

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
What if you’re doing everything right—living a healthy, virtuous, conscientious life— and something goes terribly wrong?

Gillian Deacon was the paragon of virtue, the standard-bearer for how to live responsibly on the earth. So when the all-natural vegetarian yogi and runner mother of three young boys was diagnosed with cancer, the world stopped making sense.

In an increasingly perilous environment, the promise of order amidst chaos is so tantalizing. Every busy woman will recognize herself in Gill’s striving—if we just get through our to-do list of achievements and improvements, we can get our lives under control … can’t we? The illusion of perfection is a powerful motivator, propelling so many of us at a breakneck pace toward somewhere other than where we are right now. But as only a brush with death can teach us, Gill learns the folly of believing we are in control. Readers will be inspired to appreciate the ragged imperfection of right now and learn to find glimpses of gratitude in every moment of any day.

Naked Imperfection is an unforgettable personal story of courage and triumph.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, c2014
ISBN: 9780143188513
Branch Call Number: BIO Deacon DEA
Characteristics: 245 p. ;,23 cm.


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Jan 03, 2015

A realistic view of a cancer survivor. I have been surrounded by loved ones with cancer and I felt empowered by this memoir. I felt there was a silver lining in such a bleak situation. That would be the love that surrounds.

smc01 Dec 13, 2014

I enjoyed reading about Gill's journey with breast cancer, as each journey is deeply personal. I am glad that her diagnosis and treatment taught her that life is random and that all the planning and "clean living" we do cannot protect us from cancer. I would not recommend this book to someone as she goes through breast cancer treatment, but it is a good read after-the-fact about lessons learned and how having cancer can change your priorities.

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