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The Household Guide To Dying by Debra Adelaide
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Jul 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: amazing, important

This book is utterly beautiful. It is not, as you might expect, wrenchingly tear-jerking for the entire length; rather, it is funny and insightful and sweet, kind of the way you hope your death is going to be.

The main character finds out that her cancer treatment is not working, and that she has so long to live, just long enough that she can feel good about checking some final things off her list, not so long that you lose sight of what is going on. Also, she is not in a great deal of pain, which makes it easy for her to accomplish things and everything less ucky for us to read about. Possibly not realistic, certainly more conducive to the narrative.

It is also not, as you might expect, simply a montage-style wrap-up of the main character's life. She has full-fledged adventures and exciting things happen, and everything is extra poignant because she is at the end of her life and she knows it.

You must read this book. EVERYONE needs to read this book. It is so, so beautiful.

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