Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: a Memoir”

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Thank you @doubledaybooks for the free copy of “The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness” by Sarah Ramey!

The darkly funny memoir of Sarah Ramey’s years-long battle with a mysterious illness that doctors thought was all in her head–but wasn’t. A revelation & an inspiration for millions of women whose legitimate health complaints are ignored.

In her harrowing, defiant, & unforgettable memoir, Sarah Ramey recounts the decade-long saga of how a seemingly minor illness in her senior year of college turned into a prolonged & elusive condition that destroyed her health but that doctors couldn’t diagnose or treat. Worse, as they failed to cure her, they hinted that her devastating symptoms were psychological.

“The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness” is a memoir with a mission, to help the millions of (mostly) women who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions: autoimmune illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, chronic pain, & many more. Ramey’s pursuit of a diagnosis & cure for her own mysterious illness becomes a page-turning medical mystery that reveals a new understanding of today’s chronic illnesses as ecological in nature, driven by modern changes to the basic foundations of health, from the quality of our sleep, diet, & social connection to the state of our microbiomes. Her book will open eyes, change lives, & ultimately change medicine.

When I saw that this book was coming out on 3/17, I couldn’t get it fast enough. (Thanks again, Doubleday!) My daughter & I have both been struggling with a lot of the same “invisible” & “mysterious” illnesses that many Dr’s straight up refuse to properly diagnose (I gained 30 lbs in a matter of 2 yrs with no dietary changes or lack of activity, & it took 3 Dr’s for one to finally do the right blood work only to find out that I have Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid, on top of my already diagnosed fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, EBV & insulin resistance.)

The struggle is REAL. People don’t SEE your invisible illness so they assume you are making your pain up. Nah, girl, some of us just smile through the pain & are real good at hiding it.

I LOVED the style of this book so much! A little dark & sarcastic (like me!), raw, un-sugar-coated, poignant, insightful, well-written, & for all those out there who struggle to be heard by the people that are PAID to listen to us, this book is for YOU! The hysterical women who long to be heard & LISTENED to. This book was so relatable & I know all you women will LOVE it & relate on some level as well!

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Heads up! Giveaway starting today on IG…

Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden

GIVEAWAY!! Thank you @atriabooks (#partner) for my gifted copy of “Adequate Yearly Progress” by Roxanna Elden & for sponsoring this giveaway!

Roxanna Elden’s satire is a brilliantly entertaining & moving look at our education system..Each new school year brings familiar challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one the biggest cities in Texas. But the teachers also face plenty of personal challenges and this year, they may finally spill over into the classroom.

English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet, can never seem to truly connect with her students. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, but tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she struggles to parent her daughter, while Coach Ray hustles his troubled football team toward another winning season.

Recording it all is idealistic second-year history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose anonymous blog gains new readers by the day as it drifts ever further from her in-class reality. And this year, a new superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down.

“Gossip Girl” meets “The Office” but in an urban high school…sounds intriguing, eh?I LOVED this book so much! I already have a few teacher friends asking to borrow my copy after they heard about this book! “Adequate Yearly Progress” is funny, clever, engaging, & heart-warming & will have you thanking all the teachers in your life for all of their sacrifices & their service! Fans of @LaurieGelman ‘s “Class Mom” series will love this book! 

Giveaway will begin at 10:00am EST on Instagram.