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Geralyn Lucas graduated with honors from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She was an editorial producer at ABC News 20/20 for seven years before becoming the director of corporate communications and public affairs at Lifetime Television. She is also a proud member of Lifetime's Stop Breast Cancer for Life initiative. Geralyn lives in New York City with her husband, Tyler, and daughter, Skye. She never leaves the house without lipstick.


Lucas was 27, happily working as a 20/20 producer, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Suddenly, her world became a blur of appointments with surgeons and emotional breakdowns. Her book's catchy title belies its substantial content: this is an honest, perceptive memoir from a feisty survivor who's willing to discuss every detail, like getting sick in cabs during chemo treatments, baldness and sex. In fact, the book opens with Lucas, who's now 36, recounting her visit to a New York topless bar as she agonizes over losing a breast and contemplates reconstructive surgery. Lucas doesn't dismiss her fears; she talks about wanting to have a child and how her husband withdraws when so many other people step in to provide her with emotional support. What makes her memoir so moving is the author's breezy style and her focus on the daily details of her illness ("I am in the shower, and when I start lathering my comb-over, most of it stays in my hands. The big patches of hair just come out. No warning"). The story of Lucas's recovery, and of the birth of her daughter, make her book surprisingly optimistic and immensely empowering. Agent, Joelle Delbourgo. (Oct. 14) Forecast: Sales will get a boost from fashion designer Betsey Johnson's T-shirt celebrating Lucas's book, Stila's "Geralyn" lipstick, and promotions with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Young Survival Coalition. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

At age 27, Lucas, director of original programming at Lifetime Television, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her fear is palpable, and the response from others, including the medical community, only exacerbates her trauma. She makes unexpected choices for her ultimate survival, including wearing lipstick to her mastectomy because it demands attention and makes her feel confident. More personal than Leibson-Hawkins's work, which collects stories from others, this totally charming, hilarious memoir will give women, especially younger women, a model of how to proceed even when they're scared to death. Highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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