@ Your Library 10.21.21

10.21.21

by Beverly Ewart

One of the most refreshing books I’ve read this year was No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler.

The health and beauty industry wields a lot of mental and emotional clout, and you might certainly feel clouted should you not, through no fault of your own, be able to BE healthy or beautiful. Illness already produces enough anxiety without adding the guilt that comes with thinking that – if you could only find the RIGHT doctor, diet, vitamins, exercise, or state of mind – you wouldn’t BE sick!  Or maybe you could even finally get well….

Kate’s book gives permission to relax on trying to keep up with the fit and fabulous.  You don’t have to have a long or a healthy life in order to appreciate and make the most of the life you do have now.

Here’s what the publisher had to say:

Kate’s book gives permission to relax on trying to keep up with the fit and fabulous.  You don’t have to have a long or a healthy life in order to appreciate and make the most of the life you do have now.

Here’s what the publisher had to say:

No Cure For Being Human by Kate Bowler.  It’s hard to give up on the feeling that the life you want is just out of reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. Everyone wants to believe that they are headed toward good, better, best. But what happens when the life you hoped for is put on hold indefinitely?  

Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, only to find that she was stuck in a cancerous body at age 35. In her instant New York Times bestselling book, No Cure for Being Human, Kate searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of our modern “best life now” advice industry, which offers us exhausting positivity, trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness. With dry wit and unflinching honesty, she grapples with her cancer diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith and searches for some kind of peace with her limitations in a culture that says that anything is possible. 

In facing down cancer, Kate searches for hope without cheap optimism, and truth with room for mystery. We are as fragile as the day we were born, and we will need each other if we’re going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between, but there’s no cure for being human.


ADULT PROGRAMS: Our Novel Noir Photo Contest deadline has been extended until October 27th!  There is still time to get your winning photo to us!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:  Virtual Preschool Storytime happens Wednesdays at 10:30am.  Join us.


PARDON OUR DUST:  Our handicap-access ramp will be closed to the public for renovation until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciate the improvements!


MORLEY BRANCH is open!  Come see us (don’t forget your mask).  Our hours are: Tuesday 1pm-3pm; Wednesday 4pm-6pm; Thursday 10am-12pm.  Masks are required. There is a computer available for your use, but it’s a good idea to call first to check on availability. Scheduled appointments are encouraged, but not required.  Call for more details: 315-379-0066.

Rensselaer Falls Branch: Rensselaer Falls Branch is open on Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks are required, and those who are under age 12 must be with an adult. 

Call the library (315-344-4155) for additional information. 

A great way to find out what’s happening at our Morley and Rensselaer Falls Branches is to check out their Facebook pages:

Morley: https://www.facebook.com/MorleyBranchLibrary

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