Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 14, 2013

Cancer survivor to share 'Lessons' for life at library

The Andover Townsman

---- — Author Alice Hoffman shares her latest book, “Survival Lessons,” written following her battle with breast cancer, during a visit to Memorial Hall Library at 2 North Main St. in downtown Andover on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

Hoffman is the author of 21 novels, three books of short fiction and eight children’s books and her works have become New York Times best sellers, selected as Oprah picks and transformed into major motion pictures. But “Survival Lessons” is her first work of nonfiction in 40 years.

She says “Survival Lessons” is not intended as a breast cancer book, but as an inspiring guide for everyone because she says every person is a survivor — of divorce, death, illness, life. The book offers a crash course in perspective and how to take control of one’s world emotionally.

“In many ways, I wrote `Survival Lessons’ to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that’s all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other,” she says in a statement. “I wrote to remind myself that despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make.”

Hoffman’s advance from “Survival Lessons” is being donated to the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

Her visit to Andover is presented by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library and the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing. Registration is requested online at or by calling 978-623-8401, ext. 31.