About the Author
Richard M. Cohen’s distinguished career in journalism earned him numerous awards, including three Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award. He lives outside New York City with his wife, Meredith Vieira, and their three children.
“Career journalist Cohen doesn’t flinch from probing for truth about relationships, money, fear, and death….One only hopes that, with their group presentation to a class of Harvard medical students, these five taught young medicos as much as they could teach Cohen and, through him, us.”
“The strength of these profiles derives from Cohen’s focus on chronic illnesses that, as he notes, are not “sexy” and generally “do not resolve themselves”….these are stories dense with quotidian details.”
“This unusual book gives a voice to the voiceless—the chronically disabled who, in our health-conscious society, are defined by their disease….In this advocacy book, written like a personal journal, Cohen tells their stories….Strong at the Broken Places ends on a note of hope.”
This book might be considered the natural extension of Richard Cohen’s Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness. Readers of that “reluctant memoir” would know that Cohen, a trained journalist afflicted with multiple sclerosis, has always been eager to learn the stories of other “citizens of sickness.” In Strong at the Broken Places, he describes the day-to-day lives of five people with serious, chronic illnesses. His subjects cover a range of illness types and severity; ages, races, and socioeconomic position. Cohen’s reportorial skills and human commitment are apparent throughout this stirring, yet grounded book. A perfect choice for any person or family coping with an illness.