I readily admit I am not a nonfiction reader. When I read for pleasure, I don’t enjoy reading material that reminds me of textbooks, and that includes most nonfiction. However, I do enjoy biographies and memoirs, and I attempt to read at least one a year. Surprisingly, the first book I will review this year falls into this category.
My Butterfly Cancer is a memoir by Marguerite “Markie” Madden. It chronicles her life prior to, during, and immediately following her battle with leukemia. What I enjoy most about this book is that it flows like a conversation. Mrs. Madden is a writer friend of mine with whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and conversing. As I read her book, I felt like she was talking to me.
Another thing I appreciate about Mrs. Madden’s book is the optimism. She describes her bout with a horrible, debilitating disease with a sanguine attitude. While informative, her story is encouraging and hopeful.
Not only does the story delve into Mrs. Madden’s battle with cancer, it also describes how the aftermath of the disease led her into a full-time career as a writer. The memoir concludes with useful information about the publishing process.
If you are looking for a book of encouragement and insightful advice, I urge you to pick up a copy of Markie Madden’s My Butterfly Cancer. You can find purchasing information here. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!