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Nancy London has commented on (6) products.

A Complicated Kindness: A Novel by Miriam Toews
A Complicated Kindness: A Novel

Nancy London, February 27, 2015

I loved the author's latest book All My Puny Sorrows so I decided to backtrack and read an earlier one. The heroine, Nomi, is 16, coming of age in a small Mennonite community in Canada, full of confusion and grief over the disappearance of her mother and sister, caring for her odd duck father, trying out sex, drowning in drugs. Her voice is heartbreaking, hilarious, bitter, wise. Toews kind of rambles, but always knows where she is going.
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The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides by John West
The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides

Nancy London, November 23, 2014

the author John West's parents..bright, engaged, health care professionals with terminal illnesses, ask him to help them commit suicide. This book is an emotional read...first the assisted suicide of the author's father, and then nine months later, his mother's death from an overdose he helped her swallow. West knew he was placing himself in legal jeopardy, suffered incredible stress, but believed we all have the right to chose when and how we die.
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The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Nancy London, November 9, 2014

I loved this book..the family of four leaving India and adapting to America, the sari wearing aunties, the pitch perfect dialogue, the lush feasts. At the heart of the book is a tender study of each character's growth and compassion for each other as they deal with the death of a beloved. Engrossing.
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The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
The Maytrees

Nancy London, May 20, 2014

Annie Dillard's novel invokes the natural world...endless seascapes, starry skies, beach flats at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, as vividly as any of her nonfiction writing, but this book follows the fictional lives Lou and Maytree as they meet, mate, parent, and grow old, as rooted to their landscape as their beloved sand dunes. Dillard explores with lyrical writing the complexity of love and loyalty, and our place in a vast unknowable universe.
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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler
Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Nancy London, March 12, 2014

This book broke my heart. The author's father suffers a stroke, gets shunted into mainstream medicine, and spends the next five years in a vegetative state. Her mother becomes primary caregiver and eventually cracks under at the strain, resorting to yelling and violence towards the man she loves. None of us thinks this can happen to us, our parents, or our loved ones, but it can and does. This book opens up a conversation about our society's obsession with keeping us alive long past the moment it might be the right time to die.
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