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Susan Gubar (Author, Indiana University)

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A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

"Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty." —New York Times

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgery, an attempt to excise the cancer by removing part or all of many organs in the lower abdomen. Her memoir mines the deepest levels of anguish and devotion as she struggles to come to terms with her body’s betrayal and the frightful protocols of contemporary medicine. She finds solace in the abiding love of her husband, children, and friends while she searches for understanding in works of literature, visual art, and the testimonies of others who suffer with various forms of cancer.

Ovarian cancer remains an incurable disease for most of those diagnosed, even those lucky enough to find caring and skilled physicians. Memoir of a Debulked Woman is both a polemic against the ineffectual and injurious medical responses to which thousands of women are subjected and a meditation on the gifts of companionship, art, and literature that sustain people in need.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34589-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“With its clear and straightforward suggestions, this book is an excellent primer on mindfulness.” — New York Times Book Review

“[A]n excellent introduction to mindfulness for those who want to begin and grow a practice. . . . Reeds also gives us a way to measure our baseline at the beginning, then follow our progress as we go. . . . [A] thoughtful, helpful guide.” — Boston Globe

“[Reed] shows that she can serve as an excellent mindfulness coach through text as well as by teaching in person. . . . [S]he guides readers gently forward through meeting the present moment, learning to slow down enough to engage with both bodily sensations and emotional chatter, coping with difficulties, and continuing to re-discover inner calm. . . . This will be a good starting point for many readers.” — The New Yorker

“Though I have had a meditation practice for many years, I learned some new techniques from this book that I will put into my practice and offer to others. It would be helpful for psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and any mental health professional to be aware of this 8 Keys series that offers practical, easy-to-understand steps toward better mental health practices.” — Wall Street Journal

“The true vocation of 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness is its ability to bring novice readers into mindfulness, meditation, and yogic practices with some key theoretical psychological underpinnings. . . . [A]n excellent book for those involved in providing or participating in psychotherapy that might benefit from such supplementary practices. . . . The frequent exercises provided also allow professionals to utilize what existing or gained knowledge of mindfulness they have, teach them to clients, and avoid complexity or ambiguity in their explanation.” — Booklist

“A clear and comprehensive guide to establishing mindfulness in your daily life, this book will help you feel and sense what is truly happening in the moment so you can make a more conscious choice about how you'd like to respond to daily events, rather than react out of habit. The heartfelt tone, real-life examples, and 'embodied' exercises make this whole process easily accessible.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“A wonderfully clear, concise, and accessible guide to the practice of mindfulness. It is on the cutting edge by showing how mindfulness is grounded in the body and is a powerful method for our emotional healing. Highly recommended for beginners as well as experienced meditators. Bravo!” — Kirkus Reviews

8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness is a great boon to both the beginning and the dedicated practitioner of mindfulness. Speaking to the needs of contemporary Westerners, Mischke Reeds offers clear, systematic instructions to help readers to deepen in self-knowledge, reconnect their awareness to their bodies and daily lives, ground their understanding in cutting-edge science, and respond compassionately to our world. Offering inspiring stories of everyday people who have shifted their lives by developing these capacities, she encourages readers to choose such a life.” — Publishers Weekly

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