No Cure for Being Human

By Kate Bowler,

Book cover of No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

Book description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved) asks, how do you move forward with a life you didn’t choose?

“Kate Bowler is the only one we can trust to tell us the truth.”—Glennon Doyle, author of the #1…

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3 authors picked No Cure for Being Human as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

There’s something special about Kate Bowler. At 35, diagnosed with cancer, she started questioning our culture of positivity that emphasizes can-do achievement.

Her insights are beautiful, and her buoyant humor is icing on the cake. I feel like we’re soul sisters, my friend Kate and me (we’ve never met). Her words resonate with my belief that life is a mix of beauty and bummers, and sometimes there is even beauty within the bummers. I believe we should show up for life and appreciate all of it. So, I’m drawn to Kate Bowler’s account of how her hard-won uncertainty has shifted…

No Cure for Being Human is like sitting down with the best friend you wish you always had and having a heart-to-heart chat about all the things no one told you about being a human. 

Kate challenges you to bravely abandon toxic positivity in favor of gritty self-compassion and radical acceptance of suffering in a world that is never failing and yet full of great beauty and love.

Kate Bowler has everything going for her—dream career, family—until she is diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at the age of thirty-five. In No Cure for Being Human, Kate gives us a close-up look into her tumultuous (and often humorous) journey. She challenges some of the go-to responses to our mortality and asks: When there just isn’t enough time, how does one spend it? Kate helps us feel our raw humanity, unfiltered. Her truth is painful, poignant, and, joyful. A call to living with eyes, and hearts, wide open.

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