"Sometimes a reviewer wants to stop writing about a book and simply stand up and cheer. The wisest book I've read in a long time."
Every author has a favorite review. This review of The Spirituality of Imperfection by Dr. Larry Dossey, author of Meaning and Medicine, is mine. I can’t claim the wisdom of that book, however—it belongs to my coauthor, Ernest Kurtz. For nearly four decades I have been content to stand in the shadow of my brilliant coauthors and collaborators, covering subjects ranging from addiction and recovery to the fallibility of memory, the gifts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the power of empathy, and the complexities of understanding, treating, and living with chronic pain.
My most recent book, a memoir about my journey with my son through his addiction and recovery, is my first solo effort. My favorite review of that book was offered (a gift for sure) by Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation:
“Katherine Ketcham is a gifted storyteller and uses her considerable resources from a life devoted to the telling of others’ stories to provide an unfiltered, visceral immersion into her own family’s experience with addiction.”
STORIES and STORYTELLING. As I approach my seventh decade, I know this is where I belong. Please be sure to visit the “Stories” page on this website and sign up for my weekly storytelling blog which will be launched on Friday, November 30th.