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

Iris Dement
Gabby Douglas
Alan Doyle

Ronnie Earl
Jonathan Edwards  
Nora Ephron
Mark Erelli
Nicole Frechette
Girls Guns and Glory
Julia Glass
Gloria Govrin
Grand Slambovians
Florence Griswold
Tania Grossinger

Amy Helm
Anita Hill

Honey Dewdrops
Griffin House
Arianna Huffington
Gwen Ifill
Tommy James & the Shondells

Laney Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
Sebastian Junger

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

Lori McKenna
Toni Morrison
Ralph Nader

Anna Nalick
New Duke jazz ensemble
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
Presley & Taylor
Red Molly

Leon Redbone
Martha Redbone
A Roomful of Blues
Royal Southern Brotherhood

Tom Rush
Salmon Rushdie
Richard Russo
Rusted Root
Curt Schilling
The Secret Sisters

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


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
Capone's Pizza Route 80
Charlie's Closet
CT Cycle Center 

CT Modern furniture
Crump Clockmakers
Dancing with the Cowboy
Dog training by Michelle

Fabrique/Women in Business
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
Reverie Kitchen

Richlin Home & Auto
Ricky's Guitar Studio 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
Riverwind Inn
Rosello's Pizzeria
SARAH's Cupboard Thrift Shop
Seaside Home & Gifts
Shelly's Garden Center

The Stand BBQ joint
Take A Vet Fishing
Top Notch Haircutters

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


Louise Anderson, Dudley Farm Book Committee
Pat Andriole, supercitizen
Ted Aub, advocate for veterans
Ken Avery, Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps
Charlotte & Molly Babbin, young gun control activists
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
Susan Clinard, sculptor of Newtown tragedy

Roxanne Coady, powerhouse bibliophiliac
Anne Coffey, watercolorist and collage artist
Christy Colasurdo, farm-to-table aficionado
Carol Cornachini, shoe store owner-Pilates master
Frank Corso, Iwo Jima survivor
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
Mark Dudley, Dudley Farm Harvest Day
Sue Egan, Charlie's Closet
Cayla Florio, Benstock organizer
Dawn Duques, Madison Beach Hotel
Elizabeth Dock Early, Nepal earthquake survivor
Sharon Eleazar and Deborah Brooks-Rodriguez, wounded warriors
Francine Farkas Sears, colorful entrepreneur
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

Martha Haeseler, market master, Dudley Farm farmers' market
John Hammarlund, Guilford Fair
Amy Healy & Amanda Waggoner, North Guilford Nursery School
Lee Heckendorf, epistolarian 
Megan Helbig, mother of two with meningioma
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
Kathy Kessler, Janice Ingarra, Patti Rahl, The Sin Sisters

Bobby Komar, postal clerk
Chuck Larkins, Army veteran-quilter
Avery Leopoldino, pint-sized inspiration
Ira Lewis, WWII Signal Corps photographer
Camille Linke, Branford Festival
Cathy McGuirk, field hockey coach
Jim Mancini, St. George Church Italian Festival
Lisa Massaro Martone, postal worker
Paul Mayer, Cafe Nine
Edith Nettleton, librarian
George Norden, fitness entrepreneur
Mike Nuzzo, auctioneer
Bill O'Brien, retired banker 
Jennie Offredy, World War II knitter
J'aime Ottaviano, baby memory books
Dottie Packer and Pam Bold, Wreaths Across America
Alex Palluzzi, Branford Community House
Sandy Parker, the Cove Center for Grieving Children

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
Maureen Raucci, Smilow Closer to Free Ride
Shane Reiner, Bruce-Springsteen stage-sharing prodigy
Bob Reinwald, Take A Vet Fishing
Lochlin Reidy, seasoned sailor
Tony Renzoni, rock historian
Dave Ricciardi, accountant
Lynn Riordan, North Branford Food Pantry
Donald Robinson, "Frozen Chosin" hero, epistolarian
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
Ed Vescovi, Ironman
Ryan Walton, electrical contractor
Bruce Wilson, candidate for state senator
Christine Woodside, Laura Ingalls Wilder historian
Joy Wulke, sculptor

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