Anguished, beautifully written. The long goodbye is an elegiac depiction of drama as old as life. The new york times book reviewfrom one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-five, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow.
The Long Goodbye: A Memoir #ad - In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief-its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies-an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond.
O'rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered.
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three WeeksScribner #ad - Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death, offering sympathy as they clamor for attention. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. When robin romm's the mother garden was published, " saying, the new york Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician, "hers is the oldest kind of magic we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay.
In her searing memoir the mercy papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. Robin romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost. The mercy papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience.
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks #ad - The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. The mundane and spiritual melt together as Romm reveals the sharp truths that lurk around every corner and captures, the awe, with great passion, fear, and fury of a daughter losing her mother. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit.
Seam Crab Orchard Series in PoetrySouthern Illinois University Press #ad - The poems in this captivating collection weave beauty with violence, the personal with the historic as they recount the harrowing experiences of the two hundred thousand female victims of rape and torture at the hands of the Pakistani army during the 1971 Liberation War. Fierce yet loving, devastating and magical at once, Seam is a testament to the lingering potency of memory and the bravery of a nation’s victims.
Winner, 2015winner, binghamton university milt kessler poetry book Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, 2014Winner, Drake University Emerging Writers Award, 2015 . As we read, rivers, and prisons of the 1971 war with the poet’s modern-day hotel, we discover the profound yet fragile seam that unites the fields, or the tragic death of a loved one with the holocaust of a nation.
Seam Crab Orchard Series in Poetry #ad - Moving from west texas to dubai, césar vallejo, tomas tranströmer, from Virginia to remote villages in Bangladesh and back again, the narrator calls on the legacies of Willa Cather, and Paul Celan to give voice to the voiceless. As the child of bangladeshi immigrants, the poet in turn explores her own losses, as well as the complexities of bearing witness to the atrocities these war heroines endured.
Throughout the volume, the narrator endeavors to bridge generational and cultural gaps even as the victims recount the horror of grief and personal loss.
The Dead Moms Club: A Memoir about Death, Grief, and Surviving the Mother of All LossesSeal Press #ad - Kate spencer lost her mom to cancer when she was 27. This isn't a weepy, sentimental story, but rather a frank, up-front look at what it means to go through gruesome grief and come out on the other side. An empathetic read, the dead moms club covers how losing her mother changed nearly everything in her life: both men and women readers who have lost parents or experienced grief of this magnitude will be comforted and consoled.
In the dead moms club, and helps them to get through it, she walks readers through her experience of stumbling through grief and loss, too. Spencer even concludes each chapter with a cheeky but useful tip for readers like the "It's None of Your Business Card" to copy and hand out to nosy strangers asking about your passed loved one.
The Rules of Inheritance: A MemoirPlume #ad - Bringing a fresh eye to the world of grief, thisbook is evocative of both A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and The Year ofMagical Thinking, and Claire's journey is at once heartbreaking, uplifting, and utterlyunforgettable. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is verymuch alone in the world.
What is so remarkable about this tale is not always the story itself, but rather Claire'sability to let you into it. Both the clarity of her self-reflection and the unconventionalframework the author uses to navigate her story turn the memoir genre on its head andmake this book impossible to put down. With an impatience typical of youth, alcohol, claire throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of thisharsh reality: boys, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and LosAngeles.
The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir #ad - A powerful and searingly honest memoir about a young woman who loses her family butfinds herself in the process. In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith is just fourteen years old when both ofher charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer.
Water by the Spoonful Revised TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group #ad - The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Somewhere in philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love.
Water by the spoonful is a heartfelt and poetic meditation on lives on the brink of redemption and self-discovery during a time of heightened uncertainty, “as startling and innovative and human on the page as on the stage” Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author. Ms. Quiara alegría hudes is the author of the pulitzer prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue.
The play infects us with the urge to find connection within our families and communities and remains with us long after we’ve left the theater. Paula vogel, pulitzer prize-winning author of How I Learned to Drive “Hudes’s writing is controlled and graceful. Hudes writes with such empathy and vibrant humor about people helping one another to face down their demons that regeneration and renewal always seem to be just around the corner.
Water by the Spoonful Revised TCG Edition #ad - Charles isherwood, water by the spoonful is “a rich, new york times Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, brilliant montage of American urban life that is as dazzling to watch as it is difficult to look away from” Associated Press. How many plays make us long for grace? water by the spoonful by Quiara Hudes is such a rare play; it is a yearning, a worthy companion to Hudes’s Elliot, funny, deeply sad and deeply lyrical piece, A Soldier’s Fugue.
Her other works include barrio grrrl!, a children’s musical; 26 Miles; Yemaya’s Belly and The Happiest Song Plays Last, the third piece in her acclaimed trilogy.
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, 20th Anniversary EditionDa Capo Lifelong Books #ad - Building on interviews with hundreds of mother loss survivors, edelman's personal story of losing her mother, and recent research in grief and psychology, Motherless Daughters reveals the shared experiences and core identity issues of motherless women:Why the absence of a nurturing hand shapes a woman's identity throughout her lifespanHow present day relationships are defined by past lossesHow a woman can resolve past conflicts and move toward acceptance and healingWhy grief really is not a linear passage but an ongoing cyclical journeyHow the legacy of mother loss shifts with the passage of time .
The classic new york times bestseller that has helped millions of women cope with and heal from the grief of losing their mothers Although a mother's mortality is inevitable no book has discussed the profound lasting and far reaching effects of this loss until Motherless Daughters, which became an instant classic.
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, 20th Anniversary Edition #ad - More than twenty years later, help, it is still the go-to book that women of all ages look to for comfort, and understanding when their mother dies.
The Year of Magical Thinking Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - . In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Days later–the night before new year’s eve–the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Joan didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
Several days before christmas 2003, john gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, Quintana, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Two months after that, arriving at lAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma.
The Year of Magical Thinking Vintage International #ad - This powerful book is didion’ s attempt to make sense of the “weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness. About marriage and children and memory. About the shallowness of sanity, about life itself. ”. From one of america’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion.
A Grief ObservedHarperOne #ad - A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments, ” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.
Cry, Heart, But Never BreakEnchanted Lion Books #ad - But death does arrive all the same, as it must. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye. Glenn ringtved is a best-selling and award-winning Danish children's author, whose books have been widely translated.
Charlotte pardi is a well-beloved Danish illustrator, who has created numerous books since her first picture book in 2000 Robert Moulthrop is a published playwright. He comes gently, naturally. He lives in greenwich Village, New York City. Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away.
Sun in Days: PoemsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - A paterson poetry prize finalist, sun in Days is unsentimental yet deeply felt, characterized by O’Rourke’s signature lyric precision and force of observation. Named a best poetry book of 2017 by the new york times book Review, Sun in Days is “O’Rourke’s most ravishing and brilliant collection yet” Cathy Park Hong.
From acclaimed poet and critic meghan o’Rourke comes a powerful collection about the frailty of the body, the longing for a child, and the philosophical questions raised when the body goes dramatically awry. These formally ambitious poems and lyric essays give voice to the experience of illness, the permanence of loss, and invigorating moments of grace.