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Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley
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Feb 17, 2010

really liked it

The author, the only child of William F. Buckley and Pat Buckley, writes about his parents' deaths, which occurred about 11 months apart, but he also writes about their unconventional parenting, their many flaws, and their substantial personal legacies. This is a very unusual memoir about unusually complex people. Buckley Jr., a successful novel writer, is very frank (and often funny) in his descriptions of the shortcomings of his parents, who were generally difficult to be around and not very nurturing. However, he is also clear about his deep love and respect for both of them.

This book is a little uneven for me, with some parts I can really relate to and some I can not relate to at all. Still, as a recently "orphaned child" (a term the author discusses at length), I appreciate his frustrations with the aging process, his overwhelming grief and expressions of regret, and most of all the strength he finds in his memories of the two people who shaped his life.

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