I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse?: An Illustrated Memoir Books

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Suzy Becker

Remember that socially awkward classmate in grade school who confided in you those awful jokes? Recall laughing along because the kid’s attempts were so forlorn that it made you feel like a good person? Do not feel obligated to do so with this selection. I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuses is a mildly entertaining read about one woman’s comedic journey before, during, and post brain surgery. However, the only comedic element that holds this short read together is the cartoons that accompany each and every page. The majority of the “excitement “of the story happens while she is recuperating when the relationships and love with her family is challenged by the hardships of speech impediments and thought deterioration.

To be fair, the book is relatable in her honesty to the readers, explaining each up and down that happens in her day-to-day life. If I may sarcastically inject however, this is like saying, “I woke up this morning without too much of a headache and went downstairs to make some toast but I was breadless! What a crime!” *sigh* and so on and so forth goes the dry humor of the book…It is motivational in the same sense and power as a sticky note on the fridge, reminding you to take the dog on a walk tonight. Becker’s novel is heart warming and kooky and would be a fantastic book to read if you had a lot of stamina to push yourself to get to the end.

Kim C, Circulation

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