Each of Sophie's nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia, and Bebé. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Eventually accumulating nine wigs during her treatment, each one gives Sophie a different personality that helps her escape her disease. I mean my goodness, I wasn't even on page 10 before I was crying. "The Girl With Nine Wigs" (original title "Meisje met negen pruiken" published in 2006 in the Netherlands) is the debut memoir from Sophie van der Stap, who finds out, at age 21, that she has cancer, and not just any cancer, but a rare cancer form (the technical term being 'rhabdomyosarcoma', which is a rare malignant tumor involving striated muscle tissue). Previous page of related Sponsored Products. A striking, fun-loving student, her world is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. "For a week I lay there in my white room, in my white bed, in my white hospital gown, surrounded by white, white, white," she writes. Being a cancer survivor myself, the title in the biography section immediately caught my eye. A book that puts life into perspective . The chapters are dates for journal entries. It does have a bit a vulgarity, but otherwise, I highly recommend this book! Funny, forthright, honest, the journal of a young Dutch woman facing cancer on her own terms with courage and originality. SOPHIE VAN DER STAP was 21 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. It probably helps that Sophie has an interesting cast of supporting characters amongst her friends which means that the book is not concentrated merely on the bad stuff but shows patches of light and joy too. Provides a proven blueprint for Vanquishing Cancer, with in-depth research and detailed illustrations. I tried sooo hard to like it and enjoy reading it, but just didn't care and found myself wishing it was over. Floating Feathers: A Doctor's Harrowing Experience as a Patient Within Conventional... Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels, Freckled: A Memoir of Growing up Wild in Hawaii, Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl, No More Dodging Bullets: A Memoir about Faith, Love, Lessons, and Growth. Good story, well written main character and a strong female lead. I found it an infectious read and hard to put down. A book that puts life into perspective . No, I didn't go to the market this morning and I didn't have my usual coffee on Westerstraat. ARMORED is an inspirational memoir of triumph, a story of enduring love, and ultimately a practical guide to managing crisis on your own terms. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2016. Thankfully this is a cancer memoir where the person, Sophie van der Stap, is a survivor. He spent years of his medical career advocating for better patient care, making himself a target as a whistleblower. Hope she's doing fine today and tomorrow and the day after... Sophie van der Stap's documentation of her battle with cancer is a funny, honest perspective of how it feels to be twenty-one and lose almost every aspect of the life she knows. What Sophie van der Stap has written is truly a masterpiece; she has managed to seize the lightness in the gravest of situations.” ―Der Spiegel (Germany). Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. As wigs become a crucial part of Sophie's new life, she reclaims a sense of self-expression. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Please try again. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy of Van Der Stap's novel, in exchange for an honest review. She even manages to meet one doctor straight from TV Land, he is so handsome. Other parts of the book explore the author's amazing resilience in ways both large and small. Please try again. It was really interesting and I absolutely flew through it because I was right there with her whenever she had an upcoming scan I would rush through the pages feeling nervous for her. The big question is why on earth I decided to pick the GIRL WITH NINE WIGS up. The Girl with Nine Wigs: A Memoir: 9781849538688: Books - Amazon.ca. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. It was a very good read. Please try again. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Sophie van der Stap was 21 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. Mēs dzīvojam sev un tiem, kurus visvairāk mīlam.”, Publieksprijs voor het Nederlandse Boek Nominee (2009). I liked her idea of buying different wigs to show different sides of her personality. A book written from the heart. A striking, fun-loving student, her world is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. They often make Sophie bolder and more confident and because of them she ends up in all kinds of fascinating situations. Sophie had a diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma, a relatively rare soft tissue cancer that is mostly seen in children and is very rare in adults. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2016. A year with a lot of downs, but also several ups, because even though she has cancer Sophie manages to embrace life and to find ways to get through the horrific treatments, feeling awful and being afraid. Next Monday, January 31, I have to admit myself at the hospital for my first chemotherapy session. You will get an email reminder before your trial ends. I found it an infectious read and hard to put down. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Each of her nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia and … Refresh and try again. The chapters are dates for journal entries. An eye-opening memoir about mental illness and the medical profession delivered in a well-written, interesting, and engaging style. Unable to add item to List. Each of Sophie's nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia, and BebE. Well, I guess Sophie deserves it after all that she's been through. But I would have gotten a better grasp of what she was writing if she had included pictures of the wigs as I was reading. Being a cancer survivor myself, the title in the biography section immediately caught my eye. The Girl with Nine Wigs: A Memoir < eBook ^ AJLZAJRLYO The Girl with Nine Wigs: A Memoir By Sophie Van der Stap, Charlotte Caroline Jongejan Summersdale Publishers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I think the biggest cause of this for me is the Diary structure in which it's presented, but with the writing of each entry being that of a novel complete with dialogue. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Biographies of Medical Professionals (Audible Books & Originals), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. A 21-year-old college student when she is diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a particularly virulent form of cancer, Sophie is plunged into the terrifying world of the gravely ill. No, I didn't go to the market this morning, and I didn't have my usual coffee on Westerstraat. I gave this a three-star at first then decided to settle at four-star. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway and approached with some caution because, let face it, a memoir from a 20 something who's been diagnosed with rare and aggressive cancer doesn't exactly sound like a jolly read. I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. A year with a lot of downs, but also several ups, because even though she has cancer Sophie manages to embrace life and to find ways to get through the horrific treatments, feeling awful and being afraid. All kind of colors and hairstyles represent another part of herself and she chooses who she wants to be each day based on her feelings. An inspiring read. I really enjoyed this book, it's well-written and very witty. I finally Googled & found an article about the author that featured her wearing the wigs. ARMORED: A Memoir with Inspirational and Practical Life Strategies, Fallible: A Memoir of a Young Physician’s Struggle with Mental Illness. ©2015 Sophie van der Stap, Translation: 2015 Charlotte Caroline Jongejan and Sophie van der Stap (P)2015 Recorded Books. A book written from the heart. There's a problem loading this menu right now. When a life of affluence is torn away and replaced with strife, unimaginable challenges, and heartbreaking realities, how will a young mother cope? A very brave young lady - who highlights the importance of health ,Family , love and luck in life. ‘We have every second, minute and hour of the day for ourselves. Sophie Van Der Stap is just 21 years old when she receives the devastating news that she has a rare type of cancer that will require 54 weeks of treatment. Welcome back. Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2015. This book is a candid look at a cancer diagnosis and the aftereffects. I could relate to much of what she wrote about - the fear of losing your life to this horrible disease, the pain of watching survivor friends lose their lives, then the fear of losing your entire "after-cancer" identity to cancer itself.
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