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The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper
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Very sweet and intriguing series of emails between Vanderbilt & Cooper over the course of her 91st year. I saw the documentary about them, "Nothing Left Unsaid," and this is basically the same turf, different format.

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Miss Witherspoon and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge by Christopher Durang
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I'm a huge fan of Durang and was actually lucky enough to see this show in 2005 at playwrights horizons. Reading it now, for the first time, I am struck by how really wonderful it is. Not just funny but moving and smart. Maybe Durang's best work.
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This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
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This is a collection of previously published non fiction essays written by Patchett. The topics run the gamut from thoughts on marriage to her decision to open a bookstore in Nashville to her advice on writing. I know that she is primarily known for ...more
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Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Gratitude
by Oliver Sacks
read in February, 2017
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Very slim, very moving collection of essays by Sacks, reviewing life in his early 80s, as he prepared for his impending death.
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Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan
Emily, Alone
by Stewart O'Nan (Goodreads Author)
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In Stewart O'Nan's "Wish You Here," Emily and her family spend one final week at the family's lake house; Emily is selling it following the death of her husband. In "Emily, Alone," we catch up with Emily and her family some years later. While I don't ...more
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
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Beautiful and heartbreaking. A too young neurosurgeon facing a bleak cancer diagnosis, Kalanithi is inspiring in how he chooses to respond to death by affirming life. The last section, written by his wife after the author's death, left me in tears.
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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
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I love Lena Dunham's voice. I think she is so very smart and funny and a true eccentric.
There are so many books floating around like this one--young or young-ish TV star writes book of essays--and this is one of the best of that lot.
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Cheryl Strayed
“I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Cheryl Strayed
“The thing about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thing that was so profound to me that summer—and yet also, like most things, so very simple—was how few choices I had and how often I had to do the thing I least wanted to do. How there was no escape or denial. No numbing it down with a martini or covering it up with a roll in the hay. As I clung to the chaparral that day, attempting to patch up my bleeding finger, terrified by every sound that the bull was coming back, I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.”
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Betty  Smith
“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Carson McCullers
“They are the we of me.”
Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding

Cheryl Strayed
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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