The Light of the World

The Light of the World

by Elizabeth Alexander


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The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

New York Times Bestseller
First Lady Michelle Obama's Favorite Book of 2015
A New Yorker, NPR, Boston Globe, Publisher's Weekly, Newsday, Library Journal,, Shelf Awareness, The Root, and St. Louis Dispact Best Book of 2015 Pick
New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
An Amazon's Best Book of the Month, April 2015
IndieBound Indie Next #1 Pick, May 2015
Buzzfeed's "53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down" Pick

A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander.

In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid price, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband's death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss.

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is at once an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well-lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship. For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares what matters most, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is required reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455599868
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 134,287
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander composed and recited "Praise Song for the Day" for President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. She is the author of six books of poetry—including American Sublime, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—and is the first winner of the Jackson Prize for Poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellow. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.

Table of Contents

I "Last Night On Earth" 1

II Honeycomb 45

III "The Edges of Me in the Hands of My Wife" 83

IV Ghost of All Bookstores 123

V The Plum Blossom 167

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The Light of the World: A Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MowgliEHEH More than 1 year ago
The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander is a gem and a reflection on love. I was so drawn into her description of food, art, music, reading, singing, conversation, dancing, and poetry being intertwined with the acts of living and of loving. A quick read with profound importance. I so enjoyed the sprinkling of poetry and recipes, alongside this poet’s style of narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the most beautifully crafted blend of poetry and prose, happiness and sadness, and life and death that I have ever experienced. It is an incredible book about love and loss, and I recommend that everyone reads it.
Yolee580 More than 1 year ago
In this mean old world, all of us need to be reminded what love really looks like! What a wonderful read! This book feels like the warmth of your favorite throw. Elizabeth Alexander is truly a gifted writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touched me in so many ways. Elizbeth Alexander's prose relating her beloved's death was heartwrenching.Anyone who has lost a loved one will relate and be a better person for it.
WendkosOlds More than 1 year ago
A beautiful meditation on a man, a woman, a marriage, a family -- love and loss. By the time you finish the book you know these people intimately and love them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful memory of a life well lived. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an intimate look into the lives of a family before and after the light of the author's world, her wonderful husband dies too young, unexpectedly. She writes so well that you come to feel that you know and begin to love this man you've never met! I was sad for her loss, but felt lifted up somehow, getting to know this special family. READ THIS BOOK YOU WON'T BE SORRY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So frustrating to see that 2 people who gave one star had nothing to do with the book, which then reduces the rating for this book. There used to be a place where I would report reviews that were inappropriate and had nothing to do with the content. Please delete those 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago