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Saying Goodbye
     

Saying Goodbye

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by Julie Rember (Editor), Mike O'Mary (Editor)
 

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Saying Goodbye is a collection of true stories about “saying goodbye” to the people, places and things in our lives. This is a powerful book that includes a number of sad stories, as well as some very funny ones. Taken together, the stories serve as amazing examples of people saying heartfelt goodbyes with grace, dignity, and good humor.

Saying Goodbye

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Saying Goodbye is a collection of true stories about “saying goodbye” to the people, places and things in our lives. This is a powerful book that includes a number of sad stories, as well as some very funny ones. Taken together, the stories serve as amazing examples of people saying heartfelt goodbyes with grace, dignity, and good humor.

Saying Goodbye includes stories contributed by thirty-one authors from the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. These stories show that there is sadness in goodbyes, but there is also irony and humor. It’s perfect for book groups that want stimulating conversations about “saying goodbye” — a topic that touches us all in one way or another.

Saying Goodbye is the first anthology from book publisher Dream of Things in a new series intended to fill the gap between popular anthologies of stories that are "short and sweet" (sometimes so saccharine-sweet they are hard to swallow) and the Best American Essays series, which are much longer. Instead of short and sweet, Dream of Things anthologies are intended to be short and deep.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982579442
Publisher:
Dream of Things
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

What People are Saying About This

Melanie Sherratt
Saying Goodbye is a great book. There are many anthologies out there, lots with great short stories, but Saying Goodbye is about much more. It's about memories. There are heartfelt memories, humourous memories, some extremely personal memories. Some really made me smile. Others brought tears to my eyes. There are many different subjects covered too. It wasn't, as you would imagine, all about loved ones dying. There was reference to someone leaving home to flee the nest, an old sofa, a house, even favourite, well-worn, jogging pants. One of my favourites was 'The Santa Sack,' the story of someone moving out and getting on with his life and what the sack meant to both parent and child in sentiment. This anthology brought back memories as I read it. So much so that it has inspired me to write my own tales of Saying Goodbye.
—UK author Melanie Sherratt, High Heels and Book Deals
Book Nook Club
Life is full of goodbyes. Some are painful, but some are downright humorous. Saying Goodbye is an anthology of short (true) stories about people saying goodbye to a variety of people, places and things. The authors vary as much as their subjects, and this collection does a nice job of showcasing how different people have so many different experiences with saying farewell.
—Book Nook Club
Jann Adams
This book gets to the heart of what I teach about death and dying - that life is filled with loss and we can learn from each one and ultimately experience life more fully. These stories show that out of loss there are new beginnings. I recommend it for anyone who is struggling with loss.
—Jann Adams, Dept of Psychology, College of Idaho
Gretchen Little
The stories are about love, really, not sadness. Despite all the sadness and grief that come with saying goodbye, there is love and joy and comedy on the Other Side.
—Gretchen Little (Little Squidoo.com Lens)

Meet the Author

Saying Goodbye is an anthology of true stories by 31 authors from the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. The publisher was worried that no one would want to share such personal stories, or that the end result could end up being too depressing to read. But authors from around the world shared beautiful stories about saying goodbye to family members, relationships, jobs, pets, old homes, couches, jogging suits (yes, even jogging suits!), the past, and more. The result is a wonderful mix of stories that blend sorrow and humor.

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Saying Goodbye 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Scuro More than 1 year ago
In the chapter "Evolution of Your Goodbyes" Ruth Schiffmann lets you in on the bittersweet feeling of both finding and losing a loved one at the same time. Wonderfully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love short stories--adding this to my collection!
TediBots More than 1 year ago
This book illustrates in precise compact essays that loosing someone or something is universal. With talented, thoughtful contributors from around the globe, the book offers a reader comfort and understanding when dealing with the myriad of emotions swirling around a loss in one's life. Be it the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job or a home, everyone wants to know they aren't alone. Saying Goodbye can show you that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes. If you have ever had to deal with loss, read this book. It will make you feel better." --Christina Johns, Midwest Book Review (full review coming Nov. 2010)