In the Country of Illness: Comfort and Advice for the Journey

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Alfred Knopf, 1998 - Medical - 252 pages
"To help us cope with, and ease, the experience of serious illness - our own illness or that of someone we care about - is the purpose of Robert Lipsyte's fascinating and bracing book. He offers invaluable practical advice for patients and for the people close to them."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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INTO THE COUNTRY OF ILLNESS: Comfort and Advice for the Journey

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A New York Times columnist's witty guide to that planet of pain which we must sometimes orbit or visit—the world of serious illness or, as Lipsyte calls it, Malady. Sportswriter and journalist ... Read full review

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A NYT columnist writing about his own cancer diagnosis and survival, and his wife's eventual death. Mostly quite good - the only thing I didn't like was the change of tone when he interspersed advice. Read full review

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Robert Lipsyte is a legendary sports reporter, award-winning young adult novelist and an outspoken critic of the sports world. Lipsyte has often expressed his controversial opinion that the nation's fixation on competitive athletics is detrimental. He feels that sports should be recreational, not an industry that offers the often false hope of stardom. As a young reporter, Lipsyte covered boxing for The New York Times. He drew on this background for his first book, "The Contender" (1967), a highly acclaimed coming-of-age story in which an orphaned teenager matures through the training discipline of boxing. In 1971, Lipsyte left the Times to concentrate on writing books. His other sports books for young people include "Free To Be Muhammad Ali" (1978) and the "Superstar Lineup" series documenting the lives of famous sports heroes. The author's other novels for adolescents include the semi-autobiographical "Fifties Trilogy: One Fat Summer" (1977), "Summer Rules" (1981) and "Summerboy" (1982). Lipsyte has also written for adults in such books as "SportsWorld: An American Dreamland" (1975) and for television, notably "Saturday Night With Howard Cosell". He received an Emmy Award for hosting the PBS show "The Eleventh Hour"" (1990). Robert Michael Lipsyte was born January 16, 1938 in New York City and earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia in 1959. He has been a radio commentator, a television news correspondent, and a journalism teacher. He successfully fought cancer in the late 1970's. Lipsyte's career has come full circle; he once again is writing a sports column for The New York Times and books for young adults. "The Chief" (1993) is the long-awaited sequel to "The Contender".

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