A Memoir

Book - 2017
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At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor's retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience--the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance--of knowing she will soon die. Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death. Taylor's last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. While Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017.
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9781941040706
Branch Call Number: B T2123
Characteristics: 141 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017

Feb 04, 2018

I find myself appreciating memoirs such as this one more and more.
The authors that can talk openly and even with some humor while facing premature death give me strength and courage in my own life.

LPL_KateG Sep 11, 2017

It's really difficult to *rate* a book like this - an intimate emotional glimpse into a dying woman's last thoughts. I'd recommend for folks who enjoyed Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. More personal rather than academic/medical, with some dark humor sprinkled throughout.

Dec 07, 2016

I had high hopes for this book but, for me, it didn't deliver. I had seen the author talk on an ABC television program "You can't ask that!" and was moved by her predicament as someone dying in their 60s from melanoma. I thought the book would be more reflective about life and death but, instead, it was really just a memoir focusing primarily on her parents.

bookishdl Aug 24, 2016

Stark and raw memoir of facing the prospect of death and leaving behind a life you're not ready to leave. So many of the author's observations and thoughts hit you hard when you realise that if you were faced with the same prospect, you would probably feel the same. A sobering reminder that you need to extract as much as you can from your life while you can. Was saddened to read that the author passed away in July.


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