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What made the experience of listening to On Living the most enjoyable?
Does it make sense to you that crying, again and again, while you hear someone's story is a good thing? Have you ever read a book that makes you hope that somehow in your next incarnation you could continue the author's work? Help me, please. Was it Holden Caulfield who said something about wanting to pick up a phone and have a conversation with a favorite author? I can't speak for you, but I wanted to hug her, so many times.
I would recommend this to anyone, but if I needed to say which author and book I would put on the shelf beside it, it would be BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott.
I'm gushing here. [The defense rests, your honor.] I would ask for a sequel, but I can tell how difficult it would be for the author to be there to hear her patients tell there stories, and then write those stories in a journal, and rewrite and revise and go through the muddy obstacle course of getting it published and promoted. I have no doubt that I will read this one again and again.
What was one of the most memorable moments of On Living?
Kerry Egan has consistently and dramatically shared the intimacy of her own life and the stories of her hospice clients with such a profound frankness and clarity that as a cab driver who has listened to similar stories for more than forty years, I can only regret that I had not read this years ago. I wish that I could have asked better questions of my people, and been more attentive when they spoke.
Have you listened to any of Kerry Egan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the author narrating her own work. I am, once again, indebted to FRESH AIR with Terry Gross for bringing her to my attention.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I am slightly more than halfway through. The most recent moment was when she told how she learned to ask her evangelical clients to describe the day that they were saved. Even for someone who is skeptical of that entire theology, her story was illuminating.
Any additional comments?
I am sure that in time, I could find some additional reasons to recommend this splendid book, but I am going to be selfish and go back to reading it.
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Kerry’s reading of her own work is magnificent, a must listen, amidst all of the changes at end of life, and the tough times, there is beauty. Very insightful, thought provoking, and memorable. Live the best life you can, remember life is fragile and short, always convey your feelings to the ones you love.