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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy

by (author) Manjusha Pawagi

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Personal Memoirs, Medical, Cancer
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Jul 2020
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Manjusha Pawagi, a successful family court judge, has written a not-so-typical memoir about her experience with cancer. Wryly funny and stubbornly hopeful, this is her quirky take on what it’s like to face your own mortality when, to be honest, you thought you’d live forever. She describes how even the darkest moments of life can be made worse with roommates; details how much determination it takes to ignore the statistics; and answers the age-old question: what does it take to get a banana popsicle around here?

About the author

Manjusha Pawagi is now Justice Pawagi, having been appointed to the Bench in January 2009. She presides in Brampton at the Ontario Court of Justice, Family Court. Justice Pawagi’s first career was as a journalist and children’s author. She has an MA in journalism from Stanford University and worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in St. Louis, Missouri and for CBC Radio, in Toronto and Charlottetown.


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  • Long-listed, Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

Editorial Reviews

... candid and often funny... Pawagi's inexhaustable sense of humour does not neutralize so much as complicate her terror and despair... Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy is full of such revelations, which emerge from among minute details as is often the case with memoirs, but their frequency and richness here is due largely to the author's honesty.

Quill & Quire

Pawagi shares a painfully honest and surprisingly funny account of her cancer treatments and the search for a stem cell donor who could save her life.... Pawagi expertly walks the tightrope between humor and heartbreak. Readers will celebrate her return to health and take heart from it.

Publishers Weekly

For a writer to elicit tears and exuberant laughter in the same book is an accomplishment. Such is the triumph of Manjusha Pawagi's Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy.

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