BONES is a new anthology of stories about cancer, covering the years since the first human genome was sequenced, from the first tumors to the first treatments and the first cancers to the last.
We hear from people like Mark Twain, author and philanthropist John Steinbeck, and former President Bill Clinton.
BONES: A History of Cancer is published by HarperCollins on July 25, and is a co-production with the National Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
You can read more about the project on the NIH website.
Here’s a teaser for BONES, written by New York magazine’s cover writer and the writer-in-residence of the anthology, Laura Eicher.
“As I write, the first of two stories, ‘BONES’ is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever written.
It has a dark, poignant sensibility, and a sense of the human heart, which is exactly what this anthology needs.
There’s a lot of heart in it.”
The story of the first genome sequence, published in Nature on July 9, is titled “The End of a Good Life.”
It follows a man named Andrew, who goes through his own transformation.
“A lot of my stories have had to deal with the aftermath of trauma,” Eichers told the New York Times.
“I always have to keep a careful eye on the aftermath and what happens when a lot is at stake.
I think we’re in the middle of that now.”
BONES focuses on the rise of new drugs and the new treatments, the challenges of navigating the current medical landscape, and the importance of remembering the people and places in the world who were touched by these advancements.
The story “The Return” tells the story of a man who has been living in a coma for more than a decade.
His wife has had to fight for him, but there are still moments of joy and comfort.
“My wife, who has a history of depression, can get through a really hard day, but sometimes I feel like we need to hold each other,” the man told Eiches.
“The last few months of her life have been so difficult, and she has had the most difficult time of her entire life, so I think it’s important to acknowledge that.”
The stories in the anthology “The Cancer Files” tell the story and the struggles of survivors of cancer.
The stories “The Lost” and “The Cuckoo’s Calling” deal with what happens to people who are diagnosed and how the fight for health is a struggle of survival.
The final story “I Know What I Like” tells of a woman who goes to see her ex-husband and they have a romantic relationship.
“When she looks at him, it’s like she’s not seeing her ex,” Elichers told NPR.
“She sees him, and then he looks back and it’s the most wonderful moment of her whole life.
It’s a beautiful moment.”
BONE will be available for pre-order in paperback, Kindle and iPad.
A limited number of copies will be made available at bookstores throughout New York City, including at The Art Institute of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, and in select locations of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and The Museum of Science in Philadelphia.
Pre-order your copy here.