NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ΓÇó A searing,deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young womanΓÇÖs journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into ΓÇ£normalΓÇ¥ lifeΓÇöfrom the author of the LifeInterrupted column in The New York Times ΓÇ£I was immersed for the whole ride and would follow Jaouad anywhere. . . . Her writing restores the moonlights the way as we learn to endure the unknown.ΓÇ¥ΓÇöChanel MillerThe New York Times Book Review ΓÇ£Beautifully crafted . . . affecting . . . a transformative read . . . JaouadΓÇÖs insights about the selfconnectednessuncertainty and time speak to all of us.ΓÇ¥ΓÇöThe Washington Post In the summer after graduating from collegeSuleika Jaouad was preparingas they say in commencement speechesto enter ΓÇ£the real world.ΓÇ¥ She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she foundhoweverwould take her into a very different kind of conflict zone. It started with an itchΓÇöfirst on her feetthen up her legslike a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustionand the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor anda few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthdaya diagnosis: leukemiawith a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like thatthe life she had imagined for herself had gone up in flames. By the time Jaouad flew home to New Yorkshe had lost her jobher apartmentand her independence. She would spend much of the next four years in a hospital bedfighting for her life and chronicling the saga in a column for The New York Times. When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer wardΓÇöafter countless rounds of chemoa clinical trialand a bone marrow transplantΓÇöshe wasaccording to the doctorscured. But as she would soon learna cure is not where the work of healing ends; itΓÇÖs where it begins. She had spent the past 1500 days in desperate pursuit of one goalΓÇöto survive. And now that sheΓÇÖd done soshe realized that she had no idea how to live. How would she reenter the world and live again? How could she reclaim what had been lost? Jaouad embarkedΓÇöwith her new best friendOscara scruffy terrier muttΓÇöon a 100-day15000-mile road trip across the country. She set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital: a teenage girl in Florida also recovering from cancer; a teacher in California grieving the death of her son; a death-row inmate in Texas whoΓÇÖd spent his own years confined to a room. What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porousthat the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fiercetenderand inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.
Between Two Kingdoms
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