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Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780446540957
ISBN10: 0446540951
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In twelve months between 2007 and 2008, Christopher Buckley coped with the passing of his father, William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, and his mother, Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York's most glamorous and colorful socialites. He was their only child and their relationship was close and complicated. Writes Buckley: "They were not - with respect to every other set of loving, wonderful parents in the world - your typical mom and dad."

As Buckley tells the story of their final year together, he takes readers on a surprisingly entertaining tour through hospitals, funeral homes, and memorial services, capturing the heartbreaking and disorienting feeling of becoming a 55-year-old orphan. Buckley maintains his sense of humor by recalling the words of Oscar Wilde: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness."

Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Buckley's most personal and transcendent work--the tragicomic true story of the year in which he lost both of his parents. The author offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a mother or father.

About the Author

Christopher Buckley is the author of fourteen books, including Supreme Courtship, Boomsday, and Thank You For Smoking. He is editor-at-large of ForbesLife magazine, and was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence. He lives on the Acela train between Washington, D.C. and New York City.

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chasm, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by chasm)
Tender, sad, and funny. An unflinching look at growing up with two amazing parents and how Christopher Buckley deals with losing both of them in about a year. Especially poignant for those of us with aging parents nearing the ends of their lives.
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Shirley Gilman, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by Shirley Gilman)
This book is excellent. Christopher Buckley has managed to combine the death of his parents and his life with them in a heart felt manner. He has managed to include humor which protrays real life with famous people. They really aren't different from the rest of us. Everyone who has lost family members or will in the future should read this book to achieve better understand the responsibility and love that goes in to caring for the elderly. Mr. Buckley did a great job in telling his story in a most respectful way. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446540957
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Buckley, Christopher
Publisher:
Twelve
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Family relationships; Death of parent; Writers
Publication Date:
20100513
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.00x6.32x.73 in. .51 lbs.

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