Bald in the Land of Big Hair

a true story

Joni Rodgers

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"Rodgers lives, loves, and writes without a safety net. A mix of Molly Ivins' blowsy wit and Anna Quindlen's suburban logic... painful and funny in one urgent breath." - Entertainment Weekly

Joni Rodgers lives in Texas, where big hair is a God-given right. It's essential to any waitressing job, prerequisite for a real estate license, as natural as Naugahyde, and as important as Elvis. But at thirty-two, Joni was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a virulent blood cancer, and embarked on an aggressive course of chemotherapy. It's not fun being a bald girl in the Big Hair Capital of America, but losing her hair is the least of her worries. In her hilarious and heartbreaking memoir, Joni tells the true story of how she managed to hold on to her sanity and her sense of humor, juggling grueling treatments, two small children, a grizzly bear of a spouse, and a pipedream she couldn't give up on -- and how she came to realize that this beast trying to kill her would ultimately teach her how to live.

“Thoroughly enjoyable, idiosyncratic, and funny…an uplifting celebration of life.”
London Daily Mail

"A brave, uplifting, hilarious, and heartbreaking book. One of the best books I've read this year. I loved it." -- Patricia Gaffney, author of The Saving Graces

"A very important book, not only about cancer... it's also about how to ground yourself in the life you're living." -- Elizabeth Berg author of Open House

"Impressive...honest...gutsy..." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Memoirs of a cancer survivor with a delicious sense of humor and a well-defined sense of self. Darkly comic, inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Rodgers' attitude...is what sets her book apart from others by and about cancer survivors." -- Dayton Daily News

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