An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

Author: Elizabeth McCracken

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316027663

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child. This book is about what happened next. In her ninth month of pregnancy, she learned that her baby boy had died. How do you deal with and recover from this kind of loss? Of course you don't--but you go on. And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, the company of this remarkable book will help you go on. With humor and warmth and unfailing generosity, McCracken considers the nature of love and grief. She opens her heart and leaves all of ours the richer for it.

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

Author: Elizabeth McCracken

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409016471

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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'This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending.' A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, Elizabeth McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. Then she fell in love, got married, and continued her life of writing, travelling, and teaching with her husband.Two years ago, she found herself in a remote part of France, waiting for the birth of her first child. This book is about what happens next. In the ninth month of her pregnancy, a baby is lost.Just over a year later, a baby is born. In a profoundly moving display of humour, heart, and unfailing generosity, McCracken tenderly presents her story: a story of true love and unfathomable sadness, of courageous recovery and bittersweet moments, of steadfast memories and deep affection.Grief walks through these pages of this remarkable book, but so do happiness and hope.

The Miracle of Hospice

Author: Cathy Truehart

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 9781452550824

Category: Medical

Page: 142

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“Truehart gives us a real inside peak at her work and the devotion and skills of those who work alongside her. But most important, she takes the “scary” out of hospice. She makes it clear that choosing hospice creates the best possible world for the dying and the people who love them...that terminal illness does not necessitate living every day as though it is your last. Rather... hospice can create a world of possibilities for each and every day that is left to us—just like in real life.” —Kay Degenhardt, KDI “When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma over three years ago, it had the face of my mortality on it...I was blessed to come across a copy of Cathy’s manuscript of her life’s work in hospice... [which] made me laugh while I cried, but more importantly, Cathy’s compassion and her patients’ courage gave me hope and inspiration when I needed it most. I recommend that anyone...read this!” —Joan Rose Ellsworth

The System of Vienna

Author: Gert Jonke,Vincent Kling

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 1564785505

Category: Fiction

Page: 125

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An autobiographical tale by the late prize-winning Austrian philosophical humorist is inspired by his streetcar travels through Vienna and imagines his encounters with such eccentrics as a paranoid fish wholesaler, an ambitious stamp collector and a compulsive talker. Original.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

Author: Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143812970X

Category: American fiction

Page: 433

View: 4394


Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work is an invaluable guide to the work of English-language fiction writers born since 1960. Coverage includes some of the most vital and appealing writers working today, such as Chang-rae Lee, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and Dave Eggers. Containing more than 200 entries written by literary scholars, this resource provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-Speaking literary world.

Babylost

Author: Monica J. Casper

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 197882596X

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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The U.S. infant mortality rate is among the highest in the industrialized world, and Black babies are far more likely than white babies to die in their first year of life. Maternal mortality rates are also very high. Though the infant mortality rate overall has improved over the past century with public health interventions, racial disparities have not. Racism, poverty, lack of access to health care, and other causes of death have been identified, but not yet adequately addressed. The tragedy is twofold: it is undoubtedly tragic that babies die in their first year of life, and it is both tragic and unacceptable that most of these deaths are preventable. Despite the urgency of the problem, there has been little public discussion of infant loss. The question this book takes up is not why babies die; we already have many answers to this question. It is, rather, who cares that babies, mostly but not only Black and Native American babies, are dying before their first birthdays? More importantly, what are we willing to do about it? This book tracks social and cultural dimensions of infant death through 58 alphabetical entries, from Absence to ZIP Code. It centers women’s loss and grief, while also drawing attention to dimensions of infant death not often examined. It is simultaneously a sociological study of infant death, an archive of loss and grief, and a clarion call for social change.

The Still Point of the Turning World

Author: Emily Rapp Black

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101605855

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun. He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father. He would be an avid skier like his mother. Rapp would speak to him in foreign languages and give him the best education. But all of these plans changed when Ronan was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three; he would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting. They would have to learn to live with their child in the moment; to find happiness in the midst of sorrow; to parent without a future. The Still Point of the Turning World is the story of a mother’s journey through grief and beyond it. Rapp’s response to her son’s diagnosis was a belief that she needed to “make my world big”—to make sense of her family’s situation through art, literature, philosophy, theology and myth. Drawing on a broad range of thinkers and writers, from C.S. Lewis to Sylvia Plath, Hegel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rapp learns what wisdom there is to be gained from parenting a terminally ill child. In luminous, exquisitely moving prose she re-examines our most fundamental assumptions about what it means to be a good parent, to be a success, and to live a meaningful life.

Of This Much I'm Sure

Author: Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631522116

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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At twenty-two, Chicagoan Nadine Kenney is thrilled to meet her future husband, Jamie, while vacationing in Florida. After a whirlwind, long-distance romance, Nadine leaves her friends, family, and city to join Jamie in suburban Massachusetts. Once married, they begin trying for a baby without knowing how hard that road will become. Nadine soon faces the little-known horrors of IVF when a procedure causes severe internal bleeding, and she wakes up from emergency surgery with a six-inch scar instead of a baby bump. In the difficult year that follows, anxiety and additional failed fertility treatments threaten her new marriage and her mental state. By some saving grace, she eventually becomes pregnant naturally, but the horrors are not over: her son is diagnosed with potentially terminal kidney complications. Ultimately, Nadine learns that in an unpredictable life, the only thing she can be sure of is the healing power of hope.

Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions

Author: Beth Perry Black, PhD, RN,Dr. Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, CPLC, FAAN,Patricia Moyle Wright, PhD, CRNP, ACNS-BC

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826129277

Category: Medical

Page: 420

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[This] is a story of love, hope, and healing. There are 18 chapters covering intimate aspects of a young life ending and how those who remain behind can grieve in such a way that they go on living. This book is a collection of clinical wisdom, theoretical knowledge and models of care that can continue to tell the story and change cultures of care. As a palliative care nurse I am honored to write this Foreword and to be included in these pages with the authors who are truly pioneers in perinatal and pediatric bereavement. --Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN From the Foreword This is a definitive, state-of-the-art resource on the vital pieces of perinatal and pediatric palliative care. Culling the most important new evidence-based research and findings from scholars and practitioners worldwide, it links theoretical knowledge and clinical practice to fill a gap in current information. The text is distinguished by its provision of different and even competing perspectives that address the complexities of the tragic human experience of perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric death and the nurses and other healthcare providers who provide care to those involved. Contributors disseminate new theoretical approaches and reexamine current concepts in light of new research. They discuss the theoretical underpinnings of perinatal and pediatric bereavement, examine current thought on the dimensions of loss, deliver evidence-based clinical interventions, and offer the perspective of grieving families regarding their experiences and needs. The book provides both novice and experienced scholars of perinatal and pediatric bereavement with a strong foundation of current knowledge. With clinical interventions derived from research, the book will enhance the expertise of clinicians caring for bereaved women and their families. It Includes case studies, interview excerpts, graphics and review questions to illustrate key points, and summaries demonstrating how theory is translated to clinical practice and informs research. Chapters provide objectives, references, and suggestions for additional study. The book is also a valuable study aid for students preparing for the Pediatric Loss Certification exam. Key Features: Provides high-level but accessible information from renowned scholars in perinatal and pediatric loss Disseminates the newest theoretical frameworks that can be used to create interventions and develop research Includes case studies demonstrating how theory is applicable to research and practice Facilitates critical thinking with different and even competing perspectives Serves as a valuable resource for Pediatric Loss Certification (NBCHPN) preparation

Mentor: A Memoir

Author: Tom Grimes

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 0982569106

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 6477


An intimate look at the writing life, the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, the fickle publishing world, and an extraordinary friendship with Frank Conroy. A chance encounter between two writers, one young, one older, develops into a wonderful friendship neither expected. Frank Conroy, author of the classic memoir Stop-Time, meets Tom Grimes, an aspiring writer and an applicant to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which Conroy directs. First as teacher and student--and gradually as friends—their lives become entwined, and through both successes and disappointments, their bond deepens. Exquisitely written, Mentor is an honest and heartbreaking exploration of the writing life and the role of a very important teacher.