- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3662 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (13 February 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077W82257
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 21 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Blunt, eloquent, piercing, honest, witty, heartaching, startlingly funny, and beautifully, refreshingly unique. Can you read a book about pain while grinning and trying not to cry and not being able to think of a single book that’s anything like it? Yup. This one. Guts.” Brian Doyle, author of Mink River
“A beautiful and honest portrait of resilience and emotion along the winding path of a friendship woven with long-term health issues. Janet Buttenwieser writes with a keen eye not only about medical challenges but also places these challenges in their rightful place among the supports of friendship, love, career, and community. Buttenwieser’s clear prose shares confidences like a friend, and I found this book difficult to put down.” Sonya Huber, author of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System
“GUTS is a fearless memoir about the limits of the body and the strength of the spirit. Janet Buttenwieser’s journey through chronic illness, infertility, and loss will resonate with anyone who’s ever wondered why bad news always comes in waves. Her grit and sense of humour make this an unforgettable story.” Leigh Stein, author of Land of Enchantment
“You’ll be hooked from the very first scene, intrigued by the story’s promise: a woman’s decisive, tenacious journey through illness and loss. This book is about friendship, family, and the challenge to accept—and survive—the events in our lives beyond our control.” Nicole Hardy, author of Confessions of a Latt er-day Virgin
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Uncommonly candid, brave, poignant, and funny, with insightful introspection and inspiration throughout, Guts is a page-turner from start to finish. Surprisingly, I read the book in just two days over a holiday weekend with my husband and kids chomping at the bit for outings and activities. A rare achievement for a busy wife and mother without a lot of time to read!
This memoir is hard to put down, and impossible to forget. I find myself thinking about the people and events long after I finished the book. What would it be like to live with a permanent colostomy? How is parenting going for Janet and Matt as their children age? How are Beth’s family and her husband Kevin doing? Will there be a sequel? These and many other questions swirl around in my mind daily since closing the book earlier this week.
Thanks to Janet for sharing her amazing and moving story with us! Her strength of mind, body, and spirit is palpable. She has guts—and then some!
The perspective from a patient makes this a must-read for health professionals. Tri-athletes, people with fertility struggles, and anyone who's ever lost a friend or struggled to stand up and be heard will be strengthened by the author's "guts" to tell a challenging story with beauty and grace.