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Echoes of Heartsounds by Martha Weinman Lear
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Longtime New York City journalist Lear’s first husband, a doctor named Hal, died after a series of heart attacks. Ironically, 30 years later she was admitted to the same hospital for a heart attack – an event that presents completely differently in women. As a sequel to her previous memoir, Heartsounds (1980) (which I haven’t read but would like to), this explores life’s odd parallels and repetitions. It’s about her shambolic five-week stay in the hospital – infections and conflicting diagnoses abounded – but also about how she survived Hal’s death and later built a new relationship with Al, a widower. It’s short and punchy, and I enjoyed Lear’s wisecracking yet heartfelt voice.

Related reading: The Sanctuary of Illness by Thomas Larson is another heart disease memoir, while The Light of the World is Elizabeth Alexander’s devastatingly beautiful account of her husband’s sudden heart attack death (my favorite nonfiction of 2015 so far).
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April 22, 2015 – Started Reading
April 22, 2015 – Shelved
April 24, 2015 –
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April 24, 2015 – Shelved as: read-via-netgalley
April 24, 2015 – Shelved as: memoirs
April 24, 2015 – Shelved as: illness-and-death
April 28, 2015 – Finished Reading
April 12, 2016 – Shelved as: bereavement-memoirs

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