I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise

I Want to Grow Hair I Want to Grow Up I Want to Go to Boise I Want to Grow Hair I Want to Grow Up I Want to Go to Boise Children Surviving Cancer

  • Title: I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise
  • Author: Erma Bombeck
  • ISBN: 9780061099052
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise Children Surviving Cancer

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    • Chanda says:

      What can you say about a book that focuses on childhood cancer? Not much outside of 'wow, I'm an ass'. This book causes you to laugh out loud through streaming tears and it gives you pause about what is really important. Sure it's irritating that I have to turn all the male-owned socks inside out before I wash them. Yeah, it's frustrating that I'm the only one that knows that the tupperware isn't kept in the garage and car insurance doesn't get paid just by wishing for full coverage. But I have [...]

    • Amy "the book-bat" says:

      I first read Erma Bombeck in the newspaper. I remember seeing several of her books on my grandma's bookshelf. After she passed away, I read those books and loved them quite a bit. Erma Bombeck has a fun and interesting take on subjects such as motherhood and housewifery and domestic issues. This book is a little different in that the subject is children with cancer. How can anyone write a "humor" book about something like that? In fact, Mrs. Bombeck asks that same question. And then she met the [...]

    • Valerie says:

      The children in this book have disgraceful vocabularies. Nobody under the age of 15 should be able to discourse learnedly on 'hematocrit', or 'white blood counts'. Yet they haven't prematurely aged. They still make a game out of who can go longest after chemo before throwing up.Erma Bombeck was brought up hard against one of the failures of our society: for all we boast of our (very real)achievements, we still can't seem to keep kids from getting sick. Until vaccines can be developed and become [...]

    • Benjamin Fresquez says:

      This book is very moving. Erma Bombeck presents childhood cancer in a "truthfully optimistic" manner. My favorite chapter was What Are Friends For.Written in 1989 the content is very relevant today. The children in the book accept their diagnoses and they each have their own way of dealing with treatment and explaining their struggle to others. I truly appreciate the way Erma gives a full perspective of children surviving cancer.

    • Cheryl says:

      I like the way that Erma writes. She wrote about a difficult subject, yet still did it justice. Good job!

    • Deborah says:

      A difficult task for a news paper columnist/humorist?You betcha. Like several of Erma Bombeck's other books, this is a compilation of essays grouped under broader Chapter topics. The humor in these essays may be accompanied by tears. Sadness, joy, or compassion.These stories were inspired by children with cancer and other terminal diseases, their families, and health care personnel, can help the average person put things in better prospective. I wonder if it could poke a leak of empathy in today [...]

    • Jodi says:

      I saw this book by Erma Bombeck so I picked it up expecting a light-hearted and fun read. Even though this book was about pediatric cancer, there was still humor and a light-hearted feel to this heavy topic. Good read.

    • Cristi McGill says:

      Very sweet book about a tough topic.

    • Book Concierge says:

      Bombeck, best known for her thrice weekly columns on all the trials and tribulations of being a suburban mother, wrote this very different book about children living with cancer. She was originally approached by the director of a camp for children with cancer and asked to help write a pamphlet or booklet that would let the campers know they weren’t alone, something that would help the counselors and the children as they dealt with some very real issues.After writing the first few chapters she [...]

    • NTE says:

      You know what's a great idea when you're feeling subhuman? You should definitely read a book about kids with cancer. Even though it's supposed to be an 'uplifting' book about kids with cancer - and their parents, siblings, doctors, relationships, lives - still probably not the best thing to get you out of a funk. It was well written, of course (Ms. Bombeck's humor is sneaky and broad), and I liked that it approached kids with cancer as if they were, you know actual human beings with whole lives [...]

    • Casey Davis says:

      This book was great in many ways; despite the fact it was talking about a very unfortunate disease, Erma Bombeck made cancerous children very happy about having the disease. Almost every patient that she mentioned was full of optimism which made me so happy that kids are trying to make a bad thing much better.Along with children who are full of optimism, another trait that many cancer patients own is self confidence. They are not afraid of the scars on their body or what people think of them. Al [...]

    • Ellen says:

      This is a really, really quick read and a nice, sweet look at kids with cancer who do well after their disease. Which is, happily, what happens to most kids with cancer. It was written in 1990 so the medical stuff is really dated, but of course kids' spirits and senses of humor don't change that much, nor do the emotions of parents, siblings, or friends touched by this awful illness. There are probably more detailed books written about this subject, but this book touches the surface of a sensiti [...]

    • Bev says:

      The title refers to what a child, suffering from cancer, said were his/her three wishes. Bombeck was approached to write an upbeat book about children with cancer. She wasn't sure she could do it until she visited a camp for children with cancer and got to know them. What she has written reminds me of the book "When Someone You Love Has Cancer," by DanaRae Pomeroy. You get to "know" kids with cancer, you get to know their parents, you get a sense of the joy and the tragedy, and you get a feel fo [...]

    • Fayette says:

      This is a very quick read and a reminder of why I always loved Erma Bombeck so much. She handles the difficult topic of childhood cancer with compassion and hope, while still pointing out that humor can make even the big C. more tolerable.

    • Eric says:

      I admit I like it only because I'm in it. No, I can't tell you where! It's only a brief mention, as when my family spoke with Bombeck I wasn't in the kind of straits that would have made good fodder for what she tries to keep a light-hearted book. That's another reason I give her kudos. I have no idea how many interviews she had to conduct for this work, but to have had the strength to face the stories you don't see and still write a work with this hope and tone is no small feat. I know, I've se [...]

    • Mal says:

      I am working on a children's book about a kid with cancer and her dog. So I've been doing a lot of researching and reading of other books about kids and for kids and cancer. I thought since this book came out in 1989, it might be out of date, but it's so not. And although Erma Bombeck herself died several years ago, her writing is as I remembered it, fresh and funny and full of heart. This book came out of interviews, conversations and experiences she had talking to kids and families about cance [...]

    • Ayah Ristin says:

      This may be the first cancer book ever that I've read that had managed to stray from all the negative implications of cancer. At first it brought me a strange feeling, having read it after I've read several cancer books before it that were generally painful to read about. It was a delightful read. I was glad that this book just proved me that there was indeed always something positive to look at, even in the most dreadful situations. That positivity and negativity are not to be found in situatio [...]

    • Louise says:

      Erma Bombeck approaches this tough subject with the same humour she's famous for. Her flair for writing is what makes it fun to read this book about children "SURVIVING" cancer. Notice the emphasis on surviving!!This easy to read novel is filled with heartwarming stories of kids who have every hope of beating the odds and going on to drive their parents up the wall.It's amazing to think how many children are stricken with cancer and equally as amazing to hear about how many BEAT IT!!! Kudos to a [...]

    • Nicole says:

      The summary and the forward of this book promised that it would be funny, and the way it was talked about made it seems that it'd be laugh-out-loud funny. It wasn't really. Some parts were humorous, but, I mean, how funny can cancer really get? It was interesting, though, to see how cancer can affect everyone, though. From moms and dads to siblings and friends. That was probably the best part.

    • Chelsea Lynn says:

      This is definitely the kind of book that will make you laugh while there are still tears in your eyes. It's a fast read. I started and finished it on a 3 hour drive, though I had to pause at times to wipe my eyes. It really shows how resilient children really are, the perspectives of not only the patients, but the people around them. Such a fantastic read, I'd recommend it to anyone that's been affected by cancer in some way.

    • Virginia Markhart says:

      Serious topic for this funny lady. I liked all the personal interviews.

    • Priya says:

      read it back in the days when i had the desire to be a pediatric oncologist. and i absolutely love this book. read it 4 times. it's remarkable to see children with such optimism despite their deadly disease, and it displays true innocence and love and kindness. reading it has always given me a different view on life, and the motivation to live better (how cliche). the simplicity of this book is definitely its greatest appeal.

    • Laurie says:

      I have read this before but need to check it out again. I remember loving it. Cancer, as only Erma could deal with it. She was lost to us too soon. I have it on my to-read list because I need to remember that part of Erma's life. I know she talks to the kids. But that was a great way for her to share her journey with us.

    • Tender Leaves says:

      Thought this book would be all about courage and grit and determination. It is. But it's also about optimism and humour and hope. Children, perhaps in their innocence, automatically have the power to not take things, life seriously. This book, once again, painfully reminds us of the childhood we leave behind. And then yearn for, without fail. Every single one of us.

    • Karen says:

      This book was okay, but I was expecting more. The tiny vignettes were fun and definitely gave some insight, but I felt like the book was too short and didn't focus on the kids enough. I would have liked to have learned more about the kids and their coping than lots of one liners.

    • KennyO says:

      If you think you're strong you should read this for a bit of perspective.

    • Super-Dot says:

      A great book to feel the pain of kids going through cancer but none the less a great book

    • Kathryn says:

      so touching with a good heart and outlook

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    • Cheryl Ringer says:

      I read this when my son had cancer. Inspiring!

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