Dying: A Memoir

Dying: A Memoir

by Cory Taylor

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Overview

"Bracing and beautiful . . . Every human should read it." —The New York Times

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and 2017 Critics' Pick

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2017

At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor’s retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience—the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance—of knowing she will soon die.

Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death.

Taylor’s last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941040706
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 640,217
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cory Taylor was an award winning novelist and screenwriter who also published short fiction and children's books. Her first novel, Me and Mr. Booker, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Pacific Region) in 2012 and her second novel, My Beautiful Enemy, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2014.

Larissa Gallagher was born in Australia and is now based in Los Angeles. With a background as a classically trained actor and musical theater graduate, she works extensively in theater, animation, video games, and audiobooks.

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