Life's That Way

Life's That Way

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a compliation of the author's emails to friends and family members documenting his life, the news of his daughter's autism, and his wife's Cecily's condition after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Blackwell North Amer
I'm no Job - though I think we went to the same school....So says Jim Beaver in this memoir.
In August 2003, Jim and his wife, Cecily, received what they thought was the worst news possible - their daughter, Maddie, was autistic. Then, six weeks later, the roof fell in - Cecily was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.
Jim immediately began writing a nightly e-mail as a way to keep 125 family and friends up-to-date about Cecily's condition. Soon four thousand people around the world were reading it. Initially a cathartic exercise for Jim, the prose turned into an unforgettable journey for his readers. Life's That Way is a compilation of those e-mails; yet what started out as nightly missives makes for a unique and compelling, wholly original reading experience.
Life's That Way is not an author looking back on his experience with the advantage of hindsight - there is an immediacy to this book that is singular. While highly personal, Beaver's experience is at the same time universal for anybody who has lost a loved one.
But Life's That Way is not solely about loss. It is a day-by-day account of what it's like to discover the joy of a child, to be on the receiving end of unthinkable kindness, and to navigate life anew. As Beaver says, these are hard-won blessings. Then again, life's that way.

Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780399155642
0399155643
Branch Call Number: BIO Beaver BEA
Characteristics: 303 p. ;,24 cm.

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