The Bright Hour : A Memoir of Living and Dying

The Bright Hour : A Memoir of Living and Dying

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The author of Lucky, Lucky presents a full-length account of her experiences with terminal metastatic breast cancer as documented in her blog Suspicious Country, a journey that reshaped her views about marriage, motherhood, friendship and memory.

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“Stunning…heartrending…this year’s When Breath Becomes Air.” —Nora Krug, The Washington Post

“Beautiful and haunting.” —Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY

“Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny.” —People (Book of the Week)

“Vivid, immediate.” —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe

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An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with “death in the room,” from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air.

“We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.”

Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.

How does one live each day, “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?

Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs’s breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time?

Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it’s about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina’s other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It’s a book about looking death squarely in the face and saying “this is what will be.”

Especially poignant in these uncertain times, The Bright Hour urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501169366
150116936X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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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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carolina_girl
Jun 16, 2017

One of the best books I've read in a long time! Riggs has a beautiful style, full of description and humor. I highly recommend this to ANYONE whose life has been touched by cancer. This book is sure to be one of my favorites for years to come.

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Jun 16, 2017

carolina_girl thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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