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Susan Spencer-Wendel, author of Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy

Susan Spencer-Wendel’s UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Co-written with Bret Witter, the book is Spencer-Wendel’s account of living a full life with humor, courage and love, but also accepting death with grace and dignity.

Week of March 3, 2014

Releases for the week of March 3rd include ORDINARY GRACE, a departure from William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series and a 2014 Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel; DON'T GO, Lisa Scottoline's story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero; Z, a novel by Therese Anne Fowler that brings Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life; and UNTIL I SAY GOODBYE, a moving and inspirational memoir by Susan Spencer-Wendel, who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel

March 2014

Just about a year ago, I read UNTIL I SAY GOODBYE by Susan Spencer-Wendel (with Bret Witter) right before it was published in hardcover. I was so very, very moved by this story. I had read some of her Palm Beach Post columns where she had been documenting her journey with ALS, which is a truly hideous disease with no cure. From the start, she knows her fate. She also is a journalist and a very take-charge person. So instead of crying “woe is me,” she has gone on to live life joyfully, all the while the disease is zapping her muscle control. She has traveled with family and friends, planned memories for her children, and focused on doing rather than weeping.