The Invisible Girls A Memoir Now with a new postscript and reading group guide perfect for book clubs After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career her Ivy League education and

  • Title: The Invisible Girls: A Memoir
  • Author: Sarah Thebarge
  • ISBN: 9781455523924
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now with a new postscript and reading group guide, perfect for book clubs After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship, and moved nearly 3,000 miles from the East Coast to Portland, Oregon, hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life Instead, a chance encounNow with a new postscript and reading group guide, perfect for book clubs After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship, and moved nearly 3,000 miles from the East Coast to Portland, Oregon, hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life Instead, a chance encounter on the train with a family of Somali refugees swept her into an adventure that changed all of their lives Half a world away from Somalia, Hadhi was fighting battles of her own Abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn t understand When their worlds collide with Sarah s, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, invisible in a neighborhood of strangers As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her unexpected outreach to the family became both a source of courage and a lifeline for herself Exquisite, at times shattering, Sarah s enthralling memoir invites readers into her story of finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unlikely of places.All proceeds from the sale of the book go toward a college fund for the five Somali Invisible Girls For details, visit sarahthebarge.

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    1. Very mixed feelings about this one; but I think it's well worth the read. This memoir was really three stories, two of them very absorbing and the thirdwell, for me, not so much. Briefly, a young woman who was raised in a fundamentalist religious home, grows up to far surpass what was "expected" of a woman. She earns two degrees, becomes a medical professional (with plans also in journalism) but develops breast cancer in her twenties. This part of the story was chilling, heart-breaking, inspirin [...]

    2. This book was unlike anything I've ever read before. The Invisible Girls is the story of two women in recovery, one from breast cancer and the other from having to leave her country for an unfamiliar one. They find solace in each other and their friendship is written in a style that's very difficult to describe - simply put, you'll have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. I've read books with similar plots where the story quickly turns into death and depression and a pity party for the m [...]

    3. I have no doubt that Thebarge means well. However, this memoir is disjointed, self-serving, and completely privilege blind. It is half of the story; a minute glimpse into the plight of a family of Somalian refugees wholly through the lens of a young, American cancer survivor. We get zero time with the family outside of Thebarge's judgements of and interactions with them. Without these pieces of the story, I have a very hard time believing this project was created to benefit this Somalian family. [...]

    4. I was drawn in by the title of this book, and I must say I am still unclear who exactly Ms. Thebarge means. Is it her, because of her breast cancer diagnosis at an early age; is it the family of Somalians she befriends; or the little girls of that family that are invisible?This was not an easy read because of all the disjointed ideas and fragmented thoughts. While this is a her account of her experience with medical issues, I found it difficult to believe/understand some of the claims. I, too, a [...]

    5. I readthis postfrom Sarah on a Saturday, ordered the book almost immediately and had it in hand early the next week. Within 36 hours from the time I glanced at the first pages, I'd read the entire thing. I hardly ever do this – some books take me months to read. A number of things about this book intrigued me. First is the interplay between the story of how a young woman grappled with a double mastectomy and her interaction with a Somali family lost in a culture they didn't understand. Second [...]

    6. When I read the back of the book - I was intrigued. A young woman, lost in life due to her struggle with cancer, encounters a family of immigrants on a bus. She connects with them and finds common ground with the "invisible girls." It's an uplifting journey for the family and the author, though ultimately leaves a bit to be desired. I'm not sure what the lesson is. I know that we need to make the plight of unseen immigrants more visible. At the end of the day, I understand that there is a huge i [...]

    7. I wanted to like this book, I really did. It was recommended to me by a dear friend who is also a writer, and the topic of immigrants and poverty and spiritual growth are close to my heart. But I can't recommend it. Either the writer is too young to be writing memoir or she is still too close to the events in the book to be able to provide much depth or perspective. I think it's the former, because the tone is self-absorbed and self-congratulatory (we are told about two dozen times that the litt [...]

    8. Absolutely seeped in self-congratulation and condescension, with no small amount of Christian evangelizing. There's probably a good story in here and a worthwhile cause, but well, the last line of the book is literally a child telling the author " when I grow up, I want to be just like you." FIN.

    9. Sarah Thebarge’s The Invisible Girls: A Memoir is a testament to endurance, hope, and selflessness. Sarah grew up a pastor’s child in a conservative Christian family. As a young adult, her future seemed bright. A bright student, she earned a pair of Ivy League degrees in journalism and medicine. Mr. Right seemed close to proposing. That is until cancer derailed the trajectory of her life and she found herself on the brink of death. After narrowly surviving, she fled her life and found hersel [...]

    10. a lot of mixed feelings about thisobably more like 3.5 it was a good story with a potential for a really good message but it was pretty fragmented and at times I wished there would have been more of the Somali girls

    11. A memoir. I seem to be reading more memoirs these days than I have at any other point in my life. Maybe it's because more people are writing them? Or because people are taking memoir more seriously? Or because I'm taking memoir more seriously now that I've hit the wise, old age of 26? Probably, it partially has something to do with the rise of blogs and the coveted blog-to-book-deal dream.I think this one was a blog-to-book-deal. At least, TheBarge mentions a blog. I tried to find it, but all I [...]

    12. I am Strictly in a Love/Like relationship with this book, I Love to like it and i like to love itewwwww, where to start?Anyone who has had Cancer, YOUICKINCK!!!!!!!!!!!! whether they survived or not, to fight something inside you, you could give up and end it quickly, but you stay and fight! and know you could lose sight of yourself because of it I hope y'all realise how strong you are even if you can't hold a plastic cup and your eyelids are 10 kilo weights, YOUEAZING! On with the book, We are [...]

    13. The book is poignent, funny, and heartbreaking, one of those page-turners that takes you through the emotional spectrum. Sarah weaves together two narratives: her story of being diagnosed at 27 with breast cancer and the treatment that followed, and her subsequent move from Connecticut to Oregon, where she befriended a family of Somali refugees. Over the course of several months, she formed a deep relationship with Hadhi and her five daughters, Fahri, Abdallah, Sadaka, Lelo, and Chaki. Sarah hel [...]

    14. The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge took my breath away. Sarah told of her life, her pain, and how a chance meeting of a destitute Somali mother and her five daughters, immigrants who helped to heal her soul, spirit and heart. This is a collage of her personal conflict, past and present, rooted in her strict and structured Christian background, her devastation over being diagnosed with breast cancer, having the surgery and treatment and coming to terms with her new body. What makes this book s [...]

    15. Unflinchingly raw and honest and humbling, it is impossible to read The Invisible Girls with dry eyes. This painful memoir of true loss and gain by Sarah Thebarge deftly balances the ravaging evils of breast cancer with the purity of a woman stretching far beyond her own skin to be a Saint to those in desperate need. This beautiful book is a one-night experience, though through Thebarge’s skillful writing and respectful tone, one can linger through the work with a vivid and life-changing pictu [...]

    16. The story of a girl who helps a desperate family, and in turn pulls herself out of desperation. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It takes place in my home town, which of course adds interest. I easily recommend this book!

    17. A very touching memoir. The author befriends a family from Somalia who just arrived in Portland, and finds that she needs them as much as they need her.

    18. An authentic, well-told memoir about a Biola and Yale-trained PA who survived St3 cancer, dubbing herself an invisible girl, who then encounters more "invisible girls" ( female Somali refugees) on the MAX in Portland. Yes, ironically, this is the same pub transit lightrail whereby an attack on an ethnic by a Caucasian deranged man occurred this year.In the midst of second Ivy League Education, she is dx with cancer. Redemptive and explores how humans can save humans, in love. The family saved he [...]

    19. Many of the reviews complain that the story is too centered on the author herself, when it should have been more about the refugees she took under her wing. I took it at a greater context, that there are invisibles everywhere, even the author, who as a single, young cancer survivor, didn't quite fit anywhere.The story wasn't the most well written, but it was compelling, and it provided a small glimpse into the lives of refugees. A reminder that the struggles they face are far greater than langua [...]

    20. I wanted to read this book because I've been concerned about the Syrian refugee crisis and wanted to learn more about refugees' stories. I anticipated gaining more information than I did, but that's good, because now I want to learn more. I read the first 125 pages of this book in one stretch. I loved the ease with which Thebarge told two stories: one of her battle with breast cancer and the other of her friendship with a family of Somalian refugees. The chapters are short, so it feels like a qu [...]

    21. mariesbookgarden/Sarah Thebarge survived grueling breast cancer, and a recurrence within a year, before moving west to Portland, Oregon, my hometown. While on the MAX light rail train, she meets a Somali immigrant and her five young daughters, and a friendship begins.Thebarge alternates her story between getting to know and helping Hadhi and the girls and her travails enduring breast cancer treatment. She was raised in a strict evangelical religion, but went onto earn a degree at Yale and was in [...]

    22. This memoir was both heart wrenching and inspirational. It was terribly hard to read about Sarah's breast cancer and the many painful operations and treatments that she endured. (Especially since I have a friend whose 40 yr. old daughter endured some of the same.) It was also heart breaking to read about the Somali refugees and their struggle to adapt to culture in the US. All of this was written in great detail so it is not an easy read, but well worth while. If you are looking for a light, fun [...]

    23. This book review, as well as many others, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (thebakingbookworm).Author: Sarah ThebargeType: ARC e-bookSource: NetGalleyGenre: Contemporary Fiction, MemoirPublisher: FaithWordsPublication Date: April 16, 2013First Line: "One year ago, I was riding the train from the Portland suburbs toward downtown on a sunny fall afternoon when a pair of sparkling brown eyes peeked around the corner of my book, and then quickly disappeared."My Thoughts: This book w [...]

    24. While reading this book I became afraid to finish it, feeling that other books would feel narrow and unimportant following it. It is a book that contains such a sea of deep feeling and broad experience that it seems to contain everything a book and heart can hold. All this abundance of life is disproportionate with the age of its author. Sarah Thebarge was in her twenties, working on her second graduate degree at Columbia, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her feelings of abandonment by [...]

    25. I give this book 2 stars because I appreciate that the proceeds of the book and donations will go to sending the Somali girls to college. The cause is respectable, but the actual book was close to terrible, in my opinion. The writing was so transparent and bland that I read this in less that two days, which may sound slow to some but is actually pretty quick for me. The jumping back and forth between her cancer story and helping the Somali family felt just like that: jumping. It was almost like [...]

    26. A raw and honest account of what happens when life doesn't turn out like you planned and you discover God had something different in mind.A few months ago I heard the author speak. She is a funny storyteller with vivid descriptions of unbelievable events and the book is composed of such stories. Sarah Thebarge could have written a book about being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 and the crisis of faith that caused. She could have written a series of articles advocating for refugees and ju [...]

    27. This was a great read for 3/4. The parallel and comparative stories of the authors struggle with breast cancer and the Somali girls' struggle to survive in the US was engaging and heart wrenching. The question of why God would cause or, at least, allow this incredible suffering is a damn good question and not one that I expected the author to really answer. But all of a sudden she did answer it. She used the story of a child in pain from an IV needle and the mother knowing that the pain was nece [...]

    28. a very moving memoir of cancer, refugeeism, and faith. sarah thebarge's the invisible girls, beyond a mere tale of personal hardship, is also the story of reaching out to others and finding answers in our commitment to them. emotionally forthright, sarah's book will likely provide comfort to those enduring similar situations but also to anyone who has experienced loss and faced the inevitable questions that follow. plaintive yet touching, sorrowful yet inspiriting, the invisible girls is a glimp [...]

    29. Wonderful true story of a young breast cancer survivor who encounters a Somalian family living a below-poverty line existence, and then, together with the help of some friends, reaches out and helps them with some basic needs and forms a familial bond with these "invisible girls' and their mother. Thebarge's writing is beautiful and moving, even though she jumps back and forth in time in each chapter. Inspiring story of struggle, healing and love.Highly recommend.

    30. This was a book club choice. I was touched by the author's willingness to share such personal details about her struggle with breast cancer, and her attempt to juxtapose this journey with her befriending the girls she met from Somalia. The spiritual references were not heavy handed an I appreciate that.

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