Honorable Mention: Best Biography in English – 2016 International Latino Book Award

Top 10 Best Nonfiction Book, 2015 –


“Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a writer to watch. He has ignited his engines and is burning his way into high orbit. I am a great admirer of this book, and it makes me impatient for the books to come.”

— Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter

“Juan Alvarado Valdivia’s memoir is so funny and so deeply moving and so wonderfully written that you can’t believe, at first, that it is a cancer memoir. Unsentimental, hilarious, heartbroken in the best sense: you have to read this book.”

— Wesley Gibson, author of You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival

“In this frank and often humorous memoir, Alvarado Valdivia documents the yearlong battle he waged against the disease, making his way through chemotherapy and radiation while endeavoring to come to terms with his own private demons. As he faces down the evil foe he dubs ‘Mr. Hodgkins,’ Alvarado Valdivia works his way to health and a newfound understanding of himself.”

The Mercury News


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