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Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life

In his riveting, artfully written memoir THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION, David Dow enraptured readers with a searing and frank exploration of his work defending inmates on death row. But when Dow's father-in-law receives his own death sentence in the form of terminal cancer, and his gentle dog Winona suffers acute liver failure, the author is forced to reconcile with death in a far more personal way, both as a son and as a father.

Told through the disparate lenses of the legal battles he's spent a career fighting, and the intimate confrontations with death each family faces at home, THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM DYING offers a poignant and lyrical account of how illness and loss can ravage a family. Full of grace and intelligence, Dow offers readers hope without cliché and reaffirms our basic human needs for acceptance and love by giving voice to the anguish we all face --- as parents, as children, as partners, as friends --- when our loved ones die tragically, and far too soon.
 

Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life
by David R. Dow

  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve
  • ISBN-10: 1455575240
  • ISBN-13: 9781455575244