The Bright Hour : A Memoir of Living and Dying

The Bright Hour : A Memoir of Living and Dying

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The author of Lucky, Lucky presents a full-length account of her experiences with terminal metastatic breast cancer as documented in her blog Suspicious Country, a journey that reshaped her views about marriage, motherhood, friendship and memory.

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* INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *

“Stunning…heartrending…this year’s When Breath Becomes Air.” —Nora Krug, The Washington Post

“Beautiful and haunting.” —Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY

“Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny.” —People (Book of the Week)

“Vivid, immediate.” —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe

Starred reviews from * Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal *

Best Books of 2017 Selection by * The Washington Post *

Most Anticipated Summer Reading Selection by * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Glamour * The Seattle Times * Vulture * InStyle * Bookpage * Bookriot * Real Simple * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution *

The New York Times bestseller by poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, is “a stunning…heart-rending meditation on life…It is this year’s When Breath Becomes Air” (The Washington Post).

We are breathless but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.

Poet and essayist Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, she received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.

How does a dying person learn to live each day “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? How does a young mother and wife prepare her two young children and adored husband for a loss that will shape the rest of their lives? How do we want to be remembered?

Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, Nina asks: What makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? “Profound and poignant” (O, The Oprah Magazine), The Bright Hour is about how to make the most of all the days, even the painful ones. It’s about the way literature, especially Nina’s direct ancestor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and her other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer.

Brilliantly written and exceptionally moving, it’s a “deeply affecting memoir, a simultaneously heartbreaking and funny account of living with loss and the specter of death. As Riggs lyrically, unflinchingly details her reality, she finds beauty and truth that comfort even amid the crushing sadness” (People, Book of the Week).

Tender and heartwarming, The Bright Hour “is a gentle reminder to cherish each day” (Entertainment Weekly, Best New Books) and offers us this important perspective: “You can read a multitude books about how to die, but Riggs, a dying woman, will show you how to live” (The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice).

Publisher: Simon & Schuster,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501169366
150116936X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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JessicaGma Jul 10, 2018

It's beautifully written so it's lovely but also sad in turns. You follow Nina and her family as they deal with possible remission but then all the bumps and obstacles that come from a terminal disease. I was definitely weeping at the end.

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singasong70
Mar 26, 2018

Not as captivated as I should be ( too soon after reading When Breath Becomes Air). In the face of death, mentions philosopher, relative (RWE) uses "F" word liberally, convinces me she's not at peace with God. Having sat at bedside with 2 who drew their last breath, one at peace with God and looking forward to heaven, one not, angry, struggling to the end - can say with confidence which I'd rather be and know I am (Just a thought).

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lizalaw
Jan 20, 2018

from Strib 1/20/18

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ulana2001
Oct 14, 2017

Reading this was a true inspiration to me. The courage and humor of this relatively young woman with two young sons and everything to live for is amazing. I think it helps to put our everyday travails in perspective.
Initially I thought this might be too dark a topic for me but it gave me strength instead.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Oct 07, 2017

Beautifully written. I laughed and cried while reading this. I loved the local references, the thoughts on nature as religion, and her way of seeing the world. Reading this helped me to take extra quiet moments, kiss my babies extra, and be aware of the 'suspicious country' we are all in.

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amccannel
Sep 15, 2017

This was such a beautiful book. Poetic and thought provoking.

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FairhavenLibe
Aug 08, 2017

A joy to read, hard not to cry so I cried often. I've read other memoirs by women battling cancer, but this one will stay with me, it is funny, philosophical, truthful, and just so beautifully written.

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Jessi52
Jun 20, 2017

Funny, sweet and heartbreaking. Wonderfully written. Highly recommend.

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carolina_girl
Jun 16, 2017

One of the best books I've read in a long time! Riggs has a beautiful style, full of description and humor. I highly recommend this to ANYONE whose life has been touched by cancer. This book is sure to be one of my favorites for years to come.

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