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The Still Point of the Turning World

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This memoir is a love story in its simplest form--that between a

This memoir is a love story in its simplest form--that between a mother and her dying son. It's a love without boundaries or expectations. As Emily Rapp introduces the book, "This is a love story, which, like all great love stories, is ultimately a story of loss.&q...
This memoir is a love story in its simplest form--that between a mother and her dying son. It's a love without boundaries or expectations. As Emily Rapp introduces the book, "This is a love story, which, like all great love stories, is ultimately a story of loss." And later, "What was unconditional love if not love that expects nothing in return, especially from a child who was arguably as helpless as Ronan? We made him, we loved him, end of story."

Following the journey from Ronan's diagnosis with Tay-Sachs disease at nine months through the year that follows is often heart-wrenching, sometimes uplifting, mostly inspiring, and always honest. The simultaneous joy and pain that Rapp struggles with everyday is heartbreaking, but is the reality she endures. Her writing is a gift to Ronan, her words the beauty that his story deserves.

"It is a unique and terrible privilege to witness the entire arc of a life, to see it through from its inception to its end. But it is also an opportunity to love without a net, without the future, without the past, but right now." 

She shows the reader what it is really like to be present and to love in time. How the best we can hope for our children is that they know this kind of love.

This book will stay with you, as will Ronan's sweet face, long after you finishing reading it. A must-read manifesto of love.

posted by katiecanes on March 13, 2013

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not so great

I purchased this book after it was reviewed in People. While I have a huge amount of sympathy for the author, this book said the EXACT SAME THING in almost every chapter. I'm not sure what I expected, but this was disappointing. The book is well written, but the subj...
I purchased this book after it was reviewed in People. While I have a huge amount of sympathy for the author, this book said the EXACT SAME THING in almost every chapter. I'm not sure what I expected, but this was disappointing. The book is well written, but the subject matter could have been covered in a magazine article, not a 210 page book.

posted by ChippyLB on March 17, 2013

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    This memoir is a love story in its simplest form--that between a

    This memoir is a love story in its simplest form--that between a mother and her dying son. It's a love without boundaries or expectations. As Emily Rapp introduces the book, "This is a love story, which, like all great love stories, is ultimately a story of loss." And later, "What was unconditional love if not love that expects nothing in return, especially from a child who was arguably as helpless as Ronan? We made him, we loved him, end of story."

    Following the journey from Ronan's diagnosis with Tay-Sachs disease at nine months through the year that follows is often heart-wrenching, sometimes uplifting, mostly inspiring, and always honest. The simultaneous joy and pain that Rapp struggles with everyday is heartbreaking, but is the reality she endures. Her writing is a gift to Ronan, her words the beauty that his story deserves.

    "It is a unique and terrible privilege to witness the entire arc of a life, to see it through from its inception to its end. But it is also an opportunity to love without a net, without the future, without the past, but right now." 

    She shows the reader what it is really like to be present and to love in time. How the best we can hope for our children is that they know this kind of love.

    This book will stay with you, as will Ronan's sweet face, long after you finishing reading it. A must-read manifesto of love.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    This is an awesome book - everyone should read it.

    How do you live knowing your baby is going to die and there is nothing that can save him? Emily Rapp simultaneously breaks your heart, comforts you and shares her solution. I bought this book after seeing Ms. Rapp on the Today Show. I wondered how, since she said that her child, Ronan, had died only a few weeks before, could she have this book on shelves. Why write? Because it provided her sanity. She says it herself on page 137, "I've always believed in the power of stories to make life cohere, to create a necessary order around us, and this can, in turn, help us fully live."

    This story will do just that.

    Its not a story about dying, it's a story of living, every day a celebration, every day a crisis, always focused on what will be the best way to make Ronan happy, and yet, Emily shares her emotional terror and confusion and makes you see life, and death, in an amazing and new way.

    It's sad, but not a downer. It's encouraging and not preachy. It's probably one of the best books I've read in years.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    I understand that one would expect a good read. But this is an a

    I understand that one would expect a good read. But this is an autobiography about grief and loss. The author was not writing to sell, she was writing to make sense of all the chaos in her life. It filled me with tears and I am so glad I read this. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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