Lisa Reisman

5 Months 10 Years 2 hours

2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Award Winner

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"Those in search of another treacly cancer memoir need not even glance at this... Reisman's unflinching and moving tale puts to rest the image of patient as warrior. By linking her own ordeal to the triathlon she took on to mark her 10 year anniversaryshe reveals the true nature of cancer survival — not as a triumph of epic valor, but as a feat of endurance, forbearance and true grit."

—Lisa Sanders, MD, New York Times columnist and fellow cancer survivor

Stars of Stage, Print, and Screen

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Jill Abramson
Julie Andrews

Rani Arbo
Lucie Arnaz
Beatrice Fox Auerbach
Nicholson Baker

Martin Barre
Cherie Blair
Karla Bonoff

Jonatha Brooke
Christopher Buckley

Carlene Carter
Rosanne Cash
Marcia Clark
Chris Cleave
Darlingcide

Iris Dement
Gabby Douglas
Ronnie Earl
Jonathan Edwards  
Nora Ephron
Mark Erelli
Nicole Frechette
Girls Guns and Glory
Julia Glass
Grand Slambovians
Florence Griswold
Tania Grossinger

Amy Helm
Anita Hill

Honey Dewdrops
Griffin House
Arianna Huffington
Gwen Ifill
Laney Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
Sebastian Junger

Mary Karr
Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Jhumpa Lahiri
Marlee Matlin
Meadows Brothers

Lori McKenna
Melanie
Toni Morrison
Ralph Nader

Anna Nalick
New Duke jazz ensemble
NRBQ
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Joyce Carol Oates
Maura O'Connell and Karan Casey

Christine Ohlman
Ellis Paul
Bucky Pizarelli
Christopher Plummer
Plywood Cowboy
Michael Pollan
Red Molly

Leon Redbone
Royal Southern Brotherhood

Tom Rush
Salmon Rushdie
Richard Russo
Rusted Root
Curt Schilling
Scott Sharrard
Carly Simon
Meryl Streep
Ben Taylor
Mel Thomas

Bobby Torello
Lindsey Webster
Cheryl Wheeler
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Bernie Williams
George Winston
Yale Whiffenpoofs

Merchants

Amy's Active Learning
Annie Mame vintage-style boutique

A&M Foreign Automotive
Apricus, Inc., solar energy company
Auger Farm
Bill Miller's Castle

Bill's Seafood
Branford Book & Card Shoppe
Branford Dental Care
Branford Landing Marina
Branford Point House
Breakfast Connections
Breakwater Books
Charlie's Closet

CT Modern furniture
Crump Clockmakers
Dog training by Michelle

Fabrique bags for women
Fitness on the Water
Flatbrook Farm soapmakers
Four Seasons Market

G Cafe Bakery
Green Hill Martial Arts Academy

Guilford Coin Exchange
Home restaurant
Hiptonic Hoopla
Joint Effort

Joyride Charters
KC's Nails
La Luna ristorante
Lakeside Feed
Lisa's Bootcamp

Lobster Shack
Lucy's Tailor
Malleable Iron Fittings
M.N. Reale Construction
Payne Building Movers

Pennache Hair Salon
P.S. Stationers
Richlin Home & Auto
Ricky's Guitar Studio 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
Rosello's Pizzeria
Seaside Home & Gifts
Shelly's Garden Center

Shoetique
The Stand BBQ joint
Top Notch Haircutters

Van Wilgen's Garden Center
Wilcox Energy
Windowmaster woodworkers
Yarn Basket
Zane's Cycles

Townspeople

Louise Anderson, Dudley Farm Book Committee
Pat Andriole, supercitizen
Ken Avery, Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps
Myron "Beau" Beaudin, custodian
Rich Biondi, track coach

Bill Black, accountant
Ellen Black, shepherdess
John "Pop" Boboc, World War II soldier at Normandy
Jane Bouley, town historian

Bill Brody, World War II hero
Bill Brody, octogenarian woodcarver
Ben Callahan, The Littlest Angel
Jim Capelli & Kim Dockett, mammoth donkey enthusiasts
Laurence Cappezone, postal worker

Barbara and John Clark, Feed Branford Kids
Roxanne Coady, powerhouse bibliophiliac
Christy Colasurdo, farm-to-table aficionado
Antoinette "Toni" Coleman, World War II army nurse
Annie Collier, Stony Creek Quilters
Jack Davis, civic leader
Matt Debacco, giant pumpkin grower
David Demres & David Ellis, elite triathletes
Jane Dougherty & Barbara Racette, Blue Star Mothers
Jane Dougherty, Quilts of Valor Foundation

Patty Dowling, Shoreline Soup Kitchen
Janet Dudley, Dudley Farm Foundation
Mark Dudley, Dudley Farm Harvest Day
Dawn Duques, Madison Beach Hotel
Elizabeth Dock Early, Nepal earthquake survivor
Nancy Farnan, peaceful protester
Elizabeth Fischer, centenarian with a front row to history

Matt Gagliardi, hockey-stick-taping philanthropist
Lynda Gardner, ex-prisoner
Mark Gravino, impresario
Maria Hacker, Branford Dental Care
John Hammarlund, Guilford Fair
Amy Healy & Amanda Waggoner, North Guilford Nursery School
Maureen Herbert & Diane Petra, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
B. Joan Hickey, landscape artist
Ann Holcomb, oldest living student of County Road School
Peg Johnson, Branford Compassion Club
Madelyn Kavanaugh, children's book author

Brian Kelley, Lorenzo's Oil survivor-hero
Bobby Komar, postal clerk
Avery Leopoldino, pint-sized inspiration
Camille Linke, Branford Festival
Cathy McGuirk, Hall of Fame field hockey coach
Jim Mancini, St. George Church Italian Festival
Lisa Massaro Martone, postal worker
Paul Mayer, Cafe Nine
Edith Nettleton, librarian
Mike Nuzzo, auctioneer
Bill O'Brien, retired banker 
Jennie Offredy, knitter
J'aime Ottaviano, baby memory books
Alex Palluzzi, Branford Community House

William Parsons, judge
Tony Pegnataro & Malcolm Schwab, World War II radio field operators 
Lisa Pelosi, Planet Fitness employee
Shauna Pendleton, nursing student
Sarah Levesh Prior, Melissa Jones School Playground
Patti Rahl, wayfaring songbird
Anthony Raucci, St. Jude Harvest Music Festival
Shane Reiner, Bruce-Springsteen stage-sharing prodigy
Lochlin Reidy, seasoned sailor
Dave Ricciardi, accountant
Lynn Riordan, North Branford Food Pantry
Cathyann Roding, bandleader
Cathyann Roding, final curtain call
Lindsay Romano, special-needs teacher
Marta Slattery, Meals on Wheels
Jared Schulefand, culinary artist
Father Anthony Smith, Newtown vigil
Amy Stevens, preschool teacher
Steve Vandermaelen, master carpenter
Ryan Walton, electrical contractor
Bruce Wilson, candidate for state senator
Christine Woodside, Laura Ingalls Wilder historian
Joy Wulke, sculptor

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