Naked Imperfection: A Memoir

Paperback | April 15, 2014

byGillian Deacon

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What if you’re doing everything right—living a healthy, virtuous, conscientious life— and something goes terribly wrong?

Gillian Deacon was the paragon of virtue, the standard-bearer for how to live responsibly on  the earth. So when the all-natural vegetarian yogi and runner mother of  three young boys was diagnosed with cancer, the world stopped making sense.

In an increasingly perilous environment, the promise of order amidst chaos is so tantalizing.  Every busy woman will recognize herself in Gill’s striving—if we just get through  our to-do list of achievements and improvements, we can get our lives under control …  can’t we? The illusion of perfection is a powerful motivator, propelling so many of us at  a breakneck pace toward somewhere other than where we are right now. But as  only a brush with death can teach us, Gill learns the folly of believing we are in control.  Readers will be inspired to appreciate the ragged imperfection of right now and learn to  find glimpses of gratitude in every moment of any day.

Naked Imperfection is an unforgettable personal story of courage and triumph.

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What if you’re doing everything right—living a healthy, virtuous, conscientious life— and something goes terribly wrong? Gillian Deacon was the paragon of virtue, the standard-bearer for how to live responsibly on  the earth. So when the all-natural vegetarian yogi and runner mother of  three young boys was diagnosed with cancer, t...

Award-winning broadcaster Gillian  Deacon is one of Canada’s best-known environmental writers and host of Here & Now (Toronto) on CBC Radio One.  She is the author of the bestsellers  There’s Lead in Your Lipstick and Green for  Life . Gillian lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143188518

ISBN - 13:9780143188513

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“Gill Deacon's memoir is the story of a young mother who endures a harrowing illness and finds her way to a truth we all need to understand. Her record of loss and discovery is offered with such wit and grace and tender reflection that she kept me reading through the night and reaching for it in the morning. This is a fierce life, beautifully examined, and not to be missed.” - Linda Spalding, award-winning author of The Purchase"Beautifully written and poignantly told, Naked Imperfection is packed with insight, humour and wisdom. It made me laugh and weep and think.” - Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls"Imperfection has never looked so good. Gill Deacon has taken her experience with breast cancer and turned it into a universal parable for our times. A moving and original memoir." - Don Gillmor, award-winning writer and author of Mount Pleasant"A fearless and funny book about cancer and survival that dissects the assumptions behind our toxin-fed, health-obsessed culture along the way, uncovering a core truth – that a great deal of our anxiety about the state of the planet is a proxy for the existential terror borne of own utter lack of control over our own fate. It is to Gill Deacon's credit as a storyteller that such a dark journey seems almost whimsical in her recounting." - Chris Turner, author of The War on Science and The Leap