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Book Giveaway: *Lopsided* by Meredith Norton

lopsidedA cancer memoir that’s candid, heartfelt, and … funny?!  Yes, funny!  Meredith Norton’s Lopsided is that rare combination.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis:

By the age of thirty -four, Meredith Norton had been a hymnal editor, art restorer, game-show producer, and a public school teacher.  She’d even lived in a tree house and shepherded goats in Minorca.  But none of these unusual experiences prepared her for the most dramatic turn her life would take:  the diagnosis of an aggressive form of breast cancer.  In this brilliantly funny and irreverent memoir, Norton approaches the disease with a refreshing combination of humor and tenacity, railing against victimhood and self-pity and refusing to become a stereotype.

I usually edit anything subjective from the publisher’s summary, but in this case I have to agree with “funny and irreverent” and “humor and tenacity.”  My full review will be up in the next few days; in the meantime, if this teaser has grabbed your attention, you’re welcome to enter a giveaway for one of TWO copies provided by Penguin.

To enter, leave a comment sharing a sentence or two about an unusual work/school experience. Giveaway is open to US/Canada mailing addresses only, and will accept entries until midnight EST on Saturday, October 3.  Two winners will be drawn randomly, and announced on Sunday, October 4.

Update 10/4/09:  Author Meredith Norton had a wide variety of jobs and experiences – living in a tree house, hymnal editor, art restorer, etc.  I asked entrants in this giveaway to share an unusual work or school experience.  The winners of Norton’s Lopsided (along with their unusual experiences), drawn randomly are:

The winners of Lopsided are:

#9 – Lisette – School- I tripped and fell on BOTH knees HARD in front of my whole gym class :( It sucked and was so embarrassing.

#16 – jacque – I would say in 2nd grade my mom was a homeroom mother and there was a party in my class and I was showing off by running around the room laughing and hiding. The teacher scolled me in front of my mom and the other homeroom mothers and that embarrased me. I would love to read this book! Thanks!

Congratulations to the winners!  Please email me your US/Canada mailing address, and I’ll forward them to the publisher  Many thanks to Penguin for co-hosting this giveaway.

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23 comments to Book Giveaway: *Lopsided* by Meredith Norton

  • ruth

    This book sounds unique, special and memorable. I did have different experiences at school when I was young. At that time kids were humiliated on a daily basis. No rules applied at all. It was shameful since the entire class would watch and feel as badly for the student being punished for a tiny misdeameanor. We would be put into a corner, made to stand in the hall, sent to the principal, and all for a teacher’s ego.

  • Lindsay

    I agree–this book sounds fascinating. And as for an “unusual” work experience…the tenor of my day is regularly predicated upon the whims of bacteria and cancer cells. As a biological researcher it doesn’t feel unusual to me, but I get weird looks on the subway when a coworker and I talk about our E. coli or various cell lines as if they’re poorly-behaved little children.

  • Sounds good — a little like The Middle Place, maybe?
    Okay, so my experience: organizing a field trip for a group of pre-K kids, only to get everyone herded onto the bus (which took hours, with all the bathroom stops, missing gloves, etc)… then the bus driver informed me, once we’d gotten into D.C., that she had no idea how to get to the Postal Museum.

  • OK, here you go. I used to work for Tupperware in the corporate HQ, and managed a department of number crunchers…forecasting, inventory management, computer support. When we held our big conventions for the salespeople, we were all expected to go on the road to help make it all happen behind the scenes. One year, I had to dress up as Barbie, white stillettos and capri pants and wig of long blond hair, with a little Madonna mic on my head, and kick our new Barbie products, on stage to 3,000 people. They did NOT include that in my job description.

    I’d love to win a book about cancer that looks on the brighter side of things. Laughing is a good cure for so many things.

  • Hmmm…my unusual school experience comes from sixth grade. My friend and I were on the playground. I had my arms out of my sleeves tucked into my shirt because I was cold. My friend began tugging on my sleeves, I tripped and fell, and my shirt came off! Let me also mention that I was an early bloomer in the chest area- I already had a full B cup at age 12. Very embarrassing!

    amanda n.
    fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • My unusual and embarssing life experience occurred during a formal ball whilst my husband was in the Navy. We were all dressed up in our finery and I had on my beautiful new pink off the shoulder ball gown. My husband and I were doing our best to impress on the dance floor when he stood on the hem of my dress and pulled it right down for all to see . I will leave the rest to your imagination but it took a long time to live it down !Like this book you have to look on the bright side of things.

  • I was 16 and getting my lifeguarding certification and wearing an old(er) swimsuit during class. When I climbed out of the pool, the bottom split open. Aack!

  • Loved your review of this! So…my most unusual job was walking the 5 year old neighbor kid to the bus stop when I was 10. No cake walk since she was aggressive and large for her age. She’d always try to tackle me and a couple of times she made me eat grass. Still, I got $5 a week, and that was a lot for my age.

  • School-
    I tripped and fell on BOTH knees HARD in front of my whole gym class :( It sucked and was so embarrassing.

  • SarahBear

    Well since I’m still in school, my memory of unusual experiences is fresh! Last Halloween, I went to Friztler’s Corn Maze with a group of friends from school. Now, I was never the kind of girl that guys were all over. I’ve only had two boyfriends, and the first was a mistake that lasted 3 weeks. But at the Maze, for some unknown reason, there were 3 different guys vying for my attention by the end of the night. It was really weird for me. I didn’t do anything to provoke any of these guys. I didn’t treat them any differently than I do at school, but for some reason these guys were hitting on me nonstop. I still don’t understand it. I’ve just come to pass it off as a Halloween curse. We’ll see what happens this year! :)

  • I love memoirs, but this one I could not handle right now. I know (3) people with cancer undergoing treatment now; very scary.

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  • Jonnie H

    My unusual school experience when I got sick at school. I felt it coming on and when I opened my mouth to ask if I could go to the washroom, I vomited. Not thinking straight, I covered my mouth with my hand and ran out of the room, to the washroom, leaving a trail of puke behind me. It was such a mess! Boy, did I dread going school the next week, after I felt better.
    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

  • This sounds like an amazing story and certainly I would have nothing to compare to it. I was a teacher however and have millions of little things..like one day I wore my dress backwards to school…it was a shift type thing but nobody could tell except me, I think!

  • Piroska B

    Sounds like an excellent book.
    In Grade 8, we were doing the Russian Revolution in History. I told my dad (a Hungarian) all about what I learned. He was furious. The next day, he went to the teacher, and told him that HE was wrong, the text books were wrong, and proceeded to tell my teacher his view on what had happened. I was mortified. I never told my father anything that I learned, again…

  • jacque

    I would say in 2nd grade my mom was a homeroom mother and there was a party in my class and I was showing off by running around the room laughing and hiding. The teacher scolled me in front of my mom and the other homeroom mothers and that embarrased me. I would love to read this book! Thanks!

  • An unusual work/school experience? Are you doing this to entertain yourself? I think I need to consider asking questions in my giveaway things to amuse myself.

    Let’s see. I’m drawing a blank but I do remember vividly the first day of a new job where I realized — for the first time — that I would be working in 1. a windowless basement 2. in a room with my boss and other coworker and 3. my new boss was an idiot. It was a bad bad day. I felt like crying and realized I didn’t want this job. In the future, I always asked to see where I might be working!

  • Wow, this sounds great. An unusual experience though? Wow, this is hard. Well…in my high school, we used to bowl turkey’s. they were wrapped in tape and given somewhere after so they aren’t wasted, but it was our way of having fun near thanksgiving and we brought change and raised money and whatnot. it’s sounds crazy though, i know…never heard of another school doing it.

  • Benita G.

    We were 3 colleagues driving to Albany from the Bronx to work on compiling an exam. I left at three in the AM to pick up one lady, then the two of us picked up the other woman at 6AM. We drove and drove, and still arrived late to the auditorium. It took us until 9:30 to get there, having gotten lost several times.

  • karen k

    Just a few months back, I realized, much too late to do anything about it, that I was wearing two different shoes…a black one, and a navy one…all.day.long.

    what an inspirational book.

  • Darcy Odden

    This book sounds very interesting. Please include me.
    One year when I was in senior high, our school was evacuated because of a bomb threat, but it was the ’70s and just a prank.

  • Kristy

    One time a co-worker and I wore the exact same dress to work. We must have shopped the same Macy’s sale the previous weekend. Luckily there are over 2000 employees at my office so not too many people noticed.

  • Author Meredith Norton had a wide variety of jobs and experiences – living in a tree house, hymnal editor, art restorer, etc. I asked entrants in this giveaway to share an unusual work or school experience. The winners of Norton’s Lopsided (along with their unusual experiences), drawn randomly are:

    The winners of Lopsided are:

    #9 – Lisette – School- I tripped and fell on BOTH knees HARD in front of my whole gym class :( It sucked and was so embarrassing.

    #16 – jacque – I would say in 2nd grade my mom was a homeroom mother and there was a party in my class and I was showing off by running around the room laughing and hiding. The teacher scolled me in front of my mom and the other homeroom mothers and that embarrased me. I would love to read this book! Thanks!

    Congratulations to the winners! Please email me your US/Canada mailing address, and I’ll forward them to the publisher Many thanks to Penguin for co-hosting this giveaway.

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