Dying: A Memoir
"Bracing and beautiful . . . Every human should read it." —The New York Times
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
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 coura...more
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Dying: a Memoir is Cory Taylor’s last book. Cory writes that she is sixty years old and dying of a melanoma-related brain cancer, and says: “…in this, my final book: I am making a shape for my death, so that I, and others, can see it clearly. And I am makin ...more
“while my body is careering towards catastrophe, my mind is elsewhere, concentrated on th ...more
The book itself is divided into two section with first on he ...more
Can a book about Dying be considered beautiful? If I had any doubts on that Cory Taylor has removed them. The memoir starts with the simple facts that in her fifties she is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. There are three chapters in this short book and the first was powerful for me. There is rational contemplation of suicide together with the possible consequences as well as comments on org ...more
2/3 of the book were about her childhood. In particular, her love and admiration for her mother, general disdain for her father and indifference about her siblings. While I can understand how it would make sense to throw in some ...more
Such a lovely book. I cried, and then I cried some more when I learned she died in hospice right after it was published. I wonder what happened to her stockpile of powdered Chinese insurance plan. It's so entirely immoral so many humans are denied the right to choose a safe and peaceful end. ...more
Taylor's memoir has nuggets of inspirational thoughts throughout the book, as well as insightful observations learned from the experiences in her life.
One passage I especially felt poignant was, "How it ends I'm only now discovering. I ...more
'Dying' by Cory Taylor
3 stars/ 6 out of 10
I was interested in reading this short book because I have recently read an obituary of the author.
Cory Taylor spent her latter years in Queensland, Australia. The first section of the book is primarily about her experiences and treatment after diagnosis with cancer. Perhaps because such experiences vary between countries, what Taylor described did not resonate with me. I found the middle section concerning Taylor's life and family much more interesting, ...more
What an extraordinary little book.
Its brave and forthcoming, and asks all the hard questions. Cory Taylor wrote this in the final weeks of her life. She has let us, the reader, see into her inner self as she struggles to understand what it means to die.
Taylor muses about her life, how it was a good one. She says "The fact ...more
There is a kind of reverence that comes with reading passages like this and knowing they were written in the final weeks of a life. This book is extremely personal – and, at times, profound. ...more
‘Cory Taylor’s book is both a precise and moving memoir about the randomness of family, and an admirable intellectual resp ...more
The accident of birth is just that. And so is everything that happens afterwards, or so it seems to me…
Cory Taylor died at age sixty in July of 2016, but not before finishing this important book that details her life beginning to end. The fact that new treatments and medicines now extend our dying to degrees unmanageable by some and put to good use by others serves the writer well. Cory Taylor deftly, and honestly, presents the history of herself as a chil ...more
There are way better books on terminal illness and facing death. Read Marion Coutts, Paul Kalanithi or Julie Yip-Williams instead ...more
It is a slim volume. Author Cory Taylor speaks frankly and movingly about her approaching d ...more
The second half was a more straightforward memoir about her dysfunctional family. This was interesting, but simply not what I was expecting. ...more
Cory Taylor writes with lightness and a gentleness that carries you right through the darkest and deepest reaches of her journey of dying.
She shares her story sparingly, deftly, with an ease that is beguiling and poignant.
A story of inexplicable grief and loss, a story with effervescent joy and a mother's love, a story of a dad who is seemingly a narcissist who ...more
At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor was dying of a melanoma-related brain cancer. Her cancer could no longer be treated, and death was inevitable. And so, she wrote this book. I imagine that every person who reads it comes away with something slightly different. For me, it’s Cory Taylor’s reflections on her life, and her observations about the deaths of her parents. So many echoes, too, in her thoughts about being able ...more
Taylor was survived by her Japanese-born artist husband of 33 ...more
The long answer is the world and everything in it: wind, sun, rain, snow and all the rest.
And I will miss being around to see what happens next, how things turn out, whether my children's lives will prove as lucky as my own.”