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On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles: A Diary
     

On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles: A Diary

by Candiya Mann
 
At forty, Candiya thought her life was finally falling into place. Mike - her boyfriend, best friend, love of her life - was returning from the final deployment of his career. Now they could start their life together. They had made it through the stress of repeated deployments, and this was the sweet reward on the other side. The morning after his return, she got the

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At forty, Candiya thought her life was finally falling into place. Mike - her boyfriend, best friend, love of her life - was returning from the final deployment of his career. Now they could start their life together. They had made it through the stress of repeated deployments, and this was the sweet reward on the other side. The morning after his return, she got the call. Mike had been in a motorcycle accident, and "he didn't make it."

ON GRIEF, HOPE, AND MOTORCYCLES is a collection of Candiya's blog posts and ride reports, a diary that follows her journey from despair to healing, including the painful, funny, and absurd stories along the way. Raw, powerful, and beautiful, this book is an offering of hope to any reader who has experienced or will experience loss: that is to say, everyone.

"Mann intersperses stunningly honest journal entries with meditative road reports from her motorcycle adventures along the West Coast. Her insights are an affirmation of life in the aftermath of tragedy." -- Stephanie Chong, Where Demons Fear to Tread

"Mann brings the reader along for the ride with unflinching honesty." -- WSU Today

"On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles is about spark: the spark of igniting a motorcycle engine, and the spark of reigniting one's life." – Ideaphoriana

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On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles: A Diary contains 71 blog posts and ride reports, plus endnotes. There are 71,978 words.

Editorial Reviews

WSU Libraries - Nella Letizia
Mann's 71 blog posts and ride reports reveal a deeply personal, sometimes raw search to find meaning in her overwhelming grief. Mann brings the reader along for the ride with unflinching honesty, sharing all the details of numbness, horror, absurdity, desperation, revelation and fear as she takes tentative steps to move forward.
Ideaphoriana - John Sener
On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles is most definitely a diary as well, which gives the book an engaging structure based on parallel narratives of risk. Mann's no holds barred, intensely personal account of coping with her searing loss rides alongside her story about learning to ride a motorcycle alone and effectively. Along the way, the narrative takes the reader through the wrenching twists and turns of both journeys, and it doesn't take long to realize which journey is more agonizingly difficult

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149866717
Publisher:
Candiya Mann
Publication date:
01/22/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Candiya Mann does social science research and program evaluations for National Science Foundation grant recipients. She lives in Bremerton, Washington, in a little house full of houseplants, with a little garage full of motorcycles. On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles: A Diary is the first book she has written.

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