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Book Club: I’m Just A Person, Chapter 5

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Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 5: Letting Go of the book, I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro! Catch up on Chapter 1: Over My Mother’s Dead BodyChapter 2: Are You My Mother, Chapter 3: The Downfall, and Chapter 4: Saying Good-Bye.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 5!


I connected so completely to Tig’s writing in this chapter.  My mother died two months before my own cancer diagnosis.  I remember feeling very close to her as I encountered my own, life-threatening illness yet also feeling very angry that she wasn’t there to continue mothering me.  I often searched for her in her things…wanting to connect to her in all of the belongings she left behind.  I still do this from time to time.  Before my dad moved out of my childhood home, I would stand in their closet, staring at my mother’s things, wondering if there was something that I might have overlooked the last time that might bring me closer to her while she seemed so far away.  I still often wear her pajama pants to bed even if I was a good, 5 inches shorter than my mother.

What do you think?  How are you finding Tig’s storytelling?

Thanks for joining us for Chapter 5: Letting Go of I’m Just A Person!  Join in next Monday for Chapter 6: Diagnosis.

If you’re just joining us, here are some logistics:

We will talk about a chapter each Monday until the book is done.  Then, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss.  Join in, in the comments every week!  At the end, we’ll have a book club discussion via video chat!  Also, there will probably be spoilers.  Read along with us!

How are you enjoying our young adult cancer book club?