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Life is a chronic condition. We all know, intellectually, that our time on Earth is limited. But what would we change if we knew it viscerally?

Hailed by Glennon Doyle as 'the Christian Joan Didion', Kate Bowler was 35 when she was diagnosed with stage-IV colon cancer. Before she got sick, she'd accepted the modern idea that life was an endless horizon of possibilities, a series of choices that if made correctly would lead to a rewarding existence. But now she has to ask one of the most fundamental questions of all: how do we create meaning in our lives as we race against the clock?

In No Cure for Being Human, Kate looks at the ways she has tried to wring purpose from her remaining time. She explores both the comically absurd and the profound, from attempting to remove best sellers by hollow self-help gurus from the hospital gift shop while still attached to a drip, to crawling into bed with a four-year-old dragon after his birthday party, as mere minutes transform into a transcendent moment, hovering outside of time. Kate discovers how to live bravely and make sense of it all, even when she's told it could come to an end at any moment.

Frank and funny, dark and wise, Kate's irreverent, hard-won observations on dying in No Cure for Being Human chart a bold path toward learning new ways to live.

©2021 Kate Bowler (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • Dr Andrew M Long
  • 11-01-21

Brilliantly told story

I recommend this to everyone because it reflects the reality of lived experience and the impact of health concern on everyday life. The messages are clear and convincing. It is a must read!

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  • Jenny
  • 01-06-22

Loved this

Kate’s soothing voice takes us through the raw honest and beauty of what is life. The fragility of it all, the fragility of our own thoughts. I’m so grateful to hear someone say that everything is not possible, especially in a world where so much feels impossible and small doses feel achievable.

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  • Sarah Smith
  • 10-20-21

Amazing book

Absolutely loved the book. It was so great to hear Kate read it!! Will be going back to listen again and read.

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  • Mrs I.
  • 10-07-21

Beautifully written

This is a beautifully written and narrated book. I listened to it on my commute to work this week and each day found myself simultaneously chuckling and 'suffering an onset of unexpected allergies'. Thought provoking, inspiring, and beautiful. I would whole heartedly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-21

Great narrator

Kate is a wonderful narrator. I love the way that she lowers her voice at sad sentences which makes me tear up and the sentence structures are brilliant.

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  • 11-05-21

Beautiful beyond measure.

A slap in the face, a punch in the gut, a tight hug, a blubbering mess, tears of joy, a glimpse of heaven… these are all the things I felt listening to this. Superb 👌🏼