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Any Day With Hair is a Good Hair Day
by Michelle Rapkin
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Center Street, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Jessica Weaver

Any Day With Hair is a Good Hair Day is what I've come to expect from Center Street Press: your basic book with a light touch of spirituality. While Michelle Rapkin does not dwell on the spiritual aspect of fighting cancer, she does throw in a few prayer and Scripture references in her short, how-to manual.

Although I anticipated a humor book on cancer, which this is not, I was pleasantly surprised by Rapkin's thin volume. It is a simple guide on how to 'get on with the rest of your life,' as the subtitle suggests. Short chapters consist of hints on how to tell your family and friends about your cancer; practical suggestions for dealing with chemo, radiation, and their side effects; a section to be copied on advice for friends; and how to let people actually help you. Rapkin also throws in sections on prayers from different religions, top ten lists on everything from comic movies to uplifting Scriptures, and a short chapter devoted to jokes.

Even though Any Day With Hair is a Good Hair Day misses the mark as a true humor book, it's chock full of helpful advice to the new cancer patient. Rapkin gives permission for the patient to focus completely on him or herself during this difficult time, and above all stresses that life does go on.

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