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MEMOIR MARCH: Moonface by Angela Balcita

In my never ending quest for memoirs, I asked Erica at Harper for a recommendation and this book is what she told me I HAD to read. It looks like a very good read, don't you think?


The moving and hilarious true story of a young woman who found romance and laughter in the midst of illness
At the age of eighteen, Angela Balcita had reached a point in her life when her health could not keep up with her optimistic personality. After suffering kidney failure and after her body's rejection of the kidney her brother donated to her, she was in desperate need of a transplant.
Lucky for Angela, she had found the ultimate partner in crime: her boyfriend, Charlie. Although they had known each other for only a short period of time, Charlie offered Angela his kidney. The ensuing story is unforgettable, with readers following Angela and Charlie's journey through preparations for their respective surgeries; the procedures themselves, difficult yet emotionally riveting; the process of recuperation through the relapses; and the eventual healing—both inside and out—that greets this undeniably powerful duo.
Expanded from Angela's unforgettable "Modern Love" column in the New York Times and by turns funny, bittersweet, and heartwarming, Moonface will make readers laugh, cry, and, above all, appreciate the importance of unconditional love.

About the Author

Angela Balcita received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Iowa Review, and Utne Reader, among other publications. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and daughter.


  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061537314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061537318


  1. Oh, this sounds wonderful. I have noted it. Thanks!


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