When Life Gives You Pears

When Life Gives You Pears

The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People

Book - 2019
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The Big Sick meets Dad is Fat in this funny and heartfelt New York Times bestselling memoir from writer, director, wife, and mother, Jeannie Gaffigan, as she reflects on the life-changing impact of her battle with a pear-sized brain tumor.
In 2017, Jeannie's life came to a crashing halt when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. As the mother of 5 kids -- 6 if you include her husband -- sat in the neurosurgery department in star-covered sweats too whimsical for the seriousness of the situation, all she could think was "Am I going to die?"

Thankfully, Jeannie and her family were able to survive their time of crisis, and now she is sharing her deeply personal journey through this miraculous story: the challenging conversations she had with her children; how she came to terms with feeling powerless and ferociously crabby while bedridden and unable to eat for a month; and how she ultimately learned, re-learned and re re-learned to be more present in life.

With sincerity and hilarity, Jeannie invites you into her heart (and brain) during this trying time, emphasizing the importance of family, faith and humor as keys to her recovery and leading a more fulfilling life.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781538751046
Branch Call Number: 362.196994 G131G
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 11, 2020

In this terrifying and funny account, Jeannie Gaffigan, wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan, tells her story of how her pear shaped brain tumor shaped her marriage, Catholic faith and her role as mother to her five children. Her story is inspirational and one that wives and mothers everywhere can relate to.

Dec 31, 2019

Wow, her condition was way worse than I had imagined and amazing that she has recovered. For them to find humor in any of this is amazing. Great example of a couple who really come through tough times and stick together. She is a good author, appreciate her honesty.

Nov 25, 2019

I love Jim Gaffigan and now I love his wife. This is a very well-written book. Highly recommend.


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