Dying

Dying

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. And 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
1941040705
Branch Call Number: B TAYLOR CORY
Characteristics: 141 pages ; 21 cm

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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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