The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

☔ Free Format Kindle Read [ ✇ The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying ] ♄ Kindle Ebook By Nina Riggs ♈ The Bright Hour 1 One Small Spot The call comes when John is away at a conference in New Orleans Lets not linger on the thin light sifting into our bedroom as I fold laundry, the last leaves shivering on the willow oak outsidepreparing to let go but not yet letting go The heat chattering in the vent The dog working a spot on her leg The new year hanging in the air like a question mark The phone buzzing on the bed Its almost noon Out at the school, the kids must be lining up for recess, their fingers tunneling into their gloves like explorers Cancer in the breast, the doctor from the biopsy says One small spot One small spot I repeat it to John, who steps out of a breakout session when he sees my text I repeat it to my mom, who says, Youve got to be kidding me Not you, already I repeat it to my dad who shows up at my house with chicken soup I repeat it to my best friend, Tita, and she repeats it to me as we sit on the couch obsessing over all twenty words of the phone conversation with the doctor I repeat it brushing my teeth, in the carpool line, unclasping my bra, falling asleep, walking the aisles of the grocery store, walking on the greenway, lying in the cramped, clanky cave of the MRI machine while they take a closer look One small spot It becomes a chant, a rallying cry One small spot is fixable One small spot is a year of your life No one dies from one small spot Oh, breast cancer, I remember my great aunt saying before she died at age ninety three of heart failure Thats something I did in the 1970s.PRAISE FOR THE BRIGHT HOURBY NINA RIGGS This book is carefully, thoughtfully, and beautifully written I think it should be required reading for the entire human race Nina Riggs is my hero and after you read this she will be your hero, too Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Identicals The Bright Houris a stunning work, a heart rending meditation on lifenot just how to appreciate it while youre living it, but how to embrace its end, too It is this years When Breath Becomes Air. Nora Krug, Washington Post Beautiful and hauntinga thoughtful and heartbreaking exploration of what makes life meaningful in a persons remaining daysBuried within this agonizing tale are moments of levity I laughed out loud many, many times and flashes of poetryThis book provides a stunning look at that experience and has forever changed my understanding of the illness narrative Its a book every doctor and patient should readIts hard not to compare The Bright Hourto When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithis best selling memoir about his battle with lung cancer Both were in their late 30s when they discovered they were dying, and both write spare prose with a poignancy that is uncommon However, Riggs book is markedly different in tone and content Its humorous and less philosophical but equally moving Matt McCarthy, MD, USA Today 4 4 stars Poet Nina Riggs was only 37, the mother of two young sons, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer Within a year she had lost her mother to multiple myelomaand learned her own cancer was terminal as well Riggs died last February, leaving behind this deeply affecting memoir, a simultaneously heartbreaking and funny account of living with loss and the specter of death As she lyrically, unflinchingly details her reality, she finds beauty and truth that comfort even amid the crushing sadness People Book of the Week Profound and poignantsuperbI put down The Bright Hour a slightly different, and better, person unbearably sad and also feeling, as Riggs did, the hug of the world Kelly Corrigan, O Magazine You can read a multitude books about how to die, but Riggs, a dying woman, will show you how to live New York Times Book Review Editors Choice I think every writer is just trying to find the words to say essentially This is what life feels like And in this book, Nina Riggs did thatshe found the words And theyre beautiful, and heartbreaking, and transcendent Cristina Henriquez, critically acclaimed author of The Book of Unknown Americans The Bright Hour is filled with life We are so lucky that in the last months of her life Nina wrote The Bright Hour as a giftto her family, to her husband, to her children, and also as a gift to us Alice Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Faithful and The Rules of Magic Her memoir is powerful and gripping and also, brilliantly, laugh out loud funnythe perfect reminder that every day here is a gift, and that every day is an opportunity to leave an indelible mark on those who you must leave behind goop A vivid, immediate dispatch from the front lines of mortality and a record of a life by someone who wasnt done living yet But there is nothing maudlin about ither warm portraits of each of the members of her closest circle are a large part of the books emotional power So is something we dont notice fully until its gone the strength and clarity of Riggss voice, which never faded on the page, and which we wont get to hear again Boston Globe The antithesis of grim an irreverent and poignant Baedeker through the country of illness Wall Street Journal This gorgeous chronicle of the last year of her lifebrimming with seemingly mundane details about parenting, buying a couch, getting a puppyis a gentle reminder to cherish each day Entertainment Weekly Best New Books Like the bestselling When Breath Becomes Air,the work she left behind is a beautiful testament to the quiet magic of everyday life and making the most of the time we are given, whether its spent taking last minute trips to Paris, wallpapering the mudroom, or reveling in a newly purchased couch These are the things we all say at the end of book club now I love you, she writes Of course we do Why havent we been saying that all along New York Post This Weeks Must Read Books Fans of Paul Kalanithis heart wrenching memoir will enjoy this poignant story about how a grown womanwhos also a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emersonspends her last days after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer A luminous, heartbreaking symphony of wit, wisdom, pain, parenting, and perseverance against insurmountable odds Kirkus Reviews starred review Moving and insightfulRiggs writes with humor the memoir is rife with witty one liners and musings on the joys and challenges of mothering and observations on the importance of loving relationshipsIn this tender memoir Riggs displays a keen awareness of and reverence for all the moments of lifeboth the light, and the dark, the cruel, and the beautiful Publishers Weekly starred review Riggs reminds us that we are all in this world until we leave it the gallows humor surrounding her mothers funeral will make readers howl guiltily but appreciatively Whether confronting disease or not, everyone should read this beautifully crafted book as it imbues life and loved ones with a particularly transcendent glow Library Journal starred review Author Nina Riggs was 37, the mother of two young sons, and married to her best friend when she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer This is the story of how she faced the unthinkable with humanity and most of all with love Glamour Magazine Inspired by the unforgettable New York TimesModern Love column, this memoir by a young mother with terminal cancer is touching and wickedly funny Glamour Magazine The Six Juiciest Summer Reads Through this warmhearted memoir, Riggs writes her way to accepting her own death and the uncertainty that follows it The Bright Hour is an introspective, well considered tribute to life As Riggs famed ancestor Emerson writes, That is morning to cease for a bright hour to be a prisoner of this sickly body and to become as large as the World Bookpage In this memoir, published posthumously, Nina Riggs asks How do you make life meaningful when you know your time is limited With humor and honesty, The Bright Hour A Memoir of Living and Dyingchronicles Riggss diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer and the moments shared with her school age sons and her husband before her death at age 39 Real Simple Five Books That Wont Disappoint A beautiful giftA heartrending reminder of lifes worthiness from the descendent of Ralph Waldo Emerson, this is a beautiful time capsule of Riggs experiences Read it Forward Best of May Selection PoignantFor anyone looking for wise words on the subject of cancerthis is your book, but it also contains so much Riggs was the great great great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and there is a running theme throughout the book about the huge importance of art and the humanity it can impart Bookish Must Read Nonfiction for Summer Selection Its a tearjerker, but if you enjoyed When Breath Becomes Air, this book will hit the same emotional spots Bitch Magazine Memoirs of serious illness are haunted by the twin specters of death and self help whether ending in remission or posthumous sainthood, they suffer from the soft bigotry of the critic proof Riggs, who died at 39, a month after finishing this book, emulated entirely different writers, from Cheryl Strayed to essayists like Michel de Montaigne and her ancestor, Ralph Waldo Emerson Her story was driven not just by her dark pursuer, breast cancer, but also by lives lived and books read Read it for its insights, not its subject Vulture With The Bright Hour, Riggs leaves behind a literary legacy that captures both her incredible talent and her unwavering love for her familyHer lyrical, honest prose immerses the reader in her world you feel the fear, the despair, the joyRiggs perfectly captures the strange, sometimes otherworldly feeling experience of cancer treatmentBut though one might expect a tome of sadness and despair from a writer with only months left to live, Riggs fills her memoir with vivid, messy, beautiful life The book illustrates how Riggs sense of humor never faltersRiggs seamlessly integrates both Emersons and Montaignes thoughts on life, death and health, adding a richness to her own experience Greensboro News Record Wry and tender Atlanta Journal Constitution Gorgeous and brave, Nina Riggss memoir explodes with life and insight evenamidruin with lines so poetic they knocked the wind out of me Its heartbreaking, funny, clear eyed,and entirely devoid of clich.Thisbook isherhard won treasure, and ours Lucy Kalanithi An amazing book Katie Couric, OZY How a woman can have this much emotional clarity and narrative power while fighting for her life should astonish every last one of us Magical Unforgettable Kelly Corrigan, New York Timesbestselling author of The Middle Placeand Glitter and Glue Nina Riggs could have written a memoir about dying Instead, she has given us a book exploding with life Every page of The Bright Hour bright the operative word here is filled with the mysterious, messy, funny, heartbreaking stuff that only happens in the most loving of families Clearly, hers is one Writing with frank and exquisite honesty and a striking absence of sentimentality or self pity in the final days of a terminal struggle, she explores everything from her childrens choice of Halloween costumes and her own, of a new sofa, to the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Montaigne Though no doubt challenged by constant physical depletion and griefa fact of her illness she chooses not to dwell onRiggs emerges as a character whose ultimate victory will not take the form of beating cancer, but of refusing to allow cancer to destroy her life embracing spirit As she allows us into her world of wig shopping and heart to heart conversations with her boys, it becomes impossible not to love this woman also her quirky, tenderly rendered sons, and her quietly suffering husband, whose future remarriage she allows herself to envision The tragedy of Riggss illness and impending death hangs over every page, but in the end, this is a book not about crushing loss but about the richness of love and its power to uplift and sustain us What a gift she has given to her family, and to any reader of this beautiful book Joyce Maynard, New York Timesbestselling author of Under the Influence, At Home in the World,and Labor Day Nina Riggs writes gorgeously and with astonishing clarity about her own terminal illness, about losing her mother, about her marriage and her children, about books that have guided her, and also about the often comical challenges of daily life as a busy parent Riggs never shies away from describing the terrible sadness and messiness of her own dying, but alsomanages to suffuse this book with a miraculous blend of light and joy This is an emotional journey told with raw honesty and also a sly sense of humor The Bright Houris an instant classic that deserves to be read by everyone who loved When Breath Becomes Airby Paul Kalanithi and Being Mortalby Atul Guwande.Like those, here is a book about dying that has powerful lessons for everyone about how to live Will Schwalbe, New York Timesbestselling author of The End of Your Life Bookcluband Books For Living Once I started this book, I couldnt stop reading Profound, absorbing, and often even funny, Nina Riggss memoir of living and dying is a meditation on life, family, and how to cram every day of our existence with what we loveno matter how much time we have left Brilliant and illuminating Gretchen Rubin, New York Timesbestselling author of The Happiness Projectand Better Than Before The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and DyingThe Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying


    • Nina Riggs
    • Anglais
    • 2017-08-09T14:12+02:00
    • Format Kindle
    • 1501169351
    • The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

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