"The funniest book about cancer you will ever read. Capuano manages to humanize his harrowing journey without bathos and yet I still walked away crying, with tears of sadness and laughter. No mean trick. ... A memoir both tender and hard for the healthy and the sick."
- David Duchovny
"Nothing about cancer is funny – so why did I laugh so hard at James Capuano’s personal story about his struggles with Stage 4 colon cancer? Simply put: because it’s hilarious. Never one to run away from the truth, his in-your-face account tells it like it is, providing valuable insight into how this disease affects not only the body and the mind, but also family and friends. ... a surprisingly life-affirming tale."
- Susan Sarandon
James Capuano's BEAST delivers the author's highly idiosyncratic, inspiring and informative take on his diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer, and his long journey to remission.
The book is sure to provide entertaining reassurance to all those diagnosed with cancer in its various forms, as well as those who care about and for them.
"Here's something crazy for you," writes Capuano. "There's a kind of thrill that goes along with the uncertainty of a late stage diagnosis. Granted, my initial reaction wasn't: 'Boy, this is kind of exciting.' But as I wandered a little further down the road, it hit me: There's something about being in the general vicinity of death that brings you back to life. It snaps you right out of complacency. Suddenly, every thought counts, every action. You can't put off until tomorrow anymore. Things became crystal clear and my mind so sharp I could have slayed the Beast with just once glance."
In the end, his message is this: No matter how hopeless or dire a situation may seem, nothing is inevitable, and the will - no, the conviction - to fight counts for a hell of a lot.
Restaurateur Drew Nieporent (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Corton) says of this book: "Jimmy Capuano has written a compelling, no nonsense account of his grueling battle with cancer. He pulls no punches, and in facing down death, he provides us with a wonderful affirmation of life."
Tony Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer of Protravel International
Finally, we have this from David P. Kirchoff, author of WEIGHT LOSS BOSS and CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc. "Armed with New York attitude and a salty vernacular that could make George Carlin blush, Jimmy Capuano takes on Stage 4 colon cancer with both fists flying. Honest, open, visceral and ridiculously funny, Capuano's memoir manages the feat of dmystifying a horrible condition, humanizing a wrenching treatment and illuminating the path to achieve hope, humanity and dignity in the face of a terrifying disease."
New Street Communications, LLC ( Wickford, RI) has published BEAST as a paperback ($14.95) and in eBook formats for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook ($7.95). For more details about the memoir please visit http://newstreetcommunications.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Capuano is Senior Vice President for the Markets Division at Thomson Reuters, the global news and information company. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Dana and their four children.