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Pat Shannon has commented on (9) products.

Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
Generation Loss

Pat Shannon, October 3, 2008

I read this book in the spring of 2008 and am still having dreams about it as the brightly colored leaves of autumn begin falling here in Maine. The story got under my skin and I carry it like a faint tattoo. The characters took me places that I did not want to go, and yet I am grateful for the journey.
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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Pat Shannon, July 16, 2008

As the daughter of one librarian and the Goddaughter of another, my veins are full of book dust. If there are libraries in heaven, and Momma insisted that there would be, she is most certainly checking out Anne's marvelous book.
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Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler
Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives

Pat Shannon, June 6, 2008

As the Bush-Cheney administration continues to hide the final homecomings and the grieving families of our men and women dying in Iraq and Afghanistan; we must rely on those whose have ability to follow and to record pain in order to tell us the stories we need to hear. Jim Sheeler's incredibly respectful and painful book should be required reading for anyone who intends to cast a ballot in this fall's election.

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Comfort: A Journey through Grief by Ann Hood
Comfort: A Journey through Grief

Pat Shannon, June 3, 2008

I am a "grief junkie" - reading everything I can get my hands on that will teach me about loss; most especially how to live through it. This book offered me truth; the truth of rage and of the scorn for those who think their platitudes can ease your pain. The truth of time; that it can take years to put away the shoes or clean the room. The truth that life, however, does go on. And the truth that the heart is created to heal. It is not just that the heart has the capacity, it has the purpose. Ann Hood lets the truth of that purpose speak. Her work is a blessing.
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Elegy: Poems by Mary Jo Bang
Elegy: Poems

Pat Shannon, May 5, 2008

When new friends see my shelf of books about loss and grief, I have been asked questions such as "Why so many? Haven't you found what you are looking for?" No, I haven't, not yet. But Elegy brings me much of what I have been seeking. The language of loss, best expressed in poetry, best written by those in great pain. Mary Jo Bang knows where it hurts. When my own losses are too great for words, I can seek solace in this beautiful book.
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