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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Brinker Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at 36, she died.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. The Goodman girls were raised in postwar Peoria, Illinois, by parents who believed that small acts of charity could change the world. Suzy was the big sister - the homecoming queen with an infectious enthusiasm and a generous heart. Nancy was the little sister - the tomboy with an outsized sense of justice who wanted to right all wrongs. The sisters shared makeup tips, dating secrets, plans for glamorous fantasy careers. They imagined a long life together - one in which they'd grow old together surrounded by children and grandchildren. Suzy's diagnosis shattered that dream.

In 1977, breast cancer was still shrouded in stigma and shame. Nobody talked about early detection and mammograms. With Nancy at her side, Suzy endured the many indignities of cancer treatment, from the grim, soul-killing waiting rooms to the mistakes of well-meaning but misinformed doctors. That's when Suzy began to ask Nancy to promise: to end the silence, to raise money for scientific research, to one day cure breast cancer for good. Big, shoot-for-the-moon promises that Nancy never dreamed she could fulfill. But she promised because this was her beloved sister. I promise, Suzy... even if it takes the rest of my life.

Nancy soon found a useful outlet for her grief and outrage. Armed only with a shoebox filled with the names of potential donors, Nancy put her formidable fund-raising talents to work and quickly discovered a groundswell of grassroots support.

Promise Me is a deeply moving story of family and sisterhood, and a soaring affirmative to the question: Can one person truly make a difference?

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katherine Bates | 2/13/2014

    " I really wanted to like this, but I found her somewhat irritating. I know she has done AMAZING things to honor her sister, but I just didn't' like it. Maybe its because I felt an undercurrent of politics (but maybe I am just sensitive to that) I wish I would have liked it more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kacey | 2/10/2014

    " A 3.5 stars for me. I was intrigued by Nancy's building of Komen and I was impressed at all she did. I was, however, not a big fan of her as a person. I know that sounds rediculous since I've never met her but she and her sister came across as spoiled and priviledged girls in the book. I definitely enjoyed our book club discussion more than I actually enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerry | 2/7/2014

    " Very sad book, but uplifting. Really showed the strong bonds of sisterhood. If you're interested in breast cancer research or learning more about susan g. komen, I would definitely recommend reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/31/2014

    " I really, really liked this book more than I ever expected to like it. Nancy Brinker is fascinating and I want to be her when I grow up! The book was very emotional and uplifting at the same time; I shed lots of tears but smiled just as much. What a great reminder that you can do anything with persistance, guts, and a dash of stubborness! I'm so glad the world is being "pinked" in honor of Susan G. Komen! "

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