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Letters for Emily

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,527 Ratings  ·  571 Reviews

You are so young. You may wonder what an old man like me could teach? I wonder as well. I certainly don't claim to know all the answers. I'm barely figuring out the questions....Life has a strange way of repeating itself and I want my experience to help you. I want to make a difference. My hope is that you'll consider my words and remember my heart.

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Audio Cassette, Abridged, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Audioworks (first published 2001)
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Jun 28, 2010 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Wednesday letters, I remembered that a friend had given me Letters for Emily, also by Camron Steve Wright. So, I dug it off my shelves and read it this weekend. It was a poignant read for me. I lived next door to the "real" Harry Wright when I was growing up (he did live on Lincoln Street in Midvale, and "Old Man Ross" did live across the street from him!). My father was the Wrights home teacher for years. Harry Wright was a dignified, gentle, warm man--as I remember him. Of course ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Well this book certainly was the change I was looking for after Anna Karenina. I read the entire book in one day of just picking it up now and then as a break from something else I was doing. It's quick, light and easy, which leads me to a question I want to ask.

Do you review books you'd class as literature and this lighter kind of novel in the same way? I always struggle with that and would like to hear some of your opinions on it. It seems almost unfair to use the same criteria for a book like
Jul 28, 2009 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book begins with what could be a depressing story-line. The main character is dying, with Alzheimer's disease. But the story takes an interesting turn when he leaves a book of poems and connected letters for his granddaughter, Emily. These are life messages that connect with both Emily and the adults in her life. Beautifully written and a joy to read. When I find something this hope-filled I can't help but recommend it. Our choices today are so negative, generally, and this is quite refresh ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.

It was my first by Cameron and I loved it.

Emily and her mom visit Grandpa Harry every Friday. Early on in the book Grandpa Harry dies and once that happens they find this book he left for Emily (and Bob and Michelle). This book is full of poems / riddles / puzzles to be solved and once solved leave to life lesson letters. Although Emily is small the adults, Bob and Laura along with Michelle and Greg solve the puzzles and read the letters.

So much more happens but I want you t
May 05, 2009 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robin by: book club
Shelves: book-club
This one had a good story line and enjoyable to read, but could have been written a lot better. I have quite a lot of gripes with the cheesy, unrealistic dialogue. My one other gripe is that, being one myself, I could se how glaringly 'mormon' this writer is even before I read he attended BYU. That would be fine if this were intended to be an LDS fiction, but as it was not, that bugs me. On the positive side, it was squeaky clean, and as I mentioned before, enjoyable to read. Oh, and quick. Very ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Darla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yet another unoriginal, tear jerky, melodramatic story by yet another moderately talented LDS author. More reason not to read books by my fellow saints. I starve for originality and story/ character dimension every time. Very frustrating. There were some good points, I loved learning about the father, Harry. If the story had stayed on he & his wife, maybe it would have been better. And don't send me any hate mail. I am entitled to my opinion.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
An old man, Harry, is dying and in his last few years writes letters to Emily, his grand-daughter who is seven when he passes away. They had been great friends. Emily's mother and father are currently separated. When the family finds the letters they find that Harry was trying to express himself not only to Emily, but to his son and daughter as well.

I loved this book and highly recommend it!
Nov 30, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for books about letters (or even better -- written in letters), so I picked this up. And to my surprise, this turned out to be much better than I anticipated. Judging from the cover (I know, the cliche says I'm not supposed to, but I totally do), I thought this would be a little hokey and poorly written. What I found instead was a readable, clever story. I found myself rooting for Laura and Bob's rocky relationship and appreciating Harry for his efforts in communicating with his fam ...more
When I started, reading this book, I wasn't really sure I wanted to. There were some similarities to my own father, called Harry, whose father was also called Harry, also bald, suffering with Alzheimer's and a granddaughter called Em......Emma.....almost! I hoped to get some insight into my dad's torment but not really wanting to face up to it. I found the story comforting, and heartwarming. I don't want my father to become a stranger, to see him fade. I'd like to remember the way he was. The st ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very unique book about an old man who lives a lonely life and writes his life's lessons in letters to his granddaughter Emily. He writes them in poems and there are passwords hidden in each one that when typed into his computer, brings up a story of this man's life and what he learned. His son, who was never close to him learns about his Dad and learns lessons about relationships that eventually help heal his own marriage. The only thing that was disappointing was that there are some ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story of hope and things that matter most in this life. It's never too late for anyone to mend relationships and reach out to those around you. We never know what someone we love is struggling with. I loved the author's clever use of poems and riddles in Grandpa Harry's letters to his granddaughter Emily to help tell express the deepest feelings of his heart. Sometimes it's really hard to tell someone what you're thinking or feeling because of past wrongdoings, tension or problems that ...more
Feb 22, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't like books about depression. They are depressing. While I understand that depression is a mental illness that effects millions of people, I feel like in our society it is acceptable to use depression as an excuse for all bad behavior. Anyway, I thought it was sad that Harry had to leave all his advice and nice things to say in letters to be read after he died, rather than fixing his relationships in person while he was still alive.
Jun 25, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of Letters for Emily, but what really knocked down my opinion of it was the writing and the choice of themes. The narrator's voice did not ring true to me and there was something awkward about the writing. I am not really sure how to explain, but it just didn't jive for me. Thematically, I felt that Wright would have been better off choosing to talk about just depression, or just Alzheimer's. Having Emily's mother try to solve a mystery of how he really died made Harry's depress ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Vickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably would have given this book 3 stars except for the fact that there were some really good lessons for life in it. My favorite was the one when Grandpa was in his garden and got stung by a wasp. "There will be times when you are minding your own business, hurting no one. Then someone will come along and sting you. You have two choices. One is to get angry and waste days of your life swatting at anyone who looks threatening; if you do, you'll find when you're through, you've accomplished ...more
Alli Elggren
Dec 04, 2013 Alli Elggren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this sweet little book in one day at Newport Beach a few summers ago. Initially I thought it might be too sappy, but I really enjoyed the letters from a grandpa to his granddaughter he doesn't know well. His letters are clever, teach life lessons and give clues about a mystery that runs through the story. Touching and insightful....a fun "beach read."
This was a sweet story about a grandfather's legacy to his family through the letters he left behind. I enjoyed the clues hidden in the letters and found it a clever device to move the story along.

This book made me want to write letters to everyone I left, of course I haven't gotten around to it quite yet.
Aug 02, 2009 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the dialoge was worthless, the story line decent. I liked the fact that the book was similar to something that had happened in the author's life. And the grandpa's story was interesting, borrow it if you need a quick, mediocre read.
Feb 06, 2008 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-reads
This is a wonderful book! It combines mystery with a story about family love and loss. It's very sweet and makes you want to write similar letters for posterity. It reads very fast. Have fun figuring out the puzzles!
May 19, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old man struggling with losing his mind writes letters to his granddaughter, Emily. Much more complicated than it seems as he hides clues in his poetry and sets up a treasure hunt. Humor and wisdom. Loved it.
Cassie Shepherd
I recommend this book despite the three star rating. I am just a cry baby and teared up through the entire book. For me, it is one of those bitter/sweet books you love, but have a hard time getting through.
Jul 30, 2015 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was an amazing read with twists and wonderful lessons of joy. This book is one that makes you want to be a better person. I could not put it down I loved the characters and story.
Feb 02, 2015 Stan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story full of a anecdotes, metaphors, and vignettes about life and the trials and challenges we all face. But it isn't preachy or condescending; first and foremost it is a story. The anecdotes come naturally as we follow the lives of several people who are struggling with their own problems. The story also contains many puzzles and riddles incorporated into the stories and poems that Harry—by this time deceased—shares with his granddaughter Emily and indirectly with his son and d ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Sherilyn
Thoroughly loved this book. Loved the crazy old man and his cryptic poems left to his granddaughter. Loved the relationships. It was a quick, easy read and very heart warming.
Mar 26, 2008 Tawnia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book based on a true story. The advice he gave his grandaughter is advice we all could use. Keep some tissues close!
Jul 30, 2014 R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-but-good
Opens your eyes to depression and how it can destroy relationships. Touching tidbits of advice nestled in the grandfather's stories.
Eva Mahoney
Feb 23, 2014 Eva Mahoney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this story, if not already, should be labelled young adult. I don't normally read a book so fast. I was intrigued by this novel. One thing would get resolved and another was right around the corner. I like that better than the writing concept of building on the same point, just about getting ready to resolve the issue only to have a monkey wrench thrown into the mix. I kept wanting to read more and more. I would like to have seen more issues with the grandfathers dementia. His writing, a ...more
I'm not really interested in a book that has third person omnicient narration that gives the thoughts, opinions and motivations of two separate characters within the same paragraph. I don't think that's a good stylistic choice because it bounces the reader around constantly and takes you out of the story.

I also thought medical diagnoses were thrown around much to carelessly. When a character with no medical background suggests a diagnosis for a deceased character & a doctor who has never met
Debbie O
Nov 18, 2013 Debbie O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story! Quick and easy read. I'll probably read it again someday. I am considering writing some letters now, too!
Life has a strange way of repeating itself, and I want my experience to help you. My hope is that you'll consider my words and remember my heart.... LETTERS for EMILY Harry Whitney is dying. He has Alzheimer's disease, and he knows his "good" time is dwindling. So he compiles a book of poems for his beloved granddaughter, Emily, hoping that his words of hard-won wisdom will heal the old wounds that are tearing his family apart. But Harry's poems contain much more than meets the eye -- clues and ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would finish it. It opens with a man who has Alzheimer's Disease, and I was saddened at the prospect of following this gentleman's decline and the way it affected his family.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by the actual letters for Emily featured in the story. There are some heartwarming and inspiring life lessons in them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books about families and relationships. It's really quite beaut
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Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received a B.S. in Business from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Writing & Public Relations from Westminster College.

Camron’s first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. In addition to North America, Letters for Emily w
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