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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meredith Norton Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lopsided is not your ordinary cancer memoir. Meredith Norton displays the razor-sharp wit of a masterful humorist as she chronicles her experience, from the first appearance of her bizarre symptoms while she was living in Paris to moving to California to live with her compulsive parents and their five television sets. Along with hilarious and harrowing portrait of her treatments, she offers equally amusing memories of her offbeat life, rants about well-meaning family and friends, and rails against self-pity. Funny, irreverent, and down-to-earth, Norton’s memoir brings a refreshing burst of attitude to a difficult experience she refuses to be intimidated by.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A truly elegant memoir…Norton is terrific at narrating the physical slapstick of battling this disease. But she’s even better on the arrogance and pretense the cancer reveals…she’s fresh and adorable, and you hope she sticks round to produce at least another dozen surly, lovely books.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] wise, humorous memoir…Her disarming frankness renders the book less a cancer survival guide and more a lovably unfiltered e-mail from a hilarious friend. There has not been a funnier, more honest cancer account in recent memory.”


  • “By including touches of wit and sarcasm, Norton strikes a successful balance between light and heavy, keeping her audience consistently engaged.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Can a book about a life-threatening illness be entertaining—even humorous? Surprisingly, yes. Listeners may find themselves laughing out loud at MacDuffie’s wryly funny reading of this memoir: an irreverent, graphic, and consistently compelling account of Norton’s rare breast cancer and dire prognosis. The reader’s razor-sharp comic timing and delicately shaded tones of irony complement the author’s equally sharp wit and observations…This memoir demonstrates that humor is indeed the best medicine.”


  • “Crackle[s] with heartfelt intensity and irreverence.”


  • “[A] wonderfully enlightening and honestly (if somewhat digressively) written account…Her tone may be facetious, her language colorful, and her distractions gritty…but her view of cancer (funny and irreverent) and her place in the world…will make readers stand up and cheer. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Blackly humorous…Norton is one plucky dame, and she displays a sharp eye for the human condition. Her challenging, awkward encounters—with doctors, nurses, even with well-meaning but clueless sympathizers—all have the ring of truth…Norton calls herself a storyteller, and the tale she has crafted from a life-altering event is indeed hard to put down.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “If you seek to be moved—to laughter, that is—look no further…[Norton’s] victimless approach doesn’t sugarcoat the experience but rather brings to light hilarious universals.”

    Daily Candy

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/14/2014

    " It was pretty good. A quick, funny read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawne | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this book! Meredith Norton writes in the same vein as Haven Kimmel and Anne Lamott...she is achingly astute, poignient and funny all in the same breath. She doesn't gloss over the seriousness of her condition, but she has a life and baby and a complicated family and these things are also a part of her life. This book should be on every woman's shelf both because it is soberingly real and because it is loaded with hope and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrian | 1/29/2014

    " The first half is hilarious and tragic. The last half isn't as interesting. However, I really admire the author and her spunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eryn | 1/9/2014

    " Great book - very touching and funny "

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