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Book Review: ‘It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive’ by Evan Handler

Evan Handler's It's Only Temporary seems to be a sequel to his first book Time on Fire, which recounts Handler's journey through leukemia and chemotherapy treatments. After reading that book, I still wondered how his life unfolded after that. Well, I didn’t have to wait long, because the publisher sent me both books to review. The sequel shares Handler's story as his life back together after it was ripped by apart by his illness and the treatments. It is not uncommon for girlfriends and other friendships to be changed during times of such duress, and this is what happens to Evan.…

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It's Only Temporary

Evan Handler‘s It’s Only Temporary seems to be a sequel to his first book Time on Fire, which recounts Handler’s journey through leukemia and chemotherapy treatments. After reading that book, I still wondered how his life unfolded after that. Well, I didn’t have to wait long, because the publisher sent me both books to review. The sequel shares Handler’s story as his life back together after it was ripped by apart by his illness and the treatments.

It is not uncommon for girlfriends and other friendships to be changed during times of such duress, and this is what happens to Evan. But, at the same time, new doors open for him as well, which was great to read about, especially knowing how hard his early adulthood was.

Evan Handler’s acting career just took off in the aftermath. He got numerous acting roles, including the lead in seven Broadway productions before his 30th birthday, including Six Degrees of Separation, I hate Hamlet, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, and Master Harold….and the boys. He has also appeared in feature films, including Sex in the City 1 & 2, Ransom, and Taps. He has also been a guest on Lost, The West Wing, Six Feet Under, and Friends. Handler has written for O, Mirabella, and The New Yorker. Now that is quite a career!

His personal life as well has thrived, and he has met and will marry to a wonderful woman. I am so happy for Evan Handler; his story is truly inspiring. What a triumph after such a difficult start to life!

Thank you Evan for writing a book to tell us all that your life has really mended and you’ve thrived! I really am so proud of you!

Rating: 5 Stars

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