Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Smartly written...an improbably funny book that will hit home hard....Read it and chortle. Read it and weep." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"This is an important work, at once unsparing and gracious — and that is no small achievement....Buckley has pulled off what eludes many writers: he has written candidly but not unkindly about people whose vices and virtues he sees clearly." Newsweek
"[Buckley's] laugh-out-loud humor doesn't desert him just because he spends a big chunk of Mum and Pup in the hospital at his parents' bedsides or talking with funeral home directors....You end Losing Mum and Pup dazzled by the Buckleys as people, if not entirely as parents." USA Today
"Satirist Christopher Buckley writes honestly and with touching humor about the recent passing of his legendary parents." Elle
"With characteristic asperity and immeasurable tenderness, Christopher Buckley mourns his legendary parents." Vogue
"Because he can write, because he cared and was perhaps driven to it, Christopher Buckley has given us — and the ages — something of his parents. Read his book and you sense truly that you know them." Chris Matthews, The Daily Beast
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.