How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin audiobook

How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

By Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Read by Pam Ward

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781610392839
9.43 Hours Unabridged
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Everyone knows someone who’s sick or suffering. Yet when afriend or relative is under duress many of us feel uncertain about how to cope. Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty CottinPogrebin became fascinated by her friends’ and family’s diverse reactions toher and her illness: how awkwardly some of them behaved, how some misspoke ormisinterpreted her needs, and how wonderful it was when people read her right.She began talking to her fellow patients and dozens of other veterans ofserious illness, seeking to discover what sick people wished their friends knewabout how best to comfort, help, and even simply talk to them. Now Pogrebin has distilled their collective storiesand opinions into this wide-ranging compendium of pragmatic guidance and usablewisdom. Her advice is always infused with sensitivity, warmth, and humor. It isembedded in candid stories from her own and others’ journeys and theirsometimes imperfect interactions with well-meaning friends. How to Be aFriend to a Friend Who’s Sick is an invaluable guidebook for anyone hopingto rise to the challenges of this most important and demanding passage offriendship.

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Summary

Summary

Everyone knows someone who’s sick or suffering. Yet when afriend or relative is under duress many of us feel uncertain about how to cope.

Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty CottinPogrebin became fascinated by her friends’ and family’s diverse reactions toher and her illness: how awkwardly some of them behaved, how some misspoke ormisinterpreted her needs, and how wonderful it was when people read her right.She began talking to her fellow patients and dozens of other veterans ofserious illness, seeking to discover what sick people wished their friends knewabout how best to comfort, help, and even simply talk to them.

Now Pogrebin has distilled their collective storiesand opinions into this wide-ranging compendium of pragmatic guidance and usablewisdom. Her advice is always infused with sensitivity, warmth, and humor. It isembedded in candid stories from her own and others’ journeys and theirsometimes imperfect interactions with well-meaning friends. How to Be aFriend to a Friend Who’s Sick is an invaluable guidebook for anyone hopingto rise to the challenges of this most important and demanding passage offriendship.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A lively, breezy, important book about conversations that are often difficult but need not be. How I wish I’d read this before some of my own cringe-worthy mistakes. Remember how your mom told you to just be yourself? Letty Pogrebin helps you be your best self, even in the most uncomfortable situations. You will thank her for giving you the courage to be a true friend.” Judy Blume, New York Times bestselling author
“I wish Letty’s wonderful book had been available thirteen years ago when I had cancer. I would have given it to all of my friends and begged them to read it.” Gene Wilder, actor and author
“Pogrebin, a veteran feminist, author, and cofounder (with Gloria Steinem) of Ms. magazine, uses her experience with breast cancer…to craft this bluntly practical and gently humorous guide to the dos and don’ts of caring for the ill… It’s the bravery and wisdom Pogrebin brought to her own battle that lifts this guide from a mere list of sickroom rules to invaluable lessons for sickness and health.” Publishers Weekly
“A cancer survivor channels her ordeal into reflections on the nature of empathy and friendships…A useful refresher course on navigating the complicated territory of compassionate companionship.” Kirkus Reviews
“After examining a potentially difficult and nearly universal experience—dealing with a friend’s illness—from many points of view, Letty Pogrebin has turned her findings into wise and witty lessons about a prized but neglected human trait: empathy. In advising us on what to do and say, she also shows why she’s the kind of friend we all would want to have if we were sick.” Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate in Medicine
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick gives us excellent tools and moving experiences to love and nurture the sick and dying. It urges and enables us to move toward those in need rather than fleeing in terror or despair. It is a handbook of kindness and care and will help patients and healers, which is ultimately all of us.” Eve Ensler, playwright and activist

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Author Bio: Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Author Bio: Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is an award-winning journalist, widely published opinion writer, acclaimed public speaker, admired political activist, and author of several nonfiction bestsellers, including Growing Up FreeGetting over Getting Older, and Deborah, Golda, and Me. Her previous book was a novel, Three Daughters. She lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English