There are times in life when we hope, despite all evidence to the contrary. When we declare that we've hit rock bottom, only to find we've still got plenty of room to fall. Beaver, the author and a TV actor, celebrates this innocent yet profound belief -- that things will indeed get better -- in his unique memoir, Life's That Way.
Beaver's book consists of a series of e-mails he wrote over the course of a year. They began as a convenience, a way to update his friends and family nightly. His wife, Cecily, had just been diagnosed with lung cancer. At the same time, he was grappling with the recent diagnosis of his two year-old daughter, "a perfect child who's autistic." His efforts to regularly communicate express his deepest thoughts about fear, life, love, and family. We are all much richer for the experience of living it with him. (Summer 2009 Selection)