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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

The best-selling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved) asks, how do you move forward with a life you didn’t choose?

“Kate Bowler is the only one we can trust to tell us the truth.” (Glennon Doyle, author of the number one New York Times best seller Untamed)

It’s hard to give up on the feeling that the life you really want is just out of reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. Everyone wants to believe that they are headed toward good, better, best. But what happens when the life you hoped for is put on hold indefinitely? 

Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered, at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In No Cure for Being Human, she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today’s “best life now” advice industry, which insists on exhausting positivity and on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness. We are, she finds, as fragile as the day we were born. 

With dry wit and unflinching honesty, Kate Bowler grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with her limitations in a culture that says anything is possible. She finds that we need one another if we’re going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between - and there’s no cure for being human.

©2021 Kate Bowler (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"With grace, wisdom, and humor, Kate Bowler encourages us to cut back on self-help Kool-Aid and teaches us what it means to be human.” (Adam Grant, number one New York Times best-selling author of Think Again)

“Kate Bowler has paid through the nose to become a writer of uncommon spiritual wisdom, coupled with an amazing sense of humor and a heart full of love. She fills me with hope.” (Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author of Dusk, Light, Dawn)

“Kate Bowler refuses to jump on the bandwagon of toxic positivity. Instead, she leads us to a truer truth: The work is unfinishable, and so be it.” (Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author, host of the podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders and PBS’s Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan)

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I Can’t Listen Anymore

I eagerly bought this book and Everything Happens For A Reason based on an eloquent article that praised Bowler for nailing toxic positivity. Great! It needs to be nailed. So I dug into the books.

I patiently listened to a tedious hour and a half of solipsistic self description in a four and a half hour book (Everything…) before finally skipping to the appendices at the end. Then I turned to this one, hoping it would get to the point more quickly. 48 minutes in and she is still talking about her favorite subject: herself. While I can certainly understand her need to talk about herself and her life, especially under the circumstances, it does not make for very educational reading. I didn’t want the Lifetime movie; I wanted information about toxic positivity.

Not my cup of tea. But if you want to sob along with her sad story, go ahead.

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Highly recommend.

Kate writes (and reads the book) with such authenticity and grace. She beautifully intertwines the heartaches of being human with irony, sarcasm, and humble grace. From beginning to end, she carries the reader through short stories of past, present, and future experiences, joys, and sorrows. Kate reminds us that it’s okay to not be okay.

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Full of pain and laughter. Just like life.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. Kate shares a path through her suffering that is full of humanity, authenticity, big feelings and giggles rather than the delusional, saccharine, drivel that often is served up to us that inspires shame. Her writing gives me more courage for those days when I'm a pint, or gallon, low.

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Wonderful

She is my hero. Reality with courage and love. Thank you very much. There are few people who iv’e read willing to be this vulnerable and real.

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Kate Has Done It Again

Lightening has struck twice for Dr. Bowler--her book is a phenomenal work and should be read and consumed by all. I thoroughly enjoyed her honesty and frankness, and I will continue to share this book with others who might find it meaningful.

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Beautiful

Kate both writes and narrates her story in a way should make better humans of us all. She is engaging, intimate, real, gripping, heartbreaking and hilarious.

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This is the most stunning book I have ever read. Kate the world is so lucky to have your voice.

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Incredible listen

When I heard of this book I was excited to listen on audible in Kate’s own voice. I was fortunate enough to be her student years ago and have been impacted by her work! Have tissues ready - very moving and real. Thanks Kate!

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Kate Bowler is one strong human! Thank you for writing your experience navigating the healthcare business in a time of life when you expect humanity but do not often find it. I am so happy for you and your family that you're having remission from the cancer. I am praying for you that it continues. God Bless

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Kate is a wonderful storyteller!

It was an emotional ride reading Kate's story of overcoming her illness. It did end a bit abruptly but it was a helpful read especially for anyone dealing with the uncertainty of a deadly illness in the family. This was told with great emotion.

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