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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Boesky Narrator: Elizabeth London Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781596597013
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At thirty-two, Amy Boesky thought she had it all figured out: a wonderful new man in her life, a great job, and the (nearly) perfect home. For once, she was almost able to shake the terrible fear that had gripped her for as long as she could remember. All of the women in her family had died before the age of forty-five-from cancer-and she and her sisters had grown up in time's shadow. Urgency colored every choice they made and was amplified now that each of them approached thirty-five-the deadline their doctors prescribed for having preventive surgery with the hope that they could thwart their family's medical curse. But Amy didn't want to dwell on fear now; she wanted to spend time with her husband plan for a new baby; live her life. And that's just what she did. In a way that only someone who is so acutely aware of passing time can, she chose to put her anxieties aside and relish life's simple pleasures. In What We Have, Amy shares a deeply transformative year in her family's life and invites listeners to join in their joy, laughter, and grief. Unparalleled in its optimism and wisdom, What We Have celebrates the promise of a full life, even in the face of uncertainty. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean Godwin Carroll | 2/14/2014

    " One woman's story of her family's inherited cancer gene. I thought the first half of the book was very slow as she talks about meeting her husband and getting her first job and moving to a new city. The second half deals with her mother's sickness and death and was more moving. However it wasn't until the very end that she talked about her decision to remove her ovaries and breasts as prophylatic measure and her struggle with whether or not to be tested for the BRAC-1 gene. Since this was the whole point of her story, I thought she only gave it scant attention in the epilogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy Marro | 2/13/2014

    " This is an exceptional story that chronicales the anguish and hope the author goes through as she strives to cope with the female cancer that strikes multi-generations. The fatal legacy drives the decisions that are made and the precautions that are taken. Empathy is experienced as we see the love, happiness, wisdom, fear and grief in this memoir. Thank you Amy for your inspiring book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/11/2014

    " The story of a woman living with the threat of familial ovarian and breast cancer and figuring out how to avoid these in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/9/2014

    " Another sad memoir, but this one is well written. (The author is a lit professor at Boston College.) Very good book, but some may not be willing to read such a sad book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Payne | 2/1/2014

    " A friend loaned me her copy of this book and told me a little bit about the story line. I started it with a little trepidation and I found myself immediately pulled into the story. I tried to put myself in her shoes and try to understand what it would be like to know that cancer runs in the female line of your family. (My side of the family is heart attack - boom - gone.) I found it a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shurronne | 1/31/2014

    " I wasn't sure what to expect withnthis novel, but surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Read it on Spring Break w/ e children in ?Winchester, VA, and I definitely would recommend it --- good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Stanton | 1/19/2014

    " my favorite kind of book...a real woman living a genuine life filled with love, joy, sorrow, loss...her life experience leads to growth in mine.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Pewitt fox | 1/11/2014

    " I read this after losing my young daughter to cancer, being diagnosed with cancer, being diagnosed with a genetic mutation, and then being diagnosed with a brain tumor. While our stories are different in many ways, I could appreciate, identify or at least sympathize with a lot of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kt. | 1/11/2014

    " This memoir starts out very Anne Lamott with laugh-out-loud stories of preparing for a first child and finding the perfect house. Before long, the author is grappling with the imminent loss of her mother. I don't want to say more because it's really better to go into this one blind. The person who gave me the book instructed me not to read the prologue and I am glad I listened to her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/19/2013

    " Very well done; the best of this genre that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 12/11/2013

    " Very interesting memoir about living in the shadow of cancer. Be prepared with some tissues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/7/2013

    " I thought this book was ok. The point seemed to get a little blurred for me. Maybe I've been in a reading slump. But anyway, I thought the link b/w family members and cancer was interesting. My Grandmother had breast cancer and I always wonder if it's in the cards for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 11/23/2013

    " I got this as a pre release and I thought it was a little bit too sad but it is well written and describes some of life's defining moments in really good detail. I could go without the occasional swear word, but otherwise I would recommend it to friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 11/4/2013

    " Amy Boesky is a great writer. Once I started the book, I couldn't wait to read more. Her details about what life is like with a newborn are perfect! I did think the book was very sad, but well-written and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 9/9/2013

    " A solid, beautifully written memoir about a family's experiences with cancer and death. Boesky has a way with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terina | 2/23/2013

    " coming from a very religious background, it was interesting to read a book about cancer and dying from the perspective of a family that are not religious and how they find peace during very difficult times. regardless of their religion, they are obviously a family that love each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Smith | 10/13/2012

    " I had to read this with a box of tissues. Empowering and heartbreaking at the same time. It's hard to say what I would do in that position either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jhawks3 | 11/26/2011

    " Parts of this book were a little slow, but I ended up giving it 4 stars because I literally couldn't put it down with 150 pages left. I felt like I was in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shurronne | 4/24/2011

    " I wasn't sure what to expect withnthis novel, but surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Read it on Spring Break w/ e children in ?Winchester, VA, and I definitely would recommend it --- good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/16/2011

    " I had to read this with a box of tissues. Empowering and heartbreaking at the same time. It's hard to say what I would do in that position either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/17/2011

    " Very interesting memoir about living in the shadow of cancer. Be prepared with some tissues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2011

    " This book was so interesting. I also come from a cancer family and identified with many of the situations. It was nice for me to read this book from an outside point of view. I plan on reading this book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/11/2010

    " The story of a woman living with the threat of familial ovarian and breast cancer and figuring out how to avoid these in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/21/2010

    " This was a great read -- well written, insightful, humorous. One of those books that makes you wish the author was a friend of yours in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/15/2010

    " You would think this book would be about death, but it's more about living your life with the hand you were dealt. Makes you wonder about genetic testing, would you want to know if you were going to probably get a disease? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 9/3/2010

    " Really great memoir. Touching, funny, sad; very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 9/3/2010

    " I got this as a pre release and I thought it was a little bit too sad but it is well written and describes some of life's defining moments in really good detail. I could go without the occasional swear word, but otherwise I would recommend it to friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 8/29/2010

    " A solid, beautifully written memoir about a family's experiences with cancer and death. Boesky has a way with words. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Boesky

Amy Boesky, a graduate of Oxford and Harvard, is an associate professor of English at Boston College. She is the author of What We Have and was one of the principal ghostwriters for the bestselling young adult series Sweet Valley High. She lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters.