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The Things That Need Doing: A Memoir

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“You keep fighting, okay?” I whispered. “We’re in this together. You and me. You’re not alone. You hear me? You are not alone.

5:38 p.m. It was the precise moment Sean Manning was born and the time each year that his mother wished him happy birthday. But just before he turned twenty-seven, their tradition collapsed. A heart attack landed his mom in the hospital and uproote
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jill Meyer
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sean Manning has written a memoir of his mother's last year of life, basically spent in full time hospital and then, at the end, hospice care. Susie Manning, a nurse, was felled by a heart attack and then developed cancer. Sean doesn't give her age, but I think she was probably in her late 50's when she died. A relatively young woman.

I don't know why readers choose to read a book like Sean Manning has written, but I know why he wrote it. Often, it seems, the long illness and ultimate death of a
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Read It Forward
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
I'd like to quote Philip Patrick, Sean Manning's editor. This is just how I felt reading The Things That Need Doing: "The story is tragic. I cannot lie to you about that. I cried every time I read the manuscript and I read it many times. Sean and his mother, they won’t ever leave me and I don’t think they’ll leave you either. There is an indelible power to Sean’s story that insists you step out of our busy time to reflect on what matters." For more inside scoop from Philip, visit ReadItForward.c ...more
Laurie
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
A sweet book about a young man dealing with his mother's heart attack and subsequent lengthy stay in the hospital. Will likely resonate with anyone who has been in a similar position. Based in Cleveland, and contains lots of details about growing up there, so may be of interest to others who have done so
Chelly
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A very sad memoir of what a son does for his mother as she is dying of cancer and attempting to recover from a massive heart attack. Its gutwrenching to read at times and down to earth no flowery filler here.
Perkimom
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I admire the author's integrity and courage in taking care of his mother, basically throughout his life but I didn't get into it as much as I would have thought.
Nancy
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow! After watching and helping my mother to die, this was pretty powerful. It is a part of life and one we don't deal with very well, even though we should.
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