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Am I Getting Paid for This?

by Betty Rollin

When Betty Rollin graduated from college in the late 1950s, she couldn't find a husband and she didn't want to be a secretary. So, in the days before women's liberation, she started a career--or, as she puts it, "fell into--then groped my way in and out of--three careers."Am I Getting Paid For This? is a love story about work by the author of First, You Cry. It is the part funny, part not-so-funny story of her three careers--first acting, then writing, then television news broadcasting at NBC--and what work itself came to mean to Betty Rollin. Recreating the confusion and unhappiness as well as the considerable glitter of it all, Betty tells us how it felt to make the audition rounds; how she landed editing jobs at Vogue and then at Look, where her "star beat" found her hunting the Real Doris Day and trying not to doze in Dean Martin's golf cart; how it felt to wake up one morning as a network correspondent for NBC News--not entirely (some would say not even remotely) equipped to handle that job, but a quick study. Yet even the glamour and the unexpected triumphs did not prepare her for the realization that work had become the central focus of her life. And like many women before and since, she was both surprised and alarmed to find herself "feeling things like passion and excitement in what seemed to be the wrong room--the office."Am I Getting Paid For This? is a book for women of all ages, who will warm to this charming, smart, and funny woman who for the longest time didn't know where she was headed, but who finally found her way, with thanks to--as she puts it--"need, nerve, and a few kind friends."Betty Rollin is a writer and an award-winning journalist. A former correspondent for NBC News, she now contributes reports of PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly." Once a writer and editor for both Vogue and Look magazines, she has written for many national publication, including The New York Times. She is the bestselling author of six previous books, including First, You Cry, Last Wish, and Here's the Bright Side: Of Failure, Fear, Cancer, Divorce, and Other Bum Raps. She lives in New York City with her husband, a mathematician.

First, You Cry

by Betty Rollin

NBC News correspondent Betty Rollin, glamorous, successful, and happily married, had it all -- and then she learned that she had a malignant tumor in her breast. Written with wit, warmth, and soul searching honesty, First, You Cry is the inspiring, true story about how one woman transformed the most terrifying ordeal of her life into a new beginning. Now with a new introduction and epilogue, this unique memoir serves as a fascinating retrospective of the twenty-five years since Rollin's first mastectomy and, given the continuing threat of breast cancer, tells a story that will inform all women as it touches them with its honesty and even, humor.

Here's the Bright Side

by Jules Feiffer Betty Rollin

Do clouds truly have silver linings? Betty Rollin answers with a resounding yes in this wise, moving, and funny book about the surprising upsides to life's most challenging, painful, and seemingly insurmountable low blows. Rollin has been there. After being diagnosed with breast cancer more than thirty years ago-and again nine years later-she managed to find an astonishingly bright side to the darkness. She shares her often zany and unpredictable personal experiences of turning the worst into the best, and shows how others have done the same-thriving in adversity to a remarkable degree and coming to recognize their various blessings in disguise.Steve Jobs describes how being fired from Apple, the company he founded, was one of the best things that ever happened to him. Homemaker Sally Fleming made a better life for herself and her family after a fire. Only when workaholic CEO Eugene O'Kelly was diagnosed with a terminal illness did he really begin to live his life to the fullest. Bill Clinton, Charles Colson, and others describe life changes after adversity. Rollin reveals the science behind the theory of adversarial, or post-traumatic, growth. This paradox is not about denying hardship but about finding a way to benefit from it. Seeing the bright enables us to find the good, whatever form it takes, within the bad and proceed from there. Poignant, timely, universal, and inspiring, Here's the Bright Side proves that amid life's struggles and losses, there is much to be gained-wisdom, strength, and, perhaps most important, gratitude. "Try feeling gloomy and grateful all at once," says Rollin. "You can't. Gratitude picks you up and puts you in a place where gloom cannot thrive."From the Hardcover edition.

Last Wish

by Betty Rollin

At a time when tempers flare over the Oregon assisted suicide law and Jack Kevorkian's physician-aid-in-dying, Last Wish, Betty Rollin's groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, is due for a rereading. Last Wish is an intimate, fiercely honest memoir of a daughter's struggle to come to terms with her terminally ill mother's decision to die. More than a examination of the ethical, spiritual, and technical aspects of assisted suicide, Last Wish is also a celebration of Rollin's imperfect family, a passionate testament to her mother's character and courage, and a compelling argument for the right of the terminally ill to a humane and dignified death. The PublicAffairs paperback edition includes a new foreword, questions for thought and discussion, and a helpful resource guide.

Last Wish

by Betty Rollin

At a time when tempers flare over the Oregon assisted suicide law and Jack Kevorkian's physician-aid-in-dying, Last Wish, Betty Rollin's groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, is due for a rereading. Last Wish is an intimate, fiercely honest memoir of a daughter's struggle to come to terms with her terminally ill mother's decision to die. More than a examination of the ethical, spiritual, and technical aspects of assisted suicide, Last Wish is also a celebration of Rollin's imperfect family, a passionate testament to her mother's character and courage, and a compelling argument for the right of the terminally ill to a humane and dignified death. The PublicAffairs paperback edition includes a new foreword, questions for thought and discussion, and a helpful resource guide.

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