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The Bright Hour

The Bright Hour

A Memoir of Living and Dying

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"Built on her wildly popular Modern Love column, 'When a Couch is More Than a Couch' (9/23/2016), a breathtaking memoir of living meaningfully with 'death in the room' by the 38 year old great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, mother to two young boys, wife of 16 years, after her terminal cancer diagnosis"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501169359
1501169351
9781501169373
Branch Call Number: 362.196994 R4489B 2017
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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A breathtaking memoir of living meaningfully after a terminal cancer diagnosis.


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MillieBT
Dec 19, 2020

Even though it was sad i couldn't relate to her writing

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Karen_028
Jun 22, 2019

A well written memoir. The balance between strength and vulnerability throughout her battle with cancer was admirable. I shed some tears while reading this book, and at the same time it made me laugh, smile and be mindful of life ahead.

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hfrau2004
Mar 26, 2019

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JessicaGma Jul 10, 2018

It's beautifully written so it's lovely but also sad in turns. You follow Nina and her family as they deal with possible remission but then all the bumps and obstacles that come from a terminal disease. I was definitely weeping at the end.

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singasong70
Mar 26, 2018

Not as captivated as I should be ( too soon after reading When Breath Becomes Air). In the face of death, mentions philosopher, relative (RWE) uses "F" word liberally, convinces me she's not at peace with God. Having sat at bedside with 2 who drew their last breath, one at peace with God and looking forward to heaven, one not, angry, struggling to the end - can say with confidence which I'd rather be and know I am (Just a thought).

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lizalaw
Jan 20, 2018

from Strib 1/20/18

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ulana2001
Oct 14, 2017

Reading this was a true inspiration to me. The courage and humor of this relatively young woman with two young sons and everything to live for is amazing. I think it helps to put our everyday travails in perspective.
Initially I thought this might be too dark a topic for me but it gave me strength instead.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Oct 07, 2017

Beautifully written. I laughed and cried while reading this. I loved the local references, the thoughts on nature as religion, and her way of seeing the world. Reading this helped me to take extra quiet moments, kiss my babies extra, and be aware of the 'suspicious country' we are all in.

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amccannel
Sep 15, 2017

This was such a beautiful book. Poetic and thought provoking.

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FairhavenLibe
Aug 08, 2017

A joy to read, hard not to cry so I cried often. I've read other memoirs by women battling cancer, but this one will stay with me, it is funny, philosophical, truthful, and just so beautifully written.

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AceOfSpadefish
Nov 13, 2019

I walk around the room twice, sniffing at everything - searching for just one whiff of her - organic, living/dying her. It is not here. So I stand in the room and cry for a long time.
And then I steal all her shoes.

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AceOfSpadefish
Nov 13, 2019

"Dying isn't the end of the world." my mother liked to joke after she was diagnosed as terminal.

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MegMermaid
Oct 04, 2019

“I want death to find me planting my cabbages, not concerned about it or—still less—my unfinished garden.”

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Jun 16, 2017

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